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Alan van der Merwe Snetterton race report

Alan van der Merwe dominates at Snetterton. Alan van der Merwe scored a fantastic double victory at Snetterton on Sunday. The Carlin Motorsport star dominated qualifying and both races to score two emphatic wins and extend his championship lead...

Alan van der Merwe dominates at Snetterton.

Alan van der Merwe scored a fantastic double victory at Snetterton on Sunday. The Carlin Motorsport star dominated qualifying and both races to score two emphatic wins and extend his championship lead to 32 points.

"I'm really happy, I came to Snetterton and achieved exactly what I wanted to do. It's been the perfect weekend," said the jubilant victor. "When I was completing the slowing down lap, I was celebrating like mad! The car's felt really good and both races went exactly to plan."

Alan was simply superb and was never headed in both rounds. He beat Nelson Piquet Jr by nearly five seconds in race one despite having his lead reduced during a couple of safety car caution periods.

Each time the safety car pulled in, Alan was able to get the jump on Piquet and quickly established a healthy lead. Alan was in such dominant form that no one was in the same league as him in both races.

In race two Alan once again led the field from pole and brilliantly established a huge lead on the first lap. "I definitely had the advantage over my rivals with getting the best out of the cold tyres," he said.

In the second race Alan quickly built a lead over his team mate Jamie Green and the two of them actually touched during one safety car period. "The safety car was about to come in, and as we accelerated through the final chicane, I had to brake as the safety car slowed." Neither car was badly damaged and Alan easily extended his advantage over Green.

Team boss Trevor Carlin added: "This most be Alan's second best racing weekend of his career ­ second, of course, to him winning the 2001 Formula Ford festival."

"It's been an excellent weekend, statistically Snetterton's been quite bad for me in the past, but it's all come good this time," said van der Merwe. "I've got a 32 point lead in the championship over my team mate Jamie Green and the series is now heading to tracks I like, so I¹m hoping to build on my success at Croft in a fortnight."

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Series BF3
Drivers Nelson Piquet , Alan van der Merwe , Trevor Carlin , Jamie Green
Teams Carlin