Carlo van Dam third in solar-race at Suzuka01-08-10
The Dutch Nuon Solar Team has today claimed third place with Nuna5 in the Dream Cup, the world’s biggest race for solar powered cars, held over two days at the Formula 1-circuit of Suzuka in Japan. Dutch racing driver Carlo van Dam was one of the two pilots of Nuna5.
“First of all, I am very happy for the team”, Carlo says. “They have worked extremely hard all week and they have really impressed me with their effort and professionalism. Already during qualifying it was clear that we had quite a good pace and both yesterday’s and today’s race we could drive Nuna5 into the top three. The teams that finished in the first two positions were simply too quick for us, they have been racing solar cars built specifically for circuit racing for the past fifteen years, while Nuna5, built for long runs in the desert, made its racetrack debut here. Together, as a team, we got the maximum out of the car and because it was a bit cloudy it was quite a challenge to optimally balance our speed and our energy consumption. I think we did so very well, because our third place was never really in danger. After all the races I did here at Suzuka, so far I was always on the podium, so its nice to have been able to maintain that one hundred percent podium finishing rate today!”
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“All in all, it was a wonderful week with a fantastic team. Great, too, to see that this event generated so much publicity and that we were able to wrap it all up with a good result. I will stay in Japan now for a while for a few meetings and a karting race, before returning to Europe later this month to competer in the1000 KM-race in Budapest, the next round of the Le Mans Series.”