Atlantic Racing Team Signs Swiss Driver Antunes for 2011 Formula Pacific

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While the ink is not dry yet on the agreement, Atlantic Racing Team is delighted to announce that Jimmy Antunes has signed with the team for the 2011 Season in Formula Pacific.

Antunes was running in his first ever formula car season in 2010 with Daltec-Atlantic Racing under the guidance of Lucas Strackerjan, in the LO-Lista junior series. Two guest appearances, in the then FBMW Pacific series, convinced him to come back to Atlantic Racing Team fulltime in 2011.

“We were right from the beginning really impressed with his performance, cool headed approach to problems, his good humour and relaxed personality. It seems nothing can really shatter his believe and confidence level in himself!” said Ingo Strackerjan, Manager of Atlantic Racing Team’s Asia operations.

“Our three day January test with him in Sepang went well; times were seen as secondary and of no importance to our program. Funny as it was, he was always in the middle of the time sheet even when we tried the slower set ups” he continued.

“Jimmy Antunes is for sure a natural talent and with some more testing and coaching - I think we will again have a true front runner! Drivers like him you do not see everyday and we credit Lucas, our engineer with having seen Jimmy’s potential when he worked with him in the LO-Lista series last year.

“Now with Jimmy being with us, we can concentrate not only on testing but also to select one more driver. For that we have placed two of our newly acquired cars at the Zhuhai, China A1GP track (ZIC) for testing. This means that drivers can now test with us in Europe, Sepang or Zhuhai under different weather and track configurations and choices” said Strackerjan.

“The team’s two main sponsors - Branson Lifestyle and Kartbahn Racing - will for the second year, provide financial support to the team and drivers” explains Strackerjan. “And we are extremely proud to be associated with them for the second year as true team sponsors. One day in the near future it might just be possible to offer full funding to selected drivers; where we as a team do not have to rely on funding from young drivers. We have already discussed this at length with Branson Lifestyle’s CEO and we might be able to initiate this “step” very soon via a program leaning on the success of that what is currently in use in Canada for karting. More to that in the very near future.”

Atlantic Racing Team’s test schedule is now confirmed, in addition to privately arranged testing in Europe, the team offers:

7th to 9th February – Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
11th to 13th February – Zhuhai International Circuit, China
8th to 10th March – Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
12th to 14th March – Zhuhai International Circuit, China

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