Carlo van Dam wins at Suzuka11-05-08
Dutch racing driver Carlo van Dam has today won the sixth round of the Japanese Formula 3 Championship at Suzuka. 22-year Carlo started from second place on the grid and took the lead at the start. He extended his lead to over four seconds and set fastest lap of the race. Because of his first win of the year, he is now the joint championship leader.
“It was about time”, Carlo said after the race. “In terms of speed we were right up there from the beginning of the season onwards, but although I was on the podium in each race, I could do with a victory of course. The start was a bit chaotic, because it took a long time for the lights to go out. My team mate Iguchi took off way too early from the second row of the grid and he was turning into the first corner by the time we got started. I got away very well and I knew that I was effectively leading the race, because Iguchi was going to be penalized. After two laps he went off anyway and dropped back, so also in terms of the championship standings this was a good weekend for me. Suzuka is a great circuit to win races on and I had a faultless afternoon, pulled away from the rest of the field and set fastest lap, which is rewarded with an extra point.”
In two weeks time the seventh and eighth round of the 18-round championship will be staged at Motegi.
Result Japanese Formula 3 championship, race 6 (Suzuka, 11 May):
1. C. van Dam (Ned, Dallara), 33 min 12 sec 056
2. H. Yasuda (Jap, Dallara) at 4 sec 406
3. K. Cozzolino (Ned, Dallara) at 6 sec 666