Jarvis and Engel star at Brands F3 weekend
Brands Hatch (Kent) 27 August 2006. A fantastic job by the Carlin Motorsport F3 team saw Oliver Jarvis come away with one pole position, one win and a fastest lap in Sunday's second race whilst team-mate Maro Engel took two second places and a fastest lap over the course of the weekend. Both British F3 rookies took to the demanding Kent circuit with aplomb and drove two strong races. Team mate Christian Bakkerud added points to his tally but could not match his team-mates pace on this occasion. Keiko Ihara suffered a miserable weekend with just one non points-scoring finish.
Race 1 P4, Race 2 P1
"We had the pace in the first qualifying session but the rain caught us out a bit. The Brands GP circuit is more like a street course out the back. If you make a mistake, drop a wheel you're in the barrier. In the first race, I paid the price for going off in the qualifying session as I was stuck behind Yelmer Buurman and although I was faster I couldn't get past him without taking a huge risk. Mindful of starting race two from pole, I settled for fourth. Race two was straight forward once I'd got off the line OK. I controlled the pace completely and I felt that I could have pulled away at any time and I was able to keep a constant lead and not make any mistakes. I'm absolutely delighted especially for the team because they have worked so hard, they really deserve this. It's been all about winning this weekend, we were looking for wins here, to get to the top of the podium and show that we are capable of winning more races. This means a lot to us, we won in Mondello but that seems a long while ago. However we've showed we're still on the pace and this was a strong team performance, which is superb for Carlin "
Race 1 P2, Race 2 P2
"My first race was a typical Brands GP race, I was quick and got close to Mike (Conway), but I couldn't get alongside him. I pushed him hard waiting for a mistake but he didn't make very many. We had the pace in both races this weekend but it is very difficult to overtake here, both Mike in the first race and Oliver in the second did a good job of defending their lead and I just couldn't get past either of them and I wasn't going to throw away any podium positions and points by making silly moves. I'm very pleased with the overall results this weekend and this circuit really suited my driving style and setting the fastest lap in the first race was the icing on the cake! "
Race 1 P10, Race 2 P9
"This weekend has been a disappointing frankly. I had a spin in the first qualifying and didn't get a lap together in the second which was really my own fault. In the first race I was a bit unlucky starting on the outside with oil and cement dust ruining my chances of a good start hence I dropped down to 13th position but managed to regain positions to finish tenth. People say you can't pass in Formula 3 but if you keep pushing you're always in with a chance. I managed a better start in the second race and overtook one car but he got me back in the next corner. The positives from this race weekend are that at least I'm coming away with points in both races although I should really have been closer to the front after being the fastest driver at Silverstone and almost winning the race there. I'm looking forward to the next races at Mugello and think we can be strong there. We have a test at Pembrey before leaving for Italy and I hope to improve the car to be able to hit it hard when we get to Italy."
Race 1 P14, Race 2 DNF
"I have had a pretty disappointing weekend. I would have liked to have got some points but with many red flags in the first qualifying I struggled to get my pace up and unfortunately I had a misfortune with my car in the second qualifying when my fuel pump broke and although my mechanics and my engineer worked hard to fix it, I wasn't able to go out again and set a lap time. The first race was okay. I managed to overtake some cars but it's a difficult circuit to overtake on so I had to settle for 14th position. In the second race after the safety car came in I ended up on the very slippery part of the circuit at Paddock Bend where the accident had taken place and I went off myself. Unfortunately I damaged the car and end up retiring, not exactly the way I wanted to end my weekend. I look forward to going to Mugello now and hopefully to some better results. "
Team Principal Trevor Carlin
"Both Martin (Stone) and I are really pleased with our team's efforts this weekend. Everyone in the team has done a superb job to give our drivers competitive cars over the three days. Both Oliver and Maro are rookies in the British F3 Championship and it was Maro's first time here at the Brands Hatch GP circuit. To take two strong second places and quickest race lap of the week-end is an achievement worth taking about. Oliver put in a star performance in the second race and drove supremely confidently to take his second win of the season and he also set the fastest race lap in race two making racing around the Brands Hatch GP circuit look easy! Oliver has now moved up to second place and although Mike (Conway) has pulled away in the championship table, I hope Oliver can hold on to his second and keep Bruno (Senna) behind."
"Christian didn't get his qualifying together properly and as a result didn't get a follow up podium from Silverstone. It's hard to overtake here which Maro can vouch for but Christian still managed some overtaking and did a good job to take points. He showed us at Silverstone what a good little racer he is and all he needs now is to get his qualifying performances together to consolidate his undoubted pace. I'm sorry for Keiko that we had a mechanical problem in the second qualifying session which compromised her starting position but I think she found this circuit quite difficult given the limited amount of track time available.
We move on to Mugello now, the first time that the British F3 series has ever visited this spectacular circuit and we will be working hard to give our drivers as competitive a set-up as we managed for Brands Hatch. "