Game, set and match for Carlo van Dam30-08-08
Dutchman Carlo van Dam today claimed the 2008 Japanese Formula 3 championship title. The Toyota Team TOM’s driver did so in style, having started from pole position and taking his seventh win of the season - his fifteenth podium finish in as many races. With three rounds to go, Carlo, who last year won the German F3 championship, can now already no longer be beaten in the Japanese title fight.
“This is what I came to Japan for earlier this year”, says Carlo. “Because I took pole position this morning for today’s and tomorrow’s race, sixth place would have been enough to seal the title, but I really wanted to win this race too. Fuji is the home track of our team and of Toyota of course, and I wanted to win the championship in style. I am happy we managed to do so. I took the lead at the start and after a lap I had a gap of more than a second and then I just moved away further from the rest. The track was wet, but drying, and got quicker and quicker. My car handled fine and I am particularly glad that we have now won at Fuji as well, because in the first races here, at the start of the year, I was in the top three, but not satisfied yet with the performance. I am extremely happy to have won the championship title and the way we clinched it here today. The team has been fantastic all year and deserves a big compliment. Together we have worked hard and got the maximum out of it again today.”
Tomorrow, round sixteen of the 2008 Japanese Formula 3 championship will be held at Fuji, where Carlo will again start from pole position.
Result Japanese Formula 3 championship, race 15 (Fuji, 30 August):
1. C. van Dam (Neth - Dallara) - 25min 24 sec 867
2. K. Kunimoto (Jap - Dallara) - op 3 sec 992
3. K. Cozzolino (Jap - Dallara) - op 6 sec 668