Christian Klien backs the SWR-promoted series as a breeding ground for young racing prospects
The Austrian driver, who scored an incredible debut win last season at the Hungaroring, has been favourably impressed by the championship’s competitive level. A former F1 driver of 58 Formula 1 starts with Jaguar, Red Bull, Honda and HRT, Klien considers SUPERSTARS one of the best proving grounds for young drivers.
“Reigning champion Johan Kristoffersson is a living proof of how the SUPERSTARS ladder can work at its best – said Klien – as he took full advantage of his spectacular maiden season. At just 23 years of age, he lined-up alongside some very experienced racers including many former F1 stars and earned his ranks against them. It’s no surprise that he left such a strong impression in the recent Audi Sport DTM test and made an outstanding GT debut in the 12-hour race at Bathurst , finishing fourth in a Phoenix Racing-prepared Audi R8 LMS”.
For 2013, SUPERSTARS confirmed its successful race format and Klien has no doubt on the matter, “The championship’s format is a winning one. With two sprint races per weekend, drivers have to be in top shape to be competitive in the combat-filled situations typical of Race Day”.
“I’m keeping all doors open for the future – continued Klien – Last season’s experience with Maserati was fantastic.”
In addition to being a top developmental arena for young talent, the SUPERSTARS INTERNATIONAL SERIES has established itself as a premium destination for the most skilled drivers of the international panorama, providing them with a competitive environment and an unparalleled media package. With the help of his 2012 SUPERSTARS results, Italian Thomas Biagi won the BMW Sports Trophy and was selected by the Bavarian manufacturer to test-drive a DTM BMW M3 racecar at the Spanish Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia.