Review: Carlo van Dam takes the win and the ATS Formula 3 Cup title!17-09-07
On an impressive fashion Carlo van Dam took the championship title in the ATS Formula 3 Cup. The Dutchman came to the Sachsenring with a 31-point lead and was not only able to defend it but even increase the gap! After a third place during yesterday’s race, Van Dam dominated the penultimate race weekend winning the race and German Formula 3 championship on Sunday! The Van Amersfoort Racing driver took eight wins, nine pole positions, six fastest laps, and fourteen podium finishes during this season. The Rookie Cup was also won by Van Dam who took 134 points. In two weeks time the S-T-A-R-T-driver can improve these figures when the final two races of the championship are scheduled at Oschersleben (Germany).
The weekend began on Friday morning with two one-and-a-half hour free practice sessions. Carlo went out with old tyres en got acquainted with the 3,645 meter long track. He ended the session in third place. During the second session Van Dam aimed at a fast lap time with another setup and new tires. Due to several red flags he had to break of his attempts and ended the session again in third place. On Saturday morning two qualifying sessions were scheduled. During the first Van Dam ended up in second place just behind Christian Vietoris who took pole when the checkered flag fell. The second session ended in the same manner. Vietoris took pole again followed by Van Dam. The Dutchman’s main rival Frédérik Vervisch finished in third and fourth respectively.
The start of the first race was not without any troubles for Van Dam. During the installation lap his engine stalled which was not good for his start. Vervisch and Nico Verdonck were able to overtake him. Due to the electrical problems his display malfunctioned so he needed to change gear without any visual adds. Van Dam fought his way back and managed to get on the podium after Verdonck hit the barrier. After eighteen laps Van Dam passed the line in third place.
Van Dam immediately took the lead on Sunday when pole sitter Vietoris retired with a broken clutch. The 21-year old driver continuously improved his lap time and was the fastest five laps before the end. His leading position never was challenged and Van Dam not only ook the win but also took the important ATS Formula 3 Cup title! For the eighth time the Dutch anthem was played for the quick Dutchman!
Carlo van Dam: “I am so happy to win the championship! This season I was the best and I took the win today in a convincing manner. I had a great start and immediately created a gap between myself and the rest. In the final stages of the race it was a bit tense because I lost time lapping slower competitors. Despite this my win never was in danger. I would like to thank my team boss Frits van Amersfoort and the entire crew with my engineers (Wilmar and Vincent) for their work and support. I really liked working together with them. And of course it is great to celebrate my win with forty man of Legamaster. Finally, I would like to thank my sponsors since they helped me a lot this season. Within two weeks I can even expand my lead, but now it is time to open the champagne and celebrate our wins!”