Bad luck for Carlo in French Formula Renault18-04-06
NOGARO, 18 APRIL 2006 - Two exciting races in the traditional annual eastern races for the French Formula Renault 2.0 haven’t produced the desired results for Carlo van Dam last weekend. Van Dam took a impressive pole position, but wasn’t able to finish both of his races. Tomorrow the S-T-A-R-T driver will test at the French High Tech Test Track Paul Ricard, for the final preparations for the next Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 round at Zolder.
Van Dam drove during the only 40 minutes free practice at the 3,636 kilometer long Nagaro track the 8th fastest time. The first Saturday qualifying went better for the inhabitant of Vlaardingen, at a drying track he posted the fifth time. With this time he was faster than his French teammates Julien Jousse (P7), Jean Karl Vernay (P8), Nicolas Navarro (P15) and Tom Dillmann (P19). In final qualifying Van Dam had to set things right and took his first pole position this season. With his 1:25.880 he was the only Formula Renault 2.0 driver to drive one complete lap Nagaro within 86 seconds.
RACE 01 + 02
With 50.000 (!) spectators on the grandstands Van Dam won a spot in the start of the first race and found rapidly connection with the top three of the 31-car field. His race towards the head of the field ended however when shortly came off track. Next to three positions, he also lost one of his dampers and entered the pits, driving on seventh position. The SG Formula Team tried to fix the damage, but had to conclude they weren’t able to fix it before the end of the race. Van Dam continued his race, but had to withdraw after ten laps.
During the second and final race Van Dam, started from pole position, wasn’t able to keep his first position in the first lap. In a straight fight with Laurent Groppi he lost his position to his French competitor and started the second lap in second position. Van Dam tried to get first position back by trying to pass Groppi, but the Graff Racing driver kept his door firm shut. In an exciting fight both drivers collided with each other, resulting in Van Dam losing his front wing. The race ended for Van Dam when one of his tires was also punctured due to the collision.
CARLO VAN DAM: ”Although I only scored one point this weekend, I was on the right pace in free practices and qualifying sessions. I had hoped for a better start of the French Formula Renault 2.0 championship, but due of bad luck I had to end both races early in the pit. In first race all of a sudden a damper broke and in the second race I drove over my own sharp pieces of my own damaged front wing, which punctured my tire. I’m now on my way to Paul Ricard, were I’ll be testing in preparation for the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 races at Zolder.”
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