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Nikon Europe to sponsor team in the 2004 Formula Renault 2000 Europe Cup and - Team Nikon will enter this proven breeding ground for future F1 champions
Nikon, who have a long association with many sports, are excited about the prospect of their first sponsorship relationship in motor sport. Nikon COOLPIX Product Manager Yenna Leenbeek-Zhang Precision timing, performance and technology are intrinsic to both our product range and motor sport. We are really confident that Paul, Yelmer and the team will compete strongly throughout Europe for Team Nikon and we are proud to be able to play a role in developing their careers as they strive to reach the ultimate goal of becoming Formula 1 drivers.
Formula Renault 2000 is the latest generation of Formula Renault race cars. All the cars are designed and built to exactly the same technical specifications by Italian chassis manufacturer Tatuus. Starting from a common baseline, the winning driver will have to rely on his skills behind the wheel and on the ability of his team mechanics to make performance-enhancing adjustments to the car. This competitive race series has already unearthed one Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen (McLarenF1) who left Formula Renault 2000 and immediately joined Sauber F1.
Like many aspiring drivers Paul Meijer began his career in karting. At 16 years old he was the youngest driver to compete in the Toyota Yaris Cup, which he won. The 2003 season was his breakthrough year, winning the Benelux Championship by a massive 51-point margin and being voted Rookie of the Year. After 2 races, both at Monza in the Europe cup, Paul lies in 8th position on 12 points. Yelmer was 6th in the Dutch Formula Renault Championship in 2003, and he will be racing for Team Nikon in this championship as well as in the Europe Cup.
Race Calendar: dates for diary
31 May Zandvoort
8 August Zandvoort
17 October Zandvoort
18 April Valencia, Spain
1 May Magny-Cours, France
15 May Hockenheim, Germany
29 May Brno, Czech Republic
26 June Donington, England
31 July Spa, Belgium
4 Sep Imola, Italy
18 Sep Oschersleben, Germany