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Van der Merwe Spa report

Alan van der Merwe is on the verge of clinching the 2003 British Formula Three Championship after scoring two sensational wins at the famous Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium last weekend. "I'm in such a great position, I've had two really good...

Alan van der Merwe is on the verge of clinching the 2003 British Formula Three Championship after scoring two sensational wins at the famous Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium last weekend.

"I'm in such a great position, I've had two really good races at Spa and I'm really happy and grateful that we've come out of this weekend with two more wins," said the joyous van der Merwe.

The sensational young South African increased his points lead in the title race from his Carlin Motorsport team mate Jamie Green by 73 points, with a maximum total of 84 available from the final four races. Alan was able to extend the points deficit despite only half points being awarded in the opening race at Spa.

The race was stopped after only six of the scheduled 11 laps after an accident involving Rizal Ramli (Team SYR) as rain started to fall. His shunt gave the organisers no choice but to red-flag the race.

"We've been lucky because my Mugen Honda engine was overheating at that first race and if it had continued for much longer we might have been forced to retire," said Alan.

Then just before Sunday's second race, a rain shower soaked the Belgian circuit and Alan fought with his Carlin Motorsport Dallara which was a compromise between a wet and dry set-up. "I was struggling mid-way through the race and Eric Salignon (Hitech) was running close behind, but it was an awesome race and I had enough in hand to push at the end to keep him behind," said Alan. It was a commanding victory by the South African who notched up his ninth win of a brilliant year.

Alan can win the prestigious British F3 championship at the next meeting at Donington Park this coming weekend (September 7) by scoring 11 more points than Jamie Green.

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