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Thruxton: Carlin Motorsport race report

Podiums and points for Carlin Aldershot (UK) 1 October 2006. The British F3 Championship concluded in highly entertaining fashion at Thruxton on Sunday and as usual the Carlin Motorsport drivers where in the thick of the action. Carlin's...

Podiums and points for Carlin

Aldershot (UK) 1 October 2006. The British F3 Championship concluded in highly entertaining fashion at Thruxton on Sunday and as usual the Carlin Motorsport drivers where in the thick of the action. Carlin's Oliver Jarvis outscored rival Bruno Senna to hold on to a well deserved runner up position and claim Rookie of the Year. For team mates Maro Engel and Christian Bakkerud there were also high lights, Engel's being a pole position and Bakkerud's another storming race drive from a poor qualifying position.

Christian Bakkerud - Race 1 - P4 - - Race 2 - P2

"I'm delighted with my two races because we were seriously compromised after a number of problems in qualifying and to come away with another podium and a fastest race lap is a very satisfying feeling. For race one I qualified 11th after we encountered problems with one of the drive pegs on the upright which meant that we were not able to set a time in the crucial drying laps of the session. In the race I made a decent start and just decided to attack so I spent the whole race at the absolute maximum passing cars, battling - it was great fun! So fifth on the row and fourth in the points was a great achievement and my fastest lap proves that I have the ultimate pace around this circuit and I know that if we had qualified where we should have, I would have won. "

"For race two were unlucky in that our pitstop for fresh tyres came at the exact moment when the track was at it's best, we were not to know that more rain would fall in the session. Consequently lining up seventh was another disappointment but at least I could see the starting lights from there. It was another cracking race and the last lap was truly awesome with Oliver, Yelmer and myself fighting for the last win of the season. Second place and another podium was very satisfying after our qualifying problems and I really feel that I am now ready to move up into GP2. "

Oliver Jarvis - - Race 1 - P2 - - Race 2 - P3

"My two qualifying sessions where fairly similar yesterday. Both sessions where drying. In the first session I got pipped by Danny Watts right at the last minute and in the second by my team mate Maro. We started behind the safety car in the first race as the weather was atrocious. I decided to not take any chances and gave Danny a good lead to get some clear air and get out of the spray. I closed up on him but I didn't want to risk my podium finish and good points with Danny not being a contender for second place in the championship.

"In the second race Maro stalled his car at the start and I got overtaken by Steven Jelley on the first lap but managed to regain my position. Yelmer Buurman then managed to close up as we hit back markers and on the last lap Yelmer got a massive tow and I made a mistake and both he and my team mate Christian managed to overtake so I dropped from first to third at the last corner. Not the way I anticipated finishing but nevertheless I am really pleased with my second place in the championship and points in the last rounds. Now it's time to concentrate on the next step of my career!"

Maro Engel - Race 1 - P2 - Race 2 - DNF

"This is has been a horrid day for me. I started from fourth in the first race and took the last pole position of the season yesterday so I had high hopes to take at least one win. Unfortunately the weather his weekend has made it very difficult for all of us and today was no exception. I did a good start in the first race and was in third place when I hit Bruno's (Senna) spray and couldn't see a thing and made a mistake putting two wheels on the grass and spun. I recovered to finish seventh so at least in the points and the second race to look forward to, or at least so I thought. "

"I stalled in the start of the second race and dropped from first to thirteenth. I then managed to make my way up through the field to sixth and then went off on my own. Apart from this not so good ending, I have had a very good first season in British F3 with Carlin Motorsport. My learning curve has been very steep including learning all of the circuits. I look forward to going to Macau with Carlin now in November and I hope I can be competitive there."

Keiko Ihara - Race 1 - 17 - Race 2 - P15

"Not only is Thruxton a very quick and demanding circuit, the weather conditions this weekend did not help my situation. It was very difficult to choose tyres and set up's as it went from dry to wet in minutes. My first qualifying session wasn't too bad and I finished sixteenth but in the second session we unfortunately experienced some problems with the change of tyres and I missed out on setting a good time and was P21 when the session finished."

"During the warm up lap for the first race, someone hit me from behind and damaged my rear suspension. I started the race but could feel the balance of the car wasn't right so I pitted but we realised there was nothing we could do with short notice so I continued to finish 17th. On the third lap in the second race someone spun in front of me and I was pushed out on to the grass but despite the car being slightly damaged I managed to carry on driving. On a drying circuit I managed to overtake some cars to finish fifteenth which I suppose isn't too bad considering what happened at the start of the race."

"It has been two very interesting and fun years in the British F3 Championship with Carlin Motorsport and I am very grateful for everything I have learned. I am now going back to Japan in a couple of days time to sort out where I move to next to further my career in motor racing but I'm sure I will see many of the friends I have made around the circuits in Europe in the years to come."

Team Principal Trevor Carlin

"After last weeks racing at Silverstone I was determined to end the season on a high and we have done just that with a pole position for Maro, a race win for Olli and a thoroughly deserved fastest race lap and podium for Christian. We have ended up with our three front line drivers achieving second, fourth and sixth positions in the series and a total of X race wins which given that two of our three racers were new to British F3 is a pretty satisfying result for the team. This year has also seen us face strong competition from the Mercedes engine and I have been very pleased with the way that Neil Brown and Honda have reacted to that challenge and we have totally dispelled the myth that you have to have a Mercedes engine to win."

On the chassis side we undertook an ambitious development programme which has also paid off and we have very high targets to develop our cars over the winter. Whilst the British F3 Championship has come to an end we have one important international event in Macau to contest and we will shortly be in a position to announce our driver line-up and we are going all out to win this year after narrowly missing out with Robert Kubica in 2005."

-credit: Carlin Motorsport

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