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Spyker's Albers to race fighter jet 18 Apr 2007

Christian Albers (NED) Spyker F8-VII.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, Friday, 13 April 2007

Spyker's Christijan Albers will face one of the toughest challenges of his Formula One career on Friday, when he goes head-to head with an F16 fighter jet in a straight-line speed contest. The challenge, named ‘Full Throttle’ by organisers, will see Albers in his F8-VII race against Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) pilot Ralph Staal.

A select group of guests have been invited to the special event, which will be held at Volkel air force base in the Netherlands. Those with tickets include a group of potential RNLAF recruits and a small number of people, who won tickets for the event through special competitions.

Historically, the Spyker team has enjoyed a close relationship with the RNLAF. Back in 1913, the first commander of the air force drove a Spyker car and from 1915 the air force flew seven Farman F22 planes, built under licence by the Dutch automobile company. The Spyker team's current logo even features an airplane propeller.

In 2003, former Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher took part in a similar contest against an Italian air force Eurofighter jet. Schumacher won one of the three 600m runs in the Italian team’s F2003-GA, reaching the finish line just 0.2 seconds ahead of the jet, which boasted top in-flight speeds of 2500kph.