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21 July 2004 (buw)
Press Release Circuit Park Zandvoort

Zandvoort, July 21, 2004 - This year, again, all top drivers from the various international Formula 3 championships will be taking part in the Marlboro Masters of Formula 3. From August 6 till 8, the Circuit Park Zandvoort will be hosting the 14th edition of this blue riband event. The provisional entry list includes no less than 43 drivers from 18 countries, including all the big names from the Formula 3 Euroseries and the British Formula 3 championship, plus participants from the Italian and Spanish Formula 3 championships. Given the long tradition of the Marlboro Masters of Formula 3 as a stepping stone for up-and-coming drivers, it can be expected that tomorrow's Formula 1-drivers can be seen racing in this event. The Dutch involvement includes the official Marlboro Masters of Formula 3-driver Giedo van der Garde and Charles Zwolsman, both regulars from the Formula 3 Euroseries, Ferdiand Kool, who drives in the Spanish Formula 3 championship, and Ross Zwolsman.

With 25 drivers, the Formula 3 Euroseries provides the numerically strongest fraction in the field of the Marlboro Masters of Formula 3. Of course, the championship leader, British driver Jamie Green, has been entered, as is his team-mate Alexandre Prémat and Nicolas Lapierre, who is third in the standings. Nico Rosberg, the son of former F1-world champion Keke Rosberg, is also on the entry list. At Zandvoort, he will be facing the son of another world champion, Nelson Angelo Piquet, who is leading the British Formula 3 championship from Adam Carroll and James Rossiter.

The leader of the Italian championship, Matteo Cressoni, will also be racing at Zandvoort. He will be accompanied by stalwart Paolo Montin, who is no longer regularly competing in Formula 3 this year, but yet didn't want to miss out on the Masters. From a Dutch point of view, the participation of Giedo van der Garde is an interesting factor. The driver from Veenendaal, who is racing for the Opel Team Signature Plus, will be showing the colours of the Marlboro Masters of Formula 3 and intends to do well in his home event. Van der Garde, who is also a member of the development programme of the Renault Formula 1-team, is in his first season in Formula 3, doing quite a good job in his debut year. Charles Zwolsman has been around in Formula 3 somewhat longer, he is racing for the German Team Kolles. The third Dutch driver on the entry list is Ferdinand Kool. For the occasion, he landed a drive with the renowned British Alan Docking Racing team, that has won the Marlboro Masters of Formula 3 twice in the past with Gareth Rees and Kurt Mollekens.

Spectacular demonstrations with legendary drivers in Formula 1 Ferraris
The 2 days demonstration programme during the Marlboro Masters of Formula 3 looks set to provide plenty of spectacular action, too. No less than four world championship winning Ferrari Formula 1 cars can be seen in action. The cars will be driven by former Ferrari works-drivers Jacky Ickx, among others six times' winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours, and René Arnoux. Jan Lammers and John Bosch will also be driving a Ferrari. Moreover, German Christian Pfeiffer will provide a stunt show with Ducati motorcycles. The programme also includes races in other categories: the Euro GT Series, Formula Renault, the ID&T Clio Renault Sport Cup, the Pearle Alfa 147 GTA Challenge and the SEAT Cupra Cup will each have their own race at the Marlboro Masters of Formula 3.

Two days of action with one ticket
Traditionally, Sunday is 'race day' during the Marlboro Masters of Formula 3, but, just like in 2003, the Saturday is also a day not to be missed. The entire Formula 3 programme with three practice sessions, qualifying sessions, warm-up and the race all takes place in two days.
This means that not only do the Formula 3 drivers have to get to know the track and find the right set-up on Saturday, they also have to set a quick lap time. This means plenty of action on Saturday, which is almost completely occupied by Formula 3 and the spectacular demonstrations mentioned above. Tickets for the Marlboro Masters of Formula 3 can be ordered at the more than 1,000 sales points of Ticket Box, including Primera and Free Record Shop (see www.ticketbox.nl or call 0900-9393 (0.45 Euro/min) for locations). Tickets for the outside enclosures are € 19 in pre-sale and € 22 during the event at the gates of the Circuit Park Zandvoort. Tickets give access both on Saturday, August 7, and on Sunday, August 8. A combined dunes/paddock/main grand stand ticket is € 60 for two days and includes a numbered grand stand seat. The paddock ticket for Saturday and Sunday is new. It costs € 40 and is only available in limited numbers. On Friday, August 6, admission costs € 7 for all locations, paddock included. Every visitor gets the full colour event programme for free.

Follow the action at home on SBS6
Anyone who is not able to be at Zandvoort to watch the unique action during the Marlboro Masters of Formula 3 is obviously missing out on a whole lot, but at least has an alternative: the experienced crew of SBS6 Autosport will be bringing the action to your home live. Part of the programme is live coverage of the Formula 3 race and extensive round-ups of all the other races, backgrounds, interviews and features.

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