Laurens Vanthoor starts off the season on pole in Oschersleben OSCHERSLEBEN. Laurens Vanthoor starts off the season in the German ATS F3 Cup, the national German F3 championship, in a perfect way. The young Belgian driver, member of...
Laurens Vanthoor starts off the season on pole in Oschersleben
OSCHERSLEBEN. Laurens Vanthoor starts off the season in the German ATS F3 Cup, the national German F3 championship, in a perfect way. The young Belgian driver, member of the RACB National Team, is now in his second successive season driving for Van Amersfoort Racing, and this midday at the wheel of his Dallara VW clinched pole position for the first race of the championship, being held this weekend in Oschersleben. We had a chat with Laurens Vanthoor regarding the preparations carried out over these last few weeks.
"Before I look back on things, I must emphasize that I'm over the moon regarding this pole spot", Laurens Vanthoor starts off his comments. "Obviously with thanks to the team as also my team-mate Stef Dusseldorp, who in fact came second, because there's a great atmosphere within Van Amersfoort Racing urging you on to perform well. I'm really looking forward to the rest of this weekend."
Following on from a pretty intensive winter which involved highly important physical and mental preparation Laurens Vanthoor started testing just over one month ago. "This was carried out in conjunction with VW and the specific point was that this was with the car and tyres emanating from the F3 Euroseries. I needed to somewhat adapt myself but in no time felt very much at home and everything went as planned."
Some two weeks ago the shakedown with the new car was held on the Nurburgring. In glorious spring weather Laurens Vanthoor clocked up his first kilometres with the Dallara VW . "I was immediately satisfied with the roll-out and was really anticipating the start of the season ", Vanthoor commented after the sessions.
"And this week we held our first collective tests, which ran seamlessly trouble-free in the first training sessions. We were constantly fast, both my team-mate as also myself, and that gives you loads of confidence for the season to come. In fact we carried on in this way right through to the first qualifying session and this midday's pole position is the outcome of an intensive winter combined with the excellent test work carried out these last few weeks."
Tomorrow the qualifying session for the 2nd race in Oschersleben will be held, followed by the races on Easter Monday.