Strong perfomance in Fuji14-09-11
Dutchman Carlo van Dam last weekend shone during round six of the Japanese Super GT championship at the circuit of Fuji where in his stint he raced from a 21st starting position to fifth place. “I am not someone to say this very often about myself, but I really drove a very good race.”
Carlo arrived at Fuji after racing an EXR Team 106 Hyundai Genenis in South-Korea. “That was a stand alone event organised by Hyundai at the circuit of Taebek. We didn’t have the right tyre pressures in qualifying and I was thus only eighth fastest, but in the first race I finished second, although I was later
disqualified for having pushed another car a bit. In the second race I moved too early at the start so I got a ‘drive through’ penalty, but I still managed to drive back to the front and finish third.”
At Fuji a week later, Carlo again drove the Porsche 911 GT3 R of the Japanese team Direction Racing (pictured) as team mate of Akira Mizutani.
“In qualifying we opted for what turned out to be not the ideal tyres as in the end the weather got just a bit too hot. Consequently, I had to start from 21st on the grid, but I knew our car had the speed to run at the front. I had a good start and after that things just got went really great. During my stint in the car I got it up to fifth place and we were the second fastest car on track in the GT300-class. Only a BMW Z4 was quicker, but that was no surprise as that car seems to have been allowed a bit too much in terms of the engine restrictors the organisers apply.”
After he had handed the Porsche over to his team mate Mizutani, the car dropped to sixteenth place in the second half of the 250 KM race, but Carlo was satisfied still: “I am not someone to say this very often about myself, but I really drove a very good race. And I am happy that we have now proved that we have the speed to run with the fastest cars in our class.”