|Tristan Viidas from Estonia is the proud winner of the Formula BMW Talent Cup shootout in Valencia, Spain. This earns the 15-year-old a season in the Formula BMW Talent Cup motor sport education programme, fully financed by BMW and worth 100,000 euros. “It’s absolutely amazing! Because it isn’t down to the best times, you never know where you stand. I’m over the moon. Sebastian Vettel led the way. Formula BMW really is the perfect entry into formula racing,” said the ecstatic winner. During the two-day shootout, a total of 26 young driving talents competed for this “free ride” for the forthcoming year. |
There were several key factors behind this triumph. BMW works driver Dirk Adorf and a team of instructors and data engineers assessed the contestants’ driving potential and the ability to implement advice from the coaches on the track. “We were impressed at how the young drivers coped with varying conditions on wet, drying and dry surfaces. In the case of Tristan, the overall package proved the best fit,” explained Adorf. In addition, internationally renowned mental coach Professor Dieter Hackfort put the youngsters through their paces with various tests.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt commented: “It was a very close contest and there wasn’t much in it in the end. I have no doubt that in Tristan Viidas we have found a worthy successor to Stefan Wackerbauer, winner of the shootout 2010 and of the Formula BMW Talent Cup 2011. I look forward to a successful second season of the Formula BMW Talent Cup.”
The Formula BMW Talent Cup marked its debut in 2011 and is already highly rated among up-and-coming young drivers. Extra starting slots for the shootout were added due to popular demand, while prospects for the coming season are likewise very good: a flood of enquiries has similarly prompted an increase in the number of available places. “The fact that our field of drivers for 2012 is almost complete reflects the high standard of training offered by the Formula BMW Talent Cup,” noted Adorf.
In the Formula BMW Talent Cup, drivers are systematically introduced to the challenges of professional motor racing. Driver coaches and race engineers take charge of small groups and take them through everything from individual driving style to complete vehicle set-up. The training concept behind the Formula BMW Talent Cup is based on the competence of qualified experts. Specialist coaches instruct the drivers about fitness and nutrition, but beyond the physical side the mental aspect of motor sport is also playing an ever greater role. That calls for a mental coach who teaches strategies for handling stressful situations on and beside the race track. Dealing with the media is likewise growing in importance, so the drivers have to learn to handle professional media content as well as how to behave in front of a radio mike or a TV camera. All communications are based on English, the international lingua franca of motor sport. The global nature of the Formula BMW Talent Cup is reflected in the event calendar for the young racers, who travel to circuits across Europe.