Thrilling situation at season halftime Whoever wants to secure the 2009 ATS Formula 3 Cup title must defeat Laurens Vanthoor - that's a fact. With 8 of the 18 rounds of the season contested, the Belgian who races for Team Van Amersfoort Racing...
Thrilling situation at season halftime
Whoever wants to secure the 2009 ATS Formula 3 Cup title must defeat Laurens Vanthoor - that's a fact. With 8 of the 18 rounds of the season contested, the Belgian who races for Team Van Amersfoort Racing seems to be on the way to winning the most important title of his career to date, thus realising the goal he had announced prior to the season. At that point in time he said several times that anything but winning the title in his second ATS Formula 3 Cup season would be a major disappointment for him.
And Laurens Vanthoor quickly demonstrated that these announcements were more than just words. On the past Cup weekend, at Oschersleben, he delivered in impressively superior style. He celebrated the first back-to-back wins of his Formula 3 career and scored 23 points of the possible maximum score of 24. "It was a nearly perfect weekend," he said afterwards. "I massively trust in both my team and my car and therefore, I just can't wait for the EuroSpeedway weekend. And don't forget that I was fast there in 2008."
A clear challenge to his rivals - and now, it's their turn to respond. Furthermore, the ATS Formula 3 Cup enthusiasts particularly look forward to the appearances of the German team-mates Markus Pommer and Nico Monien. The rookies have familiarised themselves with Formula 3 and get on better and better. Some two weeks ago, at Oschersleben, they both secured a runner-up finish - Pommer in the Saturday race and Monien on Sunday.
Meanwhile, you also should keep an eye on Rafael Suzuki. Since the beginning of the season, the Brazilian always battled it out at the front end of the field and in 2008, he scored points in every race contested at the EuroSpeedway.
At the same time, the situation in the 'ZF - auto motor und sport - Juniorpokal' is extremely close and thrilling, with the rookies of the 2009 season really going for it. On the past race weekend, Markus Pommer stole the lead in this internal ranking from Stef Dusseldorp. The German now has got 62 points on his tally, with Dusseldorp (57) following five points behind. And in consideration of the fact that 20 rookie-ranking points can be scored per race weekend, even Austria's Willi Steindl theoretically could take the lead.
In the ATS Formula 3 Trophy, Sergey Chukanov must try hard to return to his winning ways. Having won the first six rounds of the season, Chukanov had to leave Oschersleben without having added another podium finish to his record. Good news for his rival Francesco Lopez: the Italo-German has scored points in every round of the season to date - usually by coming second or third. Nonetheless, Finland's Mika Vahamaki keeps on closing in on him. The Finn currently holds third position and recently even celebrated his first Trophy win.
So, every motor-racing enthusiast on site may look forward to witnessing the Formula 3 young guns racing at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. After all, the season-halftime event comprising the ninth and tenth rounds of the season definitely will feature a lot brisance.