Superleague Formula racer Kasper Andersen is a man of many talents. The promising 24-year-old Dane not only is competing for his local FC Midtjylland club in this years championship, but he has also designed the livery that will adorn the clubs V12-powered single-seater race car when the club makes its SF debut at Magny-Cours in France later this month.
Ive raced lots of cars but this one is definitely going to be the most special. Its a great honour for me to be representing FC Midtjyland in Superleague Formula and even more exciting as Ive been given the chance to design the cars racing colours, said Andersen who warmed up for the forthcoming Superleague Formula season in spectacular style by winning a Formula Master race recently at Valencia in Spain.
As all the Superleague cars are identical in terms of their design and technology, it was important to create a livery that both stands out from the pack and is easily identifiable to those FC Midtjylland fans following the on-track action, continued Andersen. Luckily I love working with the clever design software on my computer and the clubs black and red colours are very distinctive they lend themselves to the racing cars sleek bodywork. Im very pleased with the results and I hope the fans will like what they see.
FC Midtjyland President Bo Olesen is certainly impressed. He enthused: Our racing colours look great. Whats more the crowd gave Kaspers artwork a big thumbs-up when we unveiled the car before a recent home match. Now we are hoping it goes as fast as it looks! We may be a small club but we have big ambitions.
Superleague Formula is the fusion of the two of the worlds most popular sports capturing the passion of football with the thrill and excitement of motor racing. The new concept features a field of evenly matched V12-powered, 750 horsepower single seater racecars bearing the colours of the worlds leading football teams. Traditional rivals on the pitch are doing battle at some of the worlds greatest racetracks. The series kicked off in 2008 with 12 double-header races staged at six of Europes premier venues. Underlining the competitive nature of Superleague Formula, no fewer than eight soccer clubs (AC Milan, Al-Ain, Beijing Guoan FC, BVB Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool FC, FC Porto, PSV Eindhoven and Sevilla FC) experienced race victories during what was a dramatic inaugural campaign. Building on this success, an expanded grid will contest the 2009 championship, which starts at Magny-Cours in France on 27/28 June.
Age: 24 (born 3 August 1984)
Home town: Silkeborg, Denmark
Lives: Silkeborg, Denmark
Interests: Computing, motor sport, fitness
Superleague Formula Club: FC Midtjyland, DK
Favourite Football moment: The 1998 World Cup quarter final match between Denmark and Brazil. Though Brazil won 3-2, it was a great match to watch.
Favourite All-Time Footballer: Both Michael Laudrup and Peter Schmeichel were great players who represented Danish football on the international stage.
Can You Play Football? I stopped playing as I wasnt very good at it and I went go-kart racing instead! It will be interesting to see if we can manage some football during the season with the guys from FC Midtjyland.
After three years racing karts, Kasper graduated to the Formula Renault 2.0 Nordic Championship in 2003 winning the title at his second attempt in 2004. Thereafter he competed with some success in both Renault Eurocup and German series.
In 2007 Andersen won two races in Formula Masters and took two podiums in the Italian F3000 Championship.
Andersen represented Olympiacos in the first six races of the inaugural Superleague Formula championship posting top ten finishes in both Belgium and Portugal. He also contested selected Formula Master events before switching to Superleague Formula.
In 2009 Andersen will return to Superleague racing for his local Danish club FC Midtjyland