Valuable points in Misano17-07-06
Carlo van Dam has been fighting for a good result in the Eurocup Formule Renault 2.0 in tropical weather conditions this weekend. Despite the fact that the S-T-A-R-T driver had to deal with a suboptimal set-up all weekend, he still won valuable points by finishing on positions eighth and sixth. Van Dam was the best Dutchman in the field. In the championship, he currently ranks fourth with 36 points.
FREE PRACTICES + QUALIFYINGS:
Carlo arrived with much confidence at the race track where he had been able to perform well earlier this year (16 and 17 March) at a two-day test of the Eurocup Formule Renault 2.0. The team captain of the French SG Formula team finished the first day of testing as number 1 while he had to leave that spot to South African Adrian Zaugg on day 2 and finished second. This weekend, the thermometer showed temperatures well above 30°C. On Thursday and Friday, Van Dam tried to find a good set up for the qualifying on Saturday. The inhabitant of Vlaardingen had to settle for a position in the mid-field though. The qualifyings went somewhat better for him. He conquered starting positions 9 and 8 for the two races respectively.
RACE 01 + 02:
The start of the first race did not go good for Van Dam. He was able to overtake Red Bull-driver Adrian Zaugg (Cram Competition) and gained position 8. After that, he tried to attack Zaugg’s teammate Jaime Alguersuari but the Spanish driver did not fall for his maneuvers and Van Dam was stuck behind him for the remainder of the race on the 4600m long track. After 18 laps, Van Dam finished the race as eighth.
Van Dam started from P8 in race 2 on Sunday morning. He spun his wheels at the start and was not able to gain any ground right away. On the small race track close to the Italian city Rimini, Van Dam followed Filipe Albuquerque. None of his many attempts to pass Albuquerque was blessed with success though. When towards the end of the race, his French teammate Tom Dillmann spun off the course, he gained position sixth.
CARLO VAN DAM: ‘I am not happy with the weekend. During the free practices on Thursday and Friday we simply never got to the point we wanted to be at. On top of that we should have gotten much more out of the qualifyings. In March I was the fastest on this track but back then the weather conditions where much different from now. We could not find the right set-up for the car all weekend. That automatically leads to running behind. Luckily I was still able to add some points to my grand total so that my fourth place has not been endangered. I have been invited by Dr. Ceccarelli to work on my physical and mental condition for 1 week and will stay in Italy for some time!’