South Korea will once again be the venue for the international Formula 3 season closer, as the 3.014km Changwon Circuit plays host to the fifth running of the International Formula 3 Korea Super Prix from November 21 to 23, 2003.

Topping the sterling entry are the sons of two former Formula One world champions, Nelson Piquet Junior and Nico Rosberg, son of Keke, who will do battle with the cream of young single seater drivers for the final title of the season.

Both newcomers to the unique South Korean street circuit, Piquet is entered by the Hitech Racing team, while Rosberg joins the winning Carlin Motorsport team, along with 2000 Korean champion, India's Narain Karthikeyan, and Alvaro Parente of Portugal. Karthikeyan has been competing in the Dallara Nissan World Series this year and, with his knowledge of the track, should be a front-runner.

Piquet, who took pole position in the fiercely-contested Masters F3 international event in August this year, eventually finishing a superb second, is already following in the footsteps of his three times F1 world championship winner father and has a test drive lined up for BMW Williams in December.

Also driving for Hitech Racing is Richard Antinucci of the USA who finished seventh last year in Korea and makes a welcome return having finished fourth in the British F3 Championship this year. Joining him is Andrew Thompson of the UK, making his Korean debut.

Newly crowned Japanese F3 series champion James Courtney also returns to the demanding Changwon circuit. Having finished 14th overall last year in Korea, the Briton will be looking to make his mark at the event in 2003.

Other drivers returning this year are Renault Development Driver Fabio Carbone of Brazil, who just missed out on a podium finish in 2002, and C?sar Campanico of Portugal, both driving with the French Signature Plus squad. Joining them is quick Frenchman Nicolas Lapierre, in the third Dallara F302.

Italian Paulo Montin makes a welcome return to Korea in the Three Bond Racing Dallara F303 Nissan-Tomei.

Manor Motorsport fields a man hotly tipped as a future star - Lewis Hamilton of Britain. Hamilton has been backed by McLaren-Mercedes for several years because of his talent, and has dominated the Formula Renault series in the UK this year. Partnering Hamilton will be one of three Korean entries. Soon Ho will compete in his first Formula 3 event, having raced in Formula 1800.

The other Korean entries are Jin Woo Hwang, partnering Katuyuki Hiranaka with the Prema Powerteam, and Gene Lee with Docking Racing.

Since it first ran in 1999, the International Formula 3 Korea Super Prix has done much to increase the profile of motorsport in South Korea, and has once again attracted substantial support from both national and international corporations. Kumho Tires, official tyre supplier to the Formula 3 Euroseries and a long-time supporter of its home event, is once again Official Tyre Supplier to the Super Prix. Other major corporations giving their backing to the event are Daewoo Engineering & Construction, GM Daewoo, BAT Korea, Posco Engineering & Construction, and SK Engineering & Construction amongst others. Hyundai Oilbank is the Official Fuel Supplier.

Last year an estimated 62,000 spectators turned out to watch the race, and it was broadcast to over 370 million television viewers worldwide.

The event is organised by Gyeongsangnam-do Province and the Korea Automobile Racing Association. Further information on the 2003 International Formula 3 Korea Super Prix can be found at www.f3korea.net.

 

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