Motopark Academy (raced under Lotus moniker from 2012 to 2014) is an auto racing team based in Oschersleben, Germany, next to the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben race track. In 2013, the team competed in the GP2 Series under the name Russian Time.
The team have competed in open-wheel racing consistently since the start of the 21st century. They have competed in the Formula 3 Euro Series since 2009.
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0Edit
They were teams' champions in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 in 2004, with their American driver Scott Speed taking the drivers' title with eight wins. Motopark Academy won the drivers' title of the 2006 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season with Filipe Albuquerque, with the Portuguese driver collecting four wins in all.
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European CupEdit
Motopark Academy have won all four Drivers' Championships in Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, since it formed in 2006. They won with Filipe Albuquerque in 2006, Frank Kechele in 2007, Valtteri Bottas in 2008 and António Félix da Costa in 2009. Motopark Academy also won the Teams' Championship of the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC three times: 2007, 2008 and 2009.
GP2 and GP3 SeriesEdit
Russian Time was established by former Russian racing driver and manager Igor Mazepa and Motopark Academy team principal Timo Rumpfkeil in 2013. The team had sought an entry to the GP2 Series for two years before finally being accepted in 2013, replacing iSport International. iSport International withdrew from the series after being unable to secure a budget to compete in the upcoming season, and so its management elected to shut the team down in order to avoid bankruptcy.
The team won its first race in only its fourth appearance, when Sam Bird won the sprint race of the Bahrain round of the championship. The team took a second win on the streets of Monaco, with Bird finishing ahead of Kevin Ceccon after a fourteen-car pile-up on the opening lap forced nine drivers out of the race.
In 2014, the team was set to make their debut in GP3 Series, taking Bamboo Engineering's slot and continue to participate in GP2, German Formula Three and ADAC Formel Masters. The team's preparations for the 2014 season were disrupted by the death of Mazepa from complications relating to thrombosis in February 2014. On 18 February 2014, it was announced that Motopark had ended their partnership with Russian Time, leaving the position of all those drivers signed on for the 2014 GP2 and GP3 seasons, in limbo.
Formula 3 and Japanese single-seatersEdit
In 2018, Motopark spent last season in the history of FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Jonathan Aberdein, Sebastián Fernández, Fabio Scherer, Marino Sato, Dan Ticktum and Jüri Vips.
Motopark is scheduled to make their debut in Japan in collaboration with the B-Max racing team, competing in Super Formula with Lucas Auer and Harrison Newey and Japanese Formula 3 with Sacha Fenestraz, Enaam Ahmed, 'Dragon' and Tairoku Yamaguchi. The team was also set to partake in the inaugural season of the Formula European Masters Championship reuniting with Sato and signing Red Bull Juniors Yuki Tsunoda and Liam Lawson, but the series ended up being cancelled due to a lack of entrants. In April 2019, it was announced Motopark would switch to the Euroformula Open Championship and retain its intended Formula European Masters line-up with Julian Hanses joining in a fourth car.
Current series resultsEdit
|2019||Dallara SF19-Honda||Lucas Auer||7||0||0||1||14||9th||8th|
|2020||Dallara SF19-Honda||Pietro Fittipaldi||0||0||0||0||0|
Euroformula Open ChampionshipEdit
|2019||Dallara F317-Volkswagen||Marino Sato||16||9||6||5||11||307||1st||1st|
Japanese Formula 3 ChampionshipEdit
|Japanese Formula 3 Championship|
|2019||Dallara F314-Volkswagen||Sacha Fenestraz||20||8||5||9||18||162||1st||1st|
|Dallara F315-Volkswagen||Ameya Vaidyanathan||20||0||0||0||0||0||13th|
|Dallara F312-Volkswagen||Enaam Ahmed||20||2||1||1||8||63||3rd|
|Dallara F316-Volkswagen||Ukyo Sasahara||3||0||0||0||0||3||12th|
Former series resultsEdit
Formula 3 Euro SeriesEdit
|2009||Dallara F308-Mercedes||Atte Mustonen||0||0||0||4||19th||7th|
|Renger van der Zande||1||0||0||7||15th|
|2010||Dallara F308-Volkswagen||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||0||0||0||7||13th||4th|
|António Félix da Costa||3||0||1||40||7th|
|Dallara F305-Volkswagen||Jimmy Eriksson [G]||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Dallara F308-Volkswagen||Renger van der Zande [G]||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Dallara F305-Volkswagen||Luís Sá Silva [G]||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|2011||Dallara F308-Volkswagen||Jimmy Eriksson||0||0||0||93||9th||4th|
|Tom Dillmann [G]||0||0||0||0||N/A†|
|Artem Markelov [G]||0||0||0||0||N/A|
† Shared results with other teams
FIA Formula 3 International TrophyEdit
|2011||Dallara F308-Volkswagen||Kimiya Sato||0||0||0||7||9th|
|Tom Dillmann [G]||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Jimmy Eriksson [G]||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Gianmarco Raimondo [G]||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Kuba Giermaziak [G]||0||0||0||0||N/A|
FIA European Formula 3Edit
|FIA Formula 3 European Championship|
|2015||Dallara F315-Volkswagen||Markus Pommer||33||1||0||1||2||116.5||10th||7th|
