Jarvis consolidates runner up position
Aldershot (UK) 24 September 2006. With only two races remaining in the British F3 championship, British rookie Oliver Jarvis has put himself in a strong position to finish as runner up in the championship after two competitive podium finishes at Silverstone which extended his grip on the runner up position over rivals Bruno Senna and Maro Engel.
Having won in Mugello last week Christian Bakkerud made a storming start in race one moving from sixth to third and withstood enormous pressure from Senna to claim a well deserved podium position in front of a large contingent of Danish flag waving supporters.
Christian Bakkerud - Race 1 - P3 - Race 2 - P7
"I had a really good first race. My start was absolutely awesome and I managed to overtake three cars by the first corner so that put me in third place and after that it was just a matter of holding my position for the rest of the race. Oliver (Jarvis) and Mike (Conway) I would say were a little bit quicker than me so we have a bit to do on the car for the next race. Bruno (Senna) was pushing from behind throughout the race and he got close to overtaking once or twice but that was about it. It is difficult to overtake here as the corners don't really allow for it. There are a lot of fast corners before an overtaking spot so it's difficult to get a good run on anyone and I tried in the last corner at Luffield backing off a little bit to hinder his exit so he didn't get a good run on me on to the straight. I had to drive a quite defensive race so it meant it took its toll a bit more on the tyres and my lap times where not as quick as they should have been which meant that the others could pull away. To be honest I'm quite happy going from sixth to third and all my sponsors from Denmark were here this weekend so hopefully I gave them a good show. "
"The second race was okay. I made a good start and made up positions and from then on it was a case of staying put. We thought I would be in a lot of traffic so we put on a bit too much front wing which made the rear tyres overheat and I got overstear. Perhaps at this race the Double R team got the upper hand but we will definitely be right at the front for Thruxton. "
Oliver Jarvis - Race 1 - P2 - Race 2 - P3
"I got a good start off the line. It looked like Mike (Conway) got a little bit of a wheel spin but he managed to cover the inside line. Unfortunately I wasn't able to pull up along side him so I slotted in behind him in second. From then on I drove a consistent race. I didn't have the pace of Mike but was easily able to pull away from those behind. So a little disappointed with second but the important thing was to pull away from Bruno (Senna) in the championship. "
"In the second race I managed a superb start and made up the two places on the grid that I lost after my speeding penalty in the second qualifying which dropped me from third on the grid to fifth. A slightly severe penalty considering the crime I think. Once in third I drove a consistent race and I kept a good pace throughout. I look forward to Thruxton next weekend where I think we can be strong and I hope I can keep hold of my championship second place."
Maro Engel - Race 1 - P9 - Race 2 - P9
"I was on the dirty side of the track for race one and there were stones and sand lying around so I got a lot of wheel spin off the line and lost places in the opening lap and I just didn't have great pace around this track. To be honest, I have been struggling for pace all weekend in the dry and we're not sure why."
"I got a slightly better start in the second race and got a run on Walker (James) but he swerved in front of me and I had to back off and lost two places which I later made up. It's been a difficult weekend but I'm looking forward to the last race at Thruxton and hopefully better results."
Keiko Ihara - Race 1 - P15 - Race 2 - P13
"My start in the first race wasn't very good and I think I was last after the first lap but I managed to take back the positions I lost at the start and overtake two more cars to finish. So it ended up a not too bad race after all. My car has felt very good this weekend and I'm very grateful to my engineer Jimmy and my mechanics for all the hard work they put in to help me."
"In the second race I was pleased with my first lap having made up four positions but then I made some mistakes when I encountered gravel on the track from other drivers excursions. This caused my tyres to loose grip and I lost more and more positions. In the end it was a frustrating race but I am pleased I finished both races and I am looking forward to completing my Formula 3 career at Thruxton next week. "
Team Principal Trevor Carlin
"First of all congratulations to Mike Conway and Raikkonen Robertson Racing on a well deserved championship victory. While it obviously doesn't feel good to lose the championship title it will make us even more determined to regain the crown next year."
"As far as today is concerned we have come away with three podiums thanks to the efforts of Oliver and Christian. Oliver has consolidated his championship second position but he will need to finish ahead of Bruno in both of the Thruxton races next weekend to make sure. "
"Christian's third place showed his win in Mugello was no fluke and he drove a storming first race and withstood some serious pressure from Bruno over the 24 laps. The second race really emphasised how important qualifying is because we started fifth, eight and ninth and the best Oliver could do from fifth was third. We are looking forward to Thruxton. We know we have a competitive set up and I would like to finish the British F3 Championship on a high so I am going to be pushing hard for nothing less than two race wins. This will be important to the Carlin team to carry momentum through the winter break and to put a marker down for 2007."