NEWS ARCHIVES: December 1999

This section contains archived news on International F3000, Italian F3000 and Formula Nippon.


December 22nd 1999- Formula Nippon:

Dumbreck to return to Mercedes for DTM Formula Nippon driver Peter Dumbreck, the 1998 All Japan F3 champion, will almost certainly race for Mercedes in next year's new DTM series. He raced for Mercedes at Le Mans this year, but suffered a horrifying crash when his car somersaulted off the track. The Briton was 8th overall in Formula Nippon this year. (Source: Autosport)


December 21st 1999- Formula Nippon:

F3 star Kolby signs for DAMS British F3 front-runner Kristian Kolby has been announced as a surprise new signing for DAMS for next year's F3000 championship. The Dane won the 1997 British Formula Ford title and finished fourth overall for Fortec this year in British F3, winning one race. He had previously tested for WRT. (Source: BBC Ceefax)


December 16th 1999- Int'l F3000:

Minassian moves to Super Nova Nicolas Minassian, who won an F3000 round for Kid Jensen Racing in 1999, will race for Super Nova in 2000. The former British F3 frontrunner has two years experience in the category. (Source: Autosport)


December 16th 1999- Int'l F3000:

Bourdais signs for Gauloises Formula French F3 champion Sebastien Bourdais has signed to drive for Gauloises Formula, the Prost F1 junior team, in F3000 next year. (Source: Autosport)


December 13th 1999- Int'l F3000:

Mikola signs for WRT Indonesian Ananda Mikola has signed to race for the World Racing Team (WRT) in F3000 next year. Ex-Italian F3 driver Mikola raced for the John Village Automotive run Edenbridge team in this year's Italian F3000 series. He won at Enna only to be excluded for a technical infringement. (Source: )


December 9th 1999- Int'l F3000:

Davies plans future in America Jamie Davies, who had a poor season with European Formula in F3000 this year, is planning on a career in North America, probably in Champ Cars. A return to F3000 next year is also a possibility. In 1997 Davies was a championship contender for a while in the DAMS Team, but the past two seasons have been disappointing. (Source: Autosport)


December 9th 1999- Int'l F3000:

Red Bull Junior aim for 2000 entry Team Red Bull Junior aims to remain in F3000 next year by buying an rival team, after failing to finish in the top fourteen teams of 1999. Team boss Helmut Marko plans to keep drivers Enrique Bernoldi and Ricardo Mauricio. Other teams that may take the same option are Durango, Coloni and the Prodrive-linked Lukoil Arden. (Source: Autosport)


December 9th 1999- Italian F3000:

Montin to return to F3 Italian F3000 driver and former Italian F3 runner-up Paolo Montin may race in British F3 next year for Carlin Motorsport. The Durango driver had a poor 1999 season. (Source: Autosport)


December 9th 1999- Int'l F3000:

Button decides against F3000 graduation British F3 frontrunner Jenson Button has decided to remain in the series despite impressive tests for F3000 teams Super Nova and Fortec. The Briton was only in his second season of car racing in 1999. (Source: Autosport)


December 9th 1999- Int'l F3000:

Arrows teams up with European Formula Formula One team Arrows has agreed a deal with F3000 team European Formula Racing for it to form the junior Arrows team for 2000. EFR will provide technical support for Arrows and handle all VIP transportation of team personnel. (Source: ITV Teletext)


December 9th 1999- Int'l F3000:

Fontana and Wilson fight for Minardi F1 drive Formula One team Minardi is to test F3000 drivers Norberto Fontana and Max Wilson at Jerez next Tuesday and Wednesday. Former Sauber F1 sub Fontana had a poor season driving for Fortec this year, while Wilson drove for Petrobras Junior. Either driver will satisfy Minardi's sponsors' wishes for a South American in the team in 2000. (Source: ITV Teletext)


December 6th 1999- Int'l F3000/F.Nippon:

Yoong plans switch to Formula Nippon Malaysian driver Alex Yoong, who raced in International and Italian F3000 for Monaco this year, is planning a switch to Formula Nippon for next season. He will test for top teams PIAA Nakajima and Team Le Mans. (Source: )


December 5th 1999- Int'l F3000:

Sarrazin signs for McLaren junior team As expected Stephane Sarrazin has signed for championship winning team West Competition for next year's F3000 championship. He will also continue to be Prost's F1 test driver. (Source: )


December 2nd 1999- Int'l F3000:

Junqueira tops Barcelona test times Bruno Junqueira reaffirmed his status as title favourite for next year by topping a huge field at the official Barcelona F3000 tests last week. The Petrobras Junior driver finished more than half a second ahead of Stephane Sarrazin (West Competition) and David Saelens (Super Nova). New European Formula signing Mark Webber was fourth while Tomas Enge was fifth for West Competition. See the top 16 times from the tests in the 2000 preview section. (Source: Autosport)


December 2nd 1999- Int'l F3000:

Couto re-signs for Prost junior team Andre Couto will stay with Gauloises Junior, the Prost F3000 team, for a second year in 2000. Couto shone on occasion this year, finishing third at Barcelona, after an impressive 1998 rookie year with Prema. (Source: Autosport)


December 2nd 1999- Int'l F3000:

Webber signs for European Formula Mark Webber is to return to single seaters with European Formula in F3000 next year. The FIA GT runner up in 1998 with Mercedes last drove single seaters in British F3 in 1997, where he was highly impressive. The Australian's only attempt at racing this year was at Le Mans. Driving for Mercedes, his car flipped over in both qualifying and the warm up, and he didn't start the race. EFDA Euroseries champion Tomas Scheckter tested promisingly with Webber for the European team at Barcelona last week. (Source: Autosport)

 Information sourced from various websites, teletext and Autosport magazine, but text is changed from original reports. This news is updated as often as possible, but news stories may be missed.