Biography

Name: Carlo van Dam
Date of birth: 27 February 1986 (Vlaardingen, The Netherlands)
Nationality: Dutch
Lives: Gotemba, Japan
Marital status: Single
Height: 1.75 meters
Weight: 65 kilos
Hobby's: Squash, fitness, mountain biking
Favorite food: Italian
Education: VWO, 6th grade (Thorbecke Topsport Rotterdam)
Languages: Dutch, English, German, French and Italian

Carlo van Dam started Kart Racing at the age of 8 years old in a mini-kart 60cc. After a year of intense training on the little track of Strijen in the south-west of Holland Carlo drove his first race and soon after that he started participating in the Dutch Championships.

Soon it became clear that he was very competitive and in the year of 99 Carlo showed his talent to the rest of Europe with an impressive 9th place at the European Junior Championship in his first year International.

Over the years Carlo has gathered over a hundred trophies in his career as a racing driver. Everything Carlo achieved in his career can be read in the heading 'Racing Career'. His most important victory so far was the European Championship Formula title in 2001 A, thanks to the P.D.B. racing team.

His remarkable performance also reached the ears of the Renault F1 team and Carlo was invited to test in a Formula Renault at the Estoril circuit in Portugal. After a positive test based not only on driving skills, but also maturity, adaptability and the ability to realise their potential Carlo got offered a place in the Renault Driver Development Program.

In 2002 Carlo finished as runner-up in the Italian Open Masters FA and ended in 4th position as best 'rookie' with the Trulli Kart Team.

The 2003 season was a difficult one for Carlo due to uncompetitive material. Nevertheless he won the prestigious Andrea Margutti Trophy and finished 6th in the European and 4th in the Italian Championship Formula A.

After all those years of karting Carlo made his debut in 2004 in the Formula Renault 2000. With the team of Van Amersfoort Racing he finished 5th in the Dutch Championship with 3 podiums, 3 poles and 3 fastest laps.

In the years following Carlo continued to realise his ambitions at a European scale. With the French SG Formula he finished 3rd in the Eurocup with 1 victory.

In 2007, Carlo makes the step to Formula 3. Driving for the Dutch Van Amersfoort Racing team in the ATS F3 Cup, Carlo wins the championship by 9 wins, 10 poles, 7 fastest laps and 16 podium finishes.

Carlo moved to Japan in 2008 where he was a factory driver of TOM's Toyota in the Japanese Formula 3 championship. Carlo won the championship dominantly with 9 wins, 10 poles and 6 fastest laps. He also set a new record by scoring 18 podium finishes!

After his successful season in Japan, Carlo moved back to Europe. It would be a difficult year to find a way in the autosport. Starting the season with Kolles Heinz & Union, he moved half-way the season to GT Racing with Full Speed, and for three races Carlo took part in the Superleague Formula for PSV Eindhoven.

For 2010, Carlo will take part in the Le Mans Series with the Atlas FX Team, with a Saleen S7R.

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