Paul Ricard: Laurens Vanthoor preview

Euro Series F3 start this weekend The Euro Series F3 kicks off this weekend on the splendid Paul Ricard circuit in southern France. And the reigning German F3 champion Laurens Vanthoor is also counting the days to the season opener and the ...

Euro Series F3 start this weekend

The Euro Series F3 kicks off this weekend on the splendid Paul Ricard circuit in southern France. And the reigning German F3 champion Laurens Vanthoor is also counting the days to the season opener and the Signature VW-driver is fully ready to continue in the same light in France as during his pre-season tests in Barcelona and Valencia.

Countdown to Paul Ricard

Last week Laurens Vanthoor unveiled his Signature VW F3 during his official press conference in Brussels. The Belgian Volkswagen importer, d'Ieteren and the Belgian VW Club was a fist-rate host and Laurens Vanthoor looked ahead to things to come: "It goes without saying that I'm really counting the days. The winter was long but the pre-season tests as also the excellent results achieved really gave me that extra boost to get back into action. But tests are neither real competitions nor races, and that's what it's all about."

Clear-cut ambitions

Laurens Vanthoor makes no secret of his ambitions for this coming season. The young man from Zolder is aiming at least for a top-5, "even though a podium place during the first meeting would be brillian.t Paul Ricard is a somewhat special case, with an enormous long straight and therefore limited down force, conditions in which my team, Signature has always been good. On the other hand I have never competed there with an F3 and I only know the circuit from a few training laps in a different type of car. But that's no excuse."

Physically and mentality prepared

Apart from the test work in Spain a few weeks ago Laurens Vanthoor has not been sitting around. The 18 year old VW driver has just completed an intensive work out. "Physically I have been concentrating on endurance training these last few weeks, but power training in the gym was also on the programme. In addition there were mental sessions as also eye training, of major importance for the alertness and reactions during the races. In between I tried to relax and rest a fair amount."

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Laurens Vanthoor