Carlo van Dam keeps on winning09-08-08
At Motegi today, Dutch racing driver Carlo van Dam claimed his sixth win in the 2008 Japanese Formula 3 championship. He convincingly won the thirteenth round of the season and thus increased his already considerable lead in the standings to 78 points with five races to go, meaning he will now be even harder to beat in the fight for the championship. Carlo has so far been on the podium in all Japanese F3-races this year and could secure the title tomorrow already.
“In free practice I lost quite a lot of track time due to an engine problem and I think that cost me pole position this morning. I started from second place on the grid, but when the lights went out I was able to beat my team mate Kunimoto into the first corner. In the race I was then able to pull away from him quite easily, although Kunimoto is always pretty quick here at Motegi. But my car handled just fine today and I also managed to set the fastest lap of the race and claim the extra point you get for that as well. So despite the problems we had in practice, I think we again performed in the best way possible in the race and got the maximum out of it. After the race somebody told me that mathematically I could seal the championship tomorrow already, but I am not really thinking about that to be honest. It is just another race I want to win and then we just have to see what the others do. Tomorrow I will be starting from second place again, so lets wait and see what happens. It is not that easy to make a big difference at Motegi, for the track is quite simple, it is just stop and go all the time here. The start will be important again, so we will see!”
Result Japanese Formula 3 championship, race 13 (Motegi, 9 August):
1. C. van Dam (Ned, Dallara), 25 min 03 sec 741
2. K. Kunimoto (Jap, Dallara) at 3 sec 685
3. T. Iguchi (Jap, Dallara) at 8 sec 697