Snetterton: Carlin Motorsport race report

Carlin's drivers on the podium Aldershot (UK) 17 July 2006. On a searing hot day in Norfoilk,the Carlin Motorsport F3 team saw mixed results at the Snetterton circuit with a second and a third place to show from the two races having annexed ...

Carlin's drivers on the podium

Aldershot (UK) 17 July 2006. On a searing hot day in Norfoilk,the Carlin Motorsport F3 team saw mixed results at the Snetterton circuit with a second and a third place to show from the two races having annexed front row starting positions in both..

Car no 1. Christian Bakkerud

"It's another podium lost for me this weekend. I'm not sure why I'm getting all this bad luck. Everyone can see I am just as fast as my team mates, but the points aren't coming. Things always turn around in the end, and sooner or later it will all change and I will get the podiums and points that I think I deserve. I will need to remain positive and keep working hard which I intend to do. There's never been any doubt about my speed and I won't lose any sleep over mechanical failures and other peoples' mistakes. I know I'm doing a good job so from that point of view I am happy. I'm looking forward to the next races in Belgium and a change of luck!"

Car no 2. Oliver Jarvis

"The first qualifying did unfortunately not go the way we wanted it to and I had a lot of traffic on the new tyre run and ended up seventh which I was very disappointed with. My engineer Paul and I worked hard to get everything right for the second session and I went out there and stuck it on pole. It was a case of gathering myself and having the confidence in myself and the car to come back from a bad first qualifying. I'm absolutely delighted with this for myself and the team to prove we still have the pace following the result at Mondello Park. Race one was always going to be a hard one starting from seventh and the tyres were particularly old as we did a lot of laps with them in qualifying. I was really just looking to go forward and gain places and get as many points as I could. I had a good start and managed to get up to fourth early on as my team mates had a bit of an incident after the Safety Car and from then on it was just a case of keeping my position. I didn't quite have the pace to challenge Walker in front of me and I was also getting challenged from behind so I just had to drive my own consistent race and bring the car home safe."

"Starting from pole position in the second race, I got a clean start off the line but unfortunately with just a little too much wheel-spin. Consequently, I didn't get a big enough gap in the first corner and Conway got the run on me down the back straight and I just couldn't hold him off. From then on in it was a case of trying to keep with him and pressurising him as much as I could. I was behind him all the way but when I got into the slipstream I lacked down-force and I just couldn't get close enough to make a move. I was just waiting for him to make a little mistake and I would've been right on him but he held his line well. I really wanted this win but I wasn't going to do anything stupid and lose out on valuable points. The next round at Spa Francorchamps should hopefully be an interesting one."

Car no 11 Keiko Ihara

"In the first race in the Sears corner, someone touched me and I almost spun off and lost two positions. After the safety car pulled off I managed to regain one position and although I was struggling a bit with the car, I kept on pushing