Motopark Academy

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Germany Motopark
Founded 1998
Base Oschersleben, Germany
Team principal(s) Timo Rumpfkeil
Founder(s) Timo Rumpfkeil
Current series European Formula 3
ADAC Formula 4
Former series GP2 Series[a]
Formula 3 Euro Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Porsche Supercup
German Formula Three
ADAC Formel Masters
British Formula 3
Current drivers Sweden Joel Eriksson
Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara
Finland Niko Kari
China Guanyu Zhou
Germany Sophia Flörsch
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0:
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC:
2007, 2008, 2009
ADAC Formel Masters:
2011, 2012
German Formula 3:
2013, 2014
GP2 Series:
Formula Renault 2.0 Germany:
2004: Scott Speed
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0:
2004: Scott Speed
2006: Filipe Albuquerque
2008: Valtteri Bottas
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC:
2006: Filipe Albuquerque
2007: Frank Kechele
2008: Valtteri Bottas
2009: António Félix da Costa
German Formula 3:
2012: Jimmy Eriksson
2013: Marvin Kirchhöfer
2014: Markus Pommer
ADAC Formel Masters:
2012: Marvin Kirchhöfer

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.[1]



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 2.0[edit]

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 Cup[edit]

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 Series[edit]

Russian Time was established by former Russian racing driver and manager Igor Mazepa and Motopark Academy team principal Timo Rumpfkeil in 2013.[2][3] The team had sought an entry to the GP2 Series for two years before finally being accepted in 2013, replacing iSport International.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

In 2014, the team was set to made their debut in GP3 Series, taking Bamboo Engineering's slot and continue to participate in GP2, German Formula Three and ADAC Formel Masters.[7][8] The team's preparations for the 2014 season were disrupted by the death of Mazepa from complications relating to thrombosis in February 2014.[citation needed] 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.[9]



GP2 Series[edit]

Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. Points D.C. T.C.
2013 Dallara-Mecachrome United Kingdom Sam Bird 22 5 2 3 181 2nd 1st
France Tom Dillmann 22 0 1 2 92 10th

FIA European Formula 3[edit]

European Formula Three Championship
Year Car Drivers Wins Poles F.Laps Points D.C. T.C.
2015 Dallara F312-Volkswagen Malaysia Nabil Jeffri 0 0 0 2 26th 7th
India Mahaveer Raghunathan 0 0 0 0 39th
Thailand Tanart Sathienthirakul 0 0 0 0 40th
Germany Markus Pommer 1 0 1 116.5 10th
United Kingdom Sam MacLeod 0 0 0 2 24th
2016 Dallara F312-Volkswagen Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 0 0 1 89 12th 4th
Sweden Joel Eriksson 1 0 2 136 6th
Finland Niko Kari 0 0 0 82 13th
China Guanyu Zhou 0 0 0 80 14th


Current series
European Formula 3 Championship 2015–2016
ADAC Formula 4 2015–2016
Former series
Formula König 1999–2000
Formula Renault 2.0 Germany 2001–2005
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 2004–2009
Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup 2005–2009
German Formula Three Championship 2010–2014
Formula 3 Euro Series 2010–2011
ADAC Formel Masters 2011–2014
British Formula Three Championship 2011, 2014
GP2 Series 2013


  1. ^ a b Operation Team at Russian Time team


  1. ^ Tremayne, Sam (4 March 2013). "Russian Time will replace iSport in GP2". haymarket Publications. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Игорь Мазепа: Мы ведём переговоры с Диллманом и Фряйнсом (in Russian). 7 March 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Kabanovsky, Aleksander (5 March 2013). "Russian Time hopes Motopark tie-up will build driver ladder into F1". Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Bradley, Charles (22 February 2013). "iSport on verge of selling GP2 entry". Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Bradley, Charles (21 April 2013). "Bahrain GP2: Bird wins thrilling sprint race victory by 0.08s". Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Bradley, Charles (24 May 2013). "Monaco GP2: Sam Bird wins in Monte Carlo again". Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Allen, Peter (27 September 2013). "Russian Time joins GP3 field for 2014". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "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. 
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