Alan van der Merwe warmed up for the 2003 British Formula Three Championship. Alan van der Merwe heads in to his second season of British Formula Three with the speed, talent, car and team to take the championship title. As in 2002 for his...
Alan van der Merwe warmed up for the 2003 British Formula Three Championship.
Alan van der Merwe heads in to his second season of British Formula Three with the speed, talent, car and team to take the championship title.
As in 2002 for his first year of British Formula 3, the South African will be racing with championship winning team, Carlin Motorsport who have the experience to support Alan again during his title attack in 2003.
"I'm definitely looking for race victories this year and will be out to get them from the first round at Donington. The competition is strong this year and anything can happen," said Alan. "There are so many unknown quantities out there this year. Consistent results and a level headed approach will win the championship for me."
After winning at Castle Combe in 2002, Alan was subsequently very unlucky with mechanical difficulties and reliability but closed the season in a respectable eighth in the final standings.
"I gained a great deal in confidence and improved on car set up towards the end of last season, but was ill-fated with four retirements in a row which lost a great deal of points. Last season was still a success as we achieved what we set out to do and more, but now I am concentrating on 2003 and am really pleased to be at the top of the times during testing so far."
Alan has proved his abilities as a pacesetter in pre-season testing heading the times in his Dallara Mugen-Honda ahead of his team-mates and the competition. Official Formula Three test days have been held at Snetterton, Rockingham, Donington, and Croft where Alan has managed to head up the times with an impressive display of driving.
"Carlin has such a strong driver line-up, which will be of benefit to us all and most certainly put us at the front of the grid. I know Ronnie Bremer well, which is a good thing as we will push each other hard and perhaps learn from each other. I believe it is important to have strong team-mates. I'm already focussed ahead of the season start having had positive testing already with Trevor (Carlin) and the team."
Alan will most certainly be a front-runner in 2003 having spent his rookie year working hard to learn the circuits, his car and his team. This experience and knowledge will be a great benefit to Alan.
"I know all the tracks really well and I know the team. Formula Three is really tough. A good mixture of driver ability, car set-up, teamwork and experience is essential. Experience will be very important for me this year and will give me the confidence and results I am looking for."
The British Formula 3 championship is extremely competitive and the quick youngster is confident he'll come out on top when the season starts on April 6 at Donington Park.
"This year there are so many people with good reputations, winning will be left to those who can handle the pressure, and that's going to be me."