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Spa: Carlin Motorsport race two report

Engel rules Spa weekend Aldershot (UK) 29 July 2006. Maro Engel made his break-through F3 win with a storming drive to claim the 12th round of the British F3 championship by over 6 seconds from the erstwhile championship leader. Carlin ...

Engel rules Spa weekend

Aldershot (UK) 29 July 2006. Maro Engel made his break-through F3 win with a storming drive to claim the 12th round of the British F3 championship by over 6 seconds from the erstwhile championship leader. Carlin team-mates Christian Bakkerud and Oliver Jarvis looked set to join the German on the podium at one stage but cruel luck robbed them both.

Maro Engel Race 2 - P1
" It's been one of the most fantastic weekends of my career by a long way. Winning here at Spa today was amazing and a very special feeling. I knew that with the car the Carlin team and Matt my engineer has given me, there was no way we weren't going to come away with a win. Two pole positions, one second and one win - I couldn't have asked for more when I came here to Spa on Wednesday. I am now fourth in the championship table and have closed in on my team mate Oliver in the championship table and Bruno Senna in second place is only 16 points ahead now. We have got Silverstone to look forward to next in the championship and of course the Masters event in Zandvoort next week-end and I hope I'm going to be able to build on my good results from this weekend. "

Oliver Jarvis Race 2 - P10
" A disappointing weekend to be honest but at least we managed to come away with points. I was in a comfortable second position after Bruno spun on lap four and took Christian with him. I was lapping probably a second behind Maro when something happened to the car. It took some time until we had worked out that my fuel pump had broken and I had to switch to the other tank. As a consequence, I lost forty seconds and a lot of places. It's good to know we certainly have the pace and that we are very competitive. The team and Honda have given all of the Carlin drivers fantastic cars this weekend and it's a shame Christian and I didn't make it to the podium along with Maro. "

Christian Bakkerud Race 2 - DNF
" I must be the unluckiest racing driver out there at the moment. For the fourth time this season, I lost out on a podium position today. I had a good start and came out third after Bruno and my team mate Maro. I was under a bit of pressure from Oliver but managed to shake him off and after that I was the quickest car on the track and catching the leaders. Unfortunately when I got close, Bruno spun and he took me with him while Maro escaped and could continue in first. It's massively disappointing when you know you have a great car and you are quick but I'm pleased for Maro who managed to take his maiden win and I just hope my luck returns and I can do the same soon. "

Keiko Ihara Race 2 - P12
" My start was okay but I didn't manage to make any places and I just concentrated on staying on the track and pushing as hard as I could. This circuit is physically very demanding so after two races here I am feeling quite tired. It's a shame we couldn't score points but at least finished both races which is important. "

Team Principal Trevor Carlin
" Maro has been on top form all week-end and he thoroughly deserves this win. I'm of the opinion that we might have come away from Spa with a 1-2-3, were it not for Bruno taking out Christian and Oliver's fuel pump problem. As all of our drivers have acknowledged, we had a very good set-up this week-end and the progress we are making with our chassis and engine development is really beginning to pay dividends. We will investigate Oliver's fuel pump problem, it's annoying that this problem cost Oliver some points today. Regarding Christian Bakkerud, I'm almost lost for words in regard to Christian's bad luck. He was driving well today, catching the leaders when Bruno Senna spun and collected him. I'm sure his luck will change and I'm impressed by his resilience during this lean spell."

" Finally, our young Brazilian prospect, Mario Moraes finished 11th overall and was the first National Class car. Mario did a super job this week-end and impressed everyone in the team. For Zandvoort, Mario will get a run in one of our A Class cars and that will be worth watching judging by his performance this week-end. "

-Carlin Motorsport

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Series BF3
Drivers Keiko Ihara , Oliver Jarvis , Bruno Senna , Christian Bakkerud , Maro Engel , Mario Moraes , Trevor Carlin
Teams Carlin