Devaney is German F3 Vice-Champion Young Irishman Michael Devaney has secured 2nd in the German Formula 3 Championship after taking two more podiums on the weekend in Oschersleben. Fresh from competing for A1 Team Ireland in the A1 Grand Prix...
Devaney is German F3 Vice-Champion
Young Irishman Michael Devaney has secured 2nd in the German Formula 3 Championship after taking two more podiums on the weekend in Oschersleben. Fresh from competing for A1 Team Ireland in the A1 Grand Prix Championship at Brands Hatch, where he took 10th place in the sprint race and was taken out while in 6th place in the feature race, he qualified 5th and 4th for the for the final races of the 2005 German F3 Championship.
In Race One he exited the first corner in the same position he started in 5th and in turn three he overtook Midland F1 Junior team driver Frank Kechele for 4th and quickly narrowed the gap to third place man Ferdinand Kool. He put pressure on Kool for 8 laps and forced him into a mistake which let the Irishman through. Devaney then closed the 4 second gap to the leaders with two laps remaining but was unable to overtake despite a lunge down the outside of second place man Ho-Pin Tung. He Finished 3rd at the flag and secured his 2nd place in the Championship.
The 20 year old started race two from 4th on the grid after another difficult qualifying session and made a descent start to hold that position out of the first corner. Early in the race he struggled for speed but as the race went on his car improved and so did his laptimes. He caught 3rd place man Frank Kechele with 3 laps remaining and put huge pressure on the Midland driver but found it difficult to overtake. Coming in to the last corner of the race Devaney dived down the inside of Kechele to steal 3rd place from the German to take his 10th podium of the Season.
"I made the race's quite difficult for myself as we didn't perform in the two qualifying sessions, I was aiming to add to my tally of 5 wins this weekend but by qualifying 5th and 4th all we could hope for was two podiums which we got. Also we secured 2nd in the championship which I'm happy about considering we missed the first two races and ran on a very limited budget." Commented the Dubliner.
Michael plans to step up to GP2 or the World Series by Renault V6 championship next season and is currently working on a deal to secure the financial backing needed for either series. And after his strong showing in the A1 Grand prix series he is confident of securing a deal in the near future.