TOM’s finishes third in Super GT race at Suzuka

25-08-08

Last weekend the sixth round of the Japanese Super GT championship took place at the Suzuka circuit. Juichi Wakisaka and Andre Lotterer are the regular drivers for TOM’s in this championship. For the race at Suzuka there was a driver added. As a reward for his good results in the Japanese Formula 3 championship Carlo van Dam was invited to be the third driver for TOM’s at Suzuka.

It turned out to be a great experience and a wonderful weekend. Carlo: “This attracts so many fans, it’s great to see so many spectators. I think that 90.000 fans came to Suzuka for this race. The popularity of the Super GT is enormous and it was nice to be a part of that for a weekend.” 

“During the free practice and the qualification I drove a couple of laps. I had to show that I was able to qualify within 107 percent of the quickest time and I did, comfortably. The team started the race from fifth position and it went quite well. We gained some positions until Lotterer was pushed and lost the ground we made up for in the beginning. After that the race started again for us.” 

“We decided to go for a four-stop strategy, the rest of the teams made five pitstops. That meant that we didn’t have the fastest car, but we slowly made our way to the top. We were on course for a podium finish, maybe even a win, when we got a stop and go penalty for overtaking under yellow. That cost us around thirty seconds. And afterwards the penalty turned out to be incorrect, but things like that happen.”

“We finished the race in third place. The ceremony was at half past seven, in the dark, with all the fans on the main straight and on the stands. I didn’t drive in the race, but I was invited to the podium anyway. The view with all those flashing camera’s of all the enthousiastic fans was very beautiful.”

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