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Brands Hatch: Jesper Carlsen leads scholarship championship

Carlsen leads F3 Scholarship Class After round one and two of the British F3-championship at Brands Hatch dane Jesper Carlsen put himself and the new team Essencial Motorsport into the top position of the scholarship championship. F3...

Carlsen leads F3 Scholarship Class

After round one and two of the British F3-championship at Brands Hatch dane Jesper Carlsen put himself and the new team Essencial Motorsport into the top position of the scholarship championship.

F3 Scholarship driver Jesper Carlsen took second place in the first race saturday after a tremendous drive from fifth on the grid. Monday he battled for his starting position as third through the whole race and the podium finish secured him the lead in the Scholarship Class.

"I'm happy that my debut in the British F3 Championship went so well. We knew it would be difficult competing in our first race, because we only got limited test days before the race. But everything went really well, and I know we can find a lot more speed in our Toyota-engined car," says Jesper Carlsen, who now leads the Scholarship Class with 27 points. Five more than Perfomance Racings Justin Sherwood.

Scholarship Class standings
1. Jesper Carlsen, 27pts
2. Justin Sherwood, 22 pts
3. Adam Carroll, 21pts

Jesper Carlsen- Profile
Class: British Formula 3 Championship

Jesper has been in and around motor racing for many years. His father, Hans, was a leading Rallycross driver in Denmark who competed with a Porsche 911. After a crash in the 911, Hans decided to offer Jesper the chance to compete in the sport and he duly purchased a Kart for his son in 1986. As he was not old enough to compete, Jesper spent the year practising ready for a full season of competition in 1987. He took eight race wins, was second in 4 and retired from the remaining race during that first season.

Jesper won the Scandinavian Karting championship in 1991 and was third in the European Formula A championship in 1992 but was hampered by ill fortune and budget problems over the next few years. 1994 looked promising but his deal with Italian Kart manufacturer Top Kart fell by the wayside when the company folded after just two races. Jesper spent 1995 working and saving to move further up the ladder and his efforts were rewarded in 1997 when he won the Danish Karting Championship.

In 1998 he moved into Formula Ford and contested the Danish Championship racing the Vector car which Jason Watt took to victory in the 1994 Formula Ford World Cup. In a sensational season Jesper took three race wins, four second places and one third place on his way to the title.

Following this success Jesper travelled to England for the first time to represent Denmark in the World Cup. After battling through to the finals he finished a superb 14th from an entry of over 100, a great performance in a four year old chassis.

Jesper stayed with Formula Ford in 1999 to contest the Slick 50 British Championship, again with Vector. The year culminated with Jesper taking 5th place in the Formula Ford World Cup. This was followed by a test in Formula Palmer Audi with Team Brask arranged by his mentor, John Nielsen. The season concluded on track with Jesper's first taste of competition in 'slicks and wings' as he contested the final two races in the Winter Formula Renault Sport championship. This proved to be another superb debut as he finished both races in fourth position from a field of over 20 drivers.

Off track the 1999 season finished with Jesper Carlsen winning deserved recognition from his homeland as the Danish Automobile Sports Young Danish Talent of the Year.

Jesper moved into European Formula Palmer Audi in 2000 and was one of the front runners throughout the season. He also impressed the Sports Car fraternity with his debut in the Den Bla Avis Panoz LMP 900 at the Nurburgring round of the Sports Racing World Cup.

The 2001 season saw Jesper in action on Grand Prix weekends as he contested the Porsche Supercup. The 2002 campaign sees him rejoining his 1999 Formula Ford boss Mick Goldney who is running the new Essencial Formula 3 team in the UK.

- www.jespercarlsen.com

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Series BF3
Drivers Justin Sherwood , John Nielsen , Adam Carroll , Jason Watt