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Alan van der Merwe Croft race report

Continued victory for van der Merwe extends his championship lead. Super South African Alan van der Merwe took a sensational win in the sixth round of the British Formula Three championship at Croft to further extend his lead in the drivers' ...

Continued victory for van der Merwe extends his championship lead.

Super South African Alan van der Merwe took a sensational win in the sixth round of the British Formula Three championship at Croft to further extend his lead in the drivers' championship.

The Carlin Motorsport driver clinched the 50th win for the team and headed a Carlin one-two-three - the first for a team in the history of British Formula Three.

"I'm really delighted for all the team," he said afterwards. "This is a perfect result. I'm feeling so confident at the moment, that I believe we can go to Knockhill in a week's time and further capitalise on our position."

Alan van der Merwe won brilliantly from his team mate Jamie Green by 3.5 seconds, and was never headed throughout the race. "I made a great start from pole and beat Will Davison (Alan Docking) and Jamie to lead on the first lap. From that point, Will dropped out and Jamie didn't have the pace to keep up with me."

Alan's dominant victory in round six was due to a slight set-up change that was made to his Dallara F303 Mugen-Honda, which improved, it's handling from round 5. "I was suffering from understeer in the first race but we made a change and I was really able to push in the second," said Alan. "We went back to a set-up we were comfortable with and it certainly paid off." Once Alan had pulled enough of a gap over Green, he saved his tyres and cruised to victory.

It was a strong result to add to Alan's third place in round 5. He fought brilliantly with an ill-handling car and was the highest placed Carlin entrant. His closest championship rival - Jamie Green - crashed out. That allowed van der Merwe to extend his championship lead over Green. "I now have a fifty point lead in the drivers' championship, I never thought I'd be able to achieve that so early in the season," said the star driver.

Before Alan has time to toast his success, he'll be in action again in only seven days time at the Scottish venue of Knockhill for rounds 7 & 8 of the Championship. <pre> Race one result: 1 Will Davison (AUS) Alan Docking Racing 2 Rob Austin (GBR) Menu F3 Motorsport 3 Alan van der Merwe (RSA) Carlin Motorsport

Race two result: 1 Alan van der Merwe (RSA) Carlin Motorsport 2 Jamie Green (GBR) Carlin Motorsport 3 Richard Antinucci (USA) Carlin Motorsport

Championship positions, after 6 rounds: 1 Alan van der Merwe (RSA) Carlin Motorsport 109 points 2 Jamie Green (GBR) Carlin Motorsport 59 3 Rob Austin (GBR) Menu F3 Motorsport 57

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