Highly-rated Dutch driver Bent Viscaal will drive for HWA RACELAB in the 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship. The talented 19-year-old can already look back on positive experiences with one German team.
Affalterbach, 18th February 2019 – In Bent Viscaal, HWA RACELAB welcomes one of the most impressive young European drivers into its ranks. He joins the team from the Euroformula Open, where he enjoyed great success with Teo Martin Motorsport. His figures from last year speak for themselves: one win, podium finishes in 12 of the 16 races, five pole positions, four fastest laps, second place and the top rookie in the championship. He also won the German Junior Kart Championship whilst driving for the KSM Schumacher Racing Team in 2015, following in the footsteps of four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel.
HWA RACELAB is one of ten teams in the new FIA Formula 3 Championship. Each team will field three cars. The third HWA RACELAB driver will be announced shortly. The series will share the bill with Formula 1 at eight race weekends and features a total of 16 races. Barcelona hosts the opening round on 11th May.
Bent Viscaal (19, Netherlands)
"The level of success that HWA enjoyed in the DTM is very impressive. As such, I am delighted to be part of the new Formula 3 team at HWA RACELAB. The first few days with the team have been very positive and you can feel that there is a good spirit. For me, this season is all about learning as much as possible. I am looking forward to the challenge of the new Formula 3 series. They are going to be exciting, high-quality races. The car has more horsepower than I am used to, but I will soon get used to that."
Thomas Strick, team principal HWA RACELAB
"I am pleased to be able to welcome a very talented young racing driver to our new Formula 3 team, in the form of Bent Viscaal. The systematic and optimal promotion of youngsters is at the forefront of our involvement in Formula 3. Bent has shown his huge potential in the past. We are now looking to support him as much as possible with his further development. I am sure that both parties will benefit in the end."
About HWA AG
HWA AG is an independent, 360° engineering specialist in the fields of automobile racing and high-performance cars. Formed in 1998 by Hans Werner Aufrecht, the company is based in Affalterbach (Germany) and employs roughly 300 highly-qualified members of staff. HWA AG offers all its products and services under the motto ENGINEERING SPEED: The company’s objective is to develop the best possible, high-quality solutions, in order to get its partners and customers to their destination quicker. The portfolio of services ranges from designing all vehicle components to assembling complete cars, together with the relevant logistics, after-sales and support services.
About HWA RACELAB
HWA RACELAB is HWA AG’s operations team in motorsport. It brings together experienced specialists in high-quality race engineering and the associated services, in pursuit of success on the motorsport scene. HWA RACELAB will enter Formula E as a new team in the 2018/19 season, adding a future-oriented string to HWA’s wealth of racetrack expertise. Furthermore, HWA RACELAB will race in the new, international FIA Formula 3 championship in 2019. With eleven Drivers’ titles and over 180 race wins as a works team for Mercedes-AMG in the DTM, the company is one of the most successful players in international motorsport. HWA RACELAB also draws on the company’s other core areas of expertise, such as the development, assembly and running of GT cars for customer racing, as well as the assembly of Formula 3 race engines.