Engel scores his first podium for Carlin Motorsport Aldershot (UK) 22 May 2006. German Maro Engel scored his first British F3 podium on Sunday after only four races in the Championship. A mistake in the first race saw him in the gravel but his...
Engel scores his first podium for Carlin Motorsport
Aldershot (UK) 22 May 2006. German Maro Engel scored his first British F3 podium on Sunday after only four races in the Championship. A mistake in the first race saw him in the gravel but his team turned the car around for him to drive a superb second race to finish in second place. Meanwhile Oliver Jarvis and Christian Bakkerud managed to scored points in the first race but a mid race manoeuvre by Jarvis on James Walker ended not only with him in the gravel but also team mate Bakkerud who was following close behind and had no where to go when the cars in front spun. For Japanese female racer Keiko Ihara the weekend finished with a first point of the season after a solid drive in the second race and National Class driver Ricardo Teixeira finished third in race one to bring home his first trophy.
Car no 1. Christian Bakkerud Race 1 - P 9 Race 2 - DNF
My first race was pretty uneventful. I lost out in the start and fell back to eleventh but regained positions up to ninth where I stayed for the rest of the 20 lap race. It started to rain very heavy and the spray from the other cars made it difficult to make any safe moves on other cars. I made a flying start in the second race and managed to overtake Oliver coming into the first corner but lost out a bit later. I was in fourth position when Oliver, just ahead of me, tried to overtake James Walker in third and it didn't really work and I got caught up in their incident and finished in the gravel. I feel really disappointed but these things happen and I will have to work on having a good race in France next time out.
Car no 2. Oliver Jarvis Race 1 - P 2 Race 2 - DNF
I didn't get a very good start in the first race and lost a place to Salvador Duran. The first lap was just a case of trying to stay on track as the conditions were difficult and I could hardly see anything with all the spray coming from the other cars. After that the race settled down a bit and I managed to get Salvador back braking a bit later into the first corner and took him on the inside. I set about trying to catch the cars in front but the spray was getting heavier with the rain falling but fortunately for me some of the drivers ahead made mistakes and I moved up to finish fourth which I'm pleased with. I had high hopes for the second race. I lost a place in the start to Christian and fell down to fourth but managed to take it back some laps later. I was catching the second placed car when I tried a move on Walker which didn't pay off and I spun off unfortunately taking Christian with me. I feel the car is competitive and I am looking forward to going to Pau, France to get another chance for a podium finish.
Car no 11 Keiko Ihara Race 1 - P 20 Race 2 - P 11
I'm disappointed with the first race as I was pushed coming into the chicane and spun off. I lost a lot of time getting back onto the track and I didn't get a chance to make up this time as the weather conditions got worse as the race went on. The second race was quite hard for me as I was again pushed and nearly spun which made me lose positions but I managed to finish this race and stay on track and made up positions to finish in the points. I want to say many thanks to my Engineer Jimmy and my mechanics and to Carlin Motorsport for all their help.
Car no 12 Maro Engel Race 1 - DNF Race 2 - P 2
I'm really happy with my second place here today and I can't thank the guys enough here at Carlin for fixing the car after the first race where I put it in the gravel to get me on the grid for the second race in a very competitive car. I made a good start in the first race and managed to pass Walker on the outside into Redgate corner and started to pull out a bit of a lead on him when Mike Conway then made a mistake and I moved up to second. Unfortunately I made a mistake not long after that and Walker got close enough to pass me. Going down to the Old Hairpin I followed him and on the exit I ran a bit wide and hit the kerb, spun around and went off. Now I hope there is a chance for some podiums and I'm really looking forward to going to Pau in two weeks time.
Car no 34 Ricardo Teixeira Race 1 - P 17 Race 2 - DNF
I had a very good first race. Conditions were really bad as for all of us but I managed to overtake three cars and put myself on the podium which I'm really pleased about. The second race wasn't as good. I tried to overtake my team mate Keiko but spun and when the pace car came out after my team mates Oliver and Christian's incident I thought I would have a chance for a podium position again but when I came around to see the green light, my engine gave up and I had to park the car which was a bit disappointing. But all in all I am really pleased to have come away with a third place in my category.
Team Principal Trevor Carlin
The team is very pleased with Maro's results this weekend at Donington Park. It's only his fourth race in the British F3 Championship and he is already up there challenging the drivers in their second and third seasons. Maro was very pleased with the car and knew he could have challenged for the lead but after the incident in the first race he decided to play it safe and take the points and build from there which is a mature decision that we all appreciated. Unfortunately Oliver and Christian did not finish the second race although they were both in strong positions when an incident on lap nine put them both in the gravel. However, they scored points in the first race although not as many as we might have liked. It was also nice to see for all of us that Keiko got her first point of the season after a solid drive and Ricardo taking his first podium in the National Class which should hopefully be the first of many. Now we must get on with more testing before we head down to the south of France in two weeks time and the street circuit of Pau.