Strong showing Carlo van Dam at Zhuhai14-11-11
Dutchman Carlo van Dam enjoyed a strong showing in today’s 6 Hours Of Zhuhai, the final round of the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. Carlo made his debut in the ILMC with an Audi R8 LMS of the Japanese Hitotsuyama Racing team and recorded what was the fastest lap an R8 would set on the Chinese circuit, before his car lost time in the pits due to gearbox trouble.
“We were quick in qualifying already”, Carlo says. “I was second fastest and only fractionally slower than another R8 that set its time on soft tyres and featured some latest modifications. We had opted to use hard tyres in qualifying as in this series one has to start the race on the same tyres as you qualify on. On soft tyres we would surely have been on pole position, but I was
happy with our strategy for I had a good start and was quicker than the leading Audi and quickly closing in on it. I was on its tail already when the gearbox of my car failed. I could not change gear anymore and had to pit for repairs. The team solved the problem, but it had cost us twenty, twenty-five laps. I was then again quicker than the leading R8, so in terms of speed we were doing really well.”
The Hitotsuyama Audi R8 LMS did complete the race. The car finished third in the GTC-class - but was not classified due to the time lost - and Carlo set the fastest lap of the nine drivers who drove the three Audi R8s that ran at Zhuhai.