Prestige and prize money This weekend, the 2009 ATS Formula 3 Cup season will cross the finish line. On 17th and 18th October, the Motorsportarena Oschersleben will be the venue of this year's final two rounds of the fastest German single-seater...
Prestige and prize money
This weekend, the 2009 ATS Formula 3 Cup season will cross the finish line. On 17th and 18th October, the Motorsportarena Oschersleben will be the venue of this year's final two rounds of the fastest German single-seater series. And in the 17th and 18th rounds it's not only about the rookie title and the third championship position. At the same time, the drivers also will be battling it out for prestige and the prize money. After all, the reward for the 'ZF - auto motor und sport - Juniorpokal' alone amounts to 10,000 EURO.
Dutchman Stef Dusseldorp will travel to Eastern Germany in a very confident mood as he needs just a single point to finish the season as best Formula 3 newcomer. To date, Dusseldorp has scored a total of 131 points with his Team Van Amersfoort Racing entered Dallara Volkswagen - while second-placed Markus Pommer (Dallara Mercedes) who races for Zettl Sportsline has got 112 points on his tally. So, the task the German would have to accomplish to win the title is virtually insolvable. He must win both races, with his Dutch rival failing to score a single point. Even drawing for points wouldn't be enough for the German as Dusseldorp has got clearly more race wins under his belt.
Meanwhile, there still are several drivers who may hope for finishing third in the championship: Rafael Suzuki, Nico Monien and Markus Pommer. The Brazilian leader with the Japanese name has scored 65 points, to date, with the two Germans Monien (56) and Pommer (53) holding second and third position respectively. "Everything is possible," says Pommer. "But despite knowing that finishing third in the Cup would be important, securing my maiden Formula 3 win on the final race weekend would mean more to me." Nonetheless, Rafael Suzuki who also hasn't secured a race win, this year, demonstrates that scoring points regularly also can be rewarding.
At the same time, Tom Dillmann is leaping up to the front. In the previous two events, the experienced Frenchman who races a Dallara Mercedes entered by Team Neuhauser Racing secured two race wins, two poles - and set two fastest race laps. "These achievements underline the potential of our team," says Team Principal Knut Rieser. "By signing Tom we signed one of the best Formula 3 drivers currently active in the sport."
HS Technik Motorsport opts for a similar strategy, for the season finale. Team Principal Michael Hascic once again relies on the proven drivers Harald Schlegelmilch and Joey Foster who scored a lot of valuable points for the Austrian squad in 1996.
At the end of the day, everybody will try to give their very best in the season finale to position themselves for 2010 - both teams and drivers. Good results in the final two races of the season will be remembered far longer than just a fortnight - the memory will last throughout the off-season. So, it's not only about prestige and prize money but also about the future.
-credit: ats f3