Mondello Park: Carlin Motorsport race report

Jarvis opens his F3 account Aldershot (UK) 26 June 2006. British racing prospect, Oliver Jarvis scored his maiden F3 win at the Mondello Park circuit in Ireland at the week-end when he took his Carlin Motorsport Dallara Mugen Honda to a well ...

Jarvis opens his F3 account

Aldershot (UK) 26 June 2006. British racing prospect, Oliver Jarvis scored his maiden F3 win at the Mondello Park circuit in Ireland at the week-end when he took his Carlin Motorsport Dallara Mugen Honda to a well judged victory in round 8 of the British F3 championship. Starting from pole position, Jarvis judged his start to perfection and was never seriously threatened on his way to victory, despite the deployment of a safety car for a period of 5 laps.. Earlier in the day, the young Briton had taken a strong fourth place in the first of two races for F3 cars on the demanding Mondello track.

Car No 2. Oliver Jarvis
"I'm pleased to have made the break-through and won my first F3 race. From round one we have been quick and I felt that if we maintained our pace then the win would eventually come. The key is qualifying because if you are able to put the car on the front row and make a good start then wins become more straight-forward, especially on tight circuits like Mondello. I need to improve my qualifying to attain consistency but I know where that improvement needs to come from and I'm confident that we can have further victories in the second half of the season. A big thanks to my team and Neil Brown Engineering for my engine and especially my race engineer, Paul Wallace, they gave me a super car today and this win has given the whole team a big lift.

Carlin Motorsport's other drivers had mixed results but added further points to their championship scores at the un-forgiving and demanding Irish venue.

Car No 1. Christian Bakkerud
"I'm not especially happy with my week-end to be honest. I got baulked in the first qualifying session which cost me at least three grid positions and around here it's so difficult to overtake. I was on course for a top five position and a reasonable helping of points when I was taken off by an over-optimistic manoeuvre by Dutch competitor Yelmer Buurman. It was the last lap, I took my line through the last corner and he just drove straight in to me. I was not impressed and I told him so afterwards. Race two was better, I qualified on the second row but I couldn't make any places at the start, although I certainly had a go! Thereafter, I tried to pressurise Mike Conway in to making a mistake but he didn't so fourth place it was. Not the best of week-ends but I am encouraged by the progress we are making with the pace of our cars, Oliver's win shows that we have the speed to win."

Car No 11. Keiko Ihara
"I wasn't feeling very well on Saturday, I think that I had some kind of food poisoning so qualifying was a big struggle for me. It didn't help that the track conditions were changing all the time with some rain showers. In the first race, I made a reasonable start but it is very difficult to overtake without a big risk and I thought it was better to try to finish and maybe make a point or two. For me the second race was quite similar and although I pushed very very hard to get a point for the third weekend in a row, I just failed by one position. "

Car No 12. Maro Engel
"I was quick in testing and it looked promising for qualifying on Saturday. However, it didn't quite come together on the new tyres when it really mattered and for once our qualifying positions were below our true pace. At Mondello your qualifying position dictates your race position unless of course someone makes a mistake in front of you because to pass here is truly too big a risk. On the plus side I came away with points in both races and we have consolidated our championship fourth place. Oliver's win shows that our package is competitive and I'm looking forward to our next races at Snetterton."

Team Principal Trevor Carlin who watched over Oliver Jarvis' win was thrilled with his team's first F3 win of the season. " At last ! We've been knocking at the door for a long time and to make the break through here is a great feeling. Oliver drove a very mature race from the front and we had every confidence that if he could get off the line OK he was capable of winning from the front. He made a peach of a start and frankly, after that he never looked in danger of being challenged, even when the safety car intervened. This weekend has reminded our drivers of the importance of qualifying well. Oliver's pole position was our first of the season and when you qualify up the front, you can usually dictate terms in the race. Best of all this week-end, we showed great pace, our cars were strong and Oliver got the fastest race lap of the whole week-end in race two. I'd like to say a big thank you to Neil Brown's company which prepares our Honda engines. We're in a big battle with Mercedes and Neil and his team have responded very well to the challenge and the fight is definitely on for the remainder of the season. "

-Carlin Motorsport

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Series BF3
Drivers Mike Conway , Keiko Ihara , Oliver Jarvis , Christian Bakkerud , Yelmer Buurman , Maro Engel , Trevor Carlin
Teams Carlin