Zandvoort: Erik Janis preview

F3: Erik Janis heads as a rookie leader to Zandvoort Dutch Zandvoort is ready to host the fifth event of the F3 Euro Series championship and Erik Janis is going there as the leader of the rookie standings. The weekend marks the half-point of the...

F3: Erik Janis heads as a rookie leader to Zandvoort

Dutch Zandvoort is ready to host the fifth event of the F3 Euro Series championship and Erik Janis is going there as the leader of the rookie standings. The weekend marks the half-point of the championship. As is the tradition, the young guns fighting in the prestigious single-seater category will are alongside the popular DTM championship. The young Czech wants to add more points to his overall tally.

He was close to a considerable amount of points at Norisring two weeks ago. One of the rivals run into his car when he was holding third spot. The last three venues were new ones to the young Czech but this time he can look forward to his favourite track. He drove there with Formula BMW five years ago for the first time and it was also the place of his A1GP debut last year.

Zandvoort (www.circuit-zandvoort.nl) is one of the European classics. The circuit was open in 1948 although the first race had taken place in 1939. The track famous for its sand dunes hosted F1 races for many years. The first Grand Prix took place in 1950 and the last Dutch GP was run there in 1985. The first corner is the famous Tarzan corner that saw many wheel to wheel fights. The track also witnessed the incredible drive of Gilles Villeneuve in 1979 when the Canadian did not want to give up after a puncture and displayed a great drive on three wheels. Czechoslovak drivers Zdenek Vojtech and Bretislav Enge raced there in the same year with a Skoda 130RS. One of the biggest current events at the Dutch track is the Marlboro Masters F3 race.

Erik Janis: "I would like to add points to my overall account. I was quite close to it two weeks ago at Norisring but unfortunately I lost third place after a collision which was not my fault. I like the Dutch track since my first start with Formula BMW and I finished on points there last year in my debut A1GP weekend. It is a demanding track but it marks the half point of the season and I want not only keep the lead in the Rookies but also improve my overall position."

Peter Mücke, Team Principal: "Zandvoort is a very difficult track also due to the fact that is located very close to the North Sea coast and blowing wind often brings some sand on the track. The surface is very slippery as a result. As a complete opposite to the last race at Norisring we need a maximum downforce in the Netherlands. I believe that Erik will again score points."

Timetable F3 in Zandvoort

Friday 11.07.
12.00 - 13.00 Free practice
16.50 - 17.20 Qualifying for 1. race

Saturday 12.07.
12.35 - 13.15 1. race

Sunday 13.07.
09.55 - 10.35 2. race

-credit:www.erik-janis.cz

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Erik Janis , Peter Mucke