|Dallara F314-Volkswagen||Nabil Jeffri||33||0||0||0||0||2||26th|
|2016||Dallara F315-Volkswagen||Joel Eriksson||30||1||0||2||10||252||5th||3rd|
|Dallara F316-Volkswagen||Sérgio Sette Câmara||30||0||0||1||2||107||11th|
|Dallara F314-Volkswagen||Guanyu Zhou||30||0||0||0||2||101||13th|
|2017||Dallara F315-Volkswagen||Joel Eriksson||30||3||2||2||14||139||2nd||3rd|
|Dallara F316-Volkswagen||David Beckmann||21||0||0||0||0||45||16th†|
|Dallara F314-Volkswagen||Marino Sato||30||0||0||0||0||1||17th|
|Dallara F317-Volkswagen||Keyvan Andres||30||0||0||0||0||0||21st|
|2018||Dallara F318-Volkswagen||Dan Ticktum||30||4||4||1||8||308||2nd||2nd|
|Dallara F315-Volkswagen||Jüri Vips||30||4||3||6||7||284||4th|
|Dallara F315-Volkswagen||Jonathan Aberdein||30||0||0||1||3||108||12th|
|Dallara F316-Volkswagen||Fabio Scherer||30||0||1||2||1||64||14th|
|Dallara F314-Volkswagen||Marino Sato||30||0||0||0||0||31.5||16th|
|Dallara F318-Volkswagen||Sebastián Fernández||30||0||0||0||0||5||21st|
† Includes points scored for Van Amersfoort Racing
ADAC Formula 4Edit
|Japanese Formula 3 Championship||2019|
|Euroformula Open Championship||2019|
|Formula Renault 2.0 Germany||2001–2005|
|Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0||2004–2009|
|Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup||2006–2009|
|Formula 3 Euro Series||2009–2011|
|German Formula Three Championship||2010–2014|
|ADAC Formel Masters||2011–2014|
|British Formula Three Championship||2011, 2014|
|ADAC Formula 4||2015–2017|
|FIA Formula 3 European Championship||2015–2018|
|Formula 4 UAE Championship||2016–2018|
- Operation Team at Russian Time team
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- Thukral, Rachit (January 11, 2019). "Honda reveals details of Super Formula line-up shuffle". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
- "Motopark adds fourth Euroformula car for Julian Hanses". 18 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
- Allen, Peter (February 18, 2019). "Liam Lawson signed to Red Bull Junior Team after TRS title, to race for Motopark in FEM". FormulaScout. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- Allen, Peter (28 February 2019). "Marino Sato to stay in Formula European Masters with Motopark after testing F2". FormulaScout. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
- Khorounzhiy, Valentin (5 December 2018). "Red Bull firms up Honda-linked junior team plan for 2019". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
- Brierty, William (February 15, 2019). "Sacha Fenestraz finalises Japanese F3 and Super GT programmes". FormulaScout. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
- Simmons, Marcus (March 29, 2019). "Enaam Ahmed switches to Motopark in Japanese F3 reshuffle". Autosport. Motorsport Network. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
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- Игорь Мазепа: Мы ведём переговоры с Диллманом и Фряйнсом (in Russian). F1news.ru. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
- Kabanovsky, Aleksander (5 March 2013). "Russian Time hopes Motopark tie-up will build driver ladder into F1". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- Bradley, Charles (22 February 2013). "iSport on verge of selling GP2 entry". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- Bradley, Charles (21 April 2013). "Bahrain GP2: Bird wins thrilling sprint race victory by 0.08s". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- Bradley, Charles (24 May 2013). "Monaco GP2: Sam Bird wins in Monte Carlo again". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- Allen, Peter (27 September 2013). "Russian Time joins GP3 field for 2014". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
- "Lotus team to compete in the 2014 ATS Formula 3 Cup". German Formula Three Championship. Formel-3-Vereinigung e.V. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
We will contest the ADAC Formula Masters, the GP3 and GP2 in 2014. Therefore we can pave the way for young talents to smoothly advance from karting towards Formula 1. We will announce the drivers shortly before the end of the year.
- Simmons, Marcus (29 January 2018). "Aberdein joins Motopark for rookie European F3 season". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- Simmons, Marcus (29 January 2018). "Motopark adds sixth driver to F3 line-up". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- Allen, Peter (8 January 2018). "Marino Sato stays with Motopark for second season of European F3". formulascout.com. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- Simmons, Marcus (31 October 2017). "Motopark names F3 2018's first driver signing". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
- Turner, Kevin (4 December 2017). "Red Bull's Ticktum announces Motopark F3 move". Motorsport Network. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
- Allen, Peter (20 February 2018). "ADAC F4 champion Juri Vips seals 2018 F3 seat with Motopark". formulascout.com. Formula Scout. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
- Simmons, Marcus (March 22, 2019). "DTM-supporting Formula European Masters series for F3 cars cancelled". Autosport. Motorsport Network. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
- Wood, Elliot (April 2, 2019). "Motopark makes Euroformula Open switch, retains FEM line-up". FormulaScout. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
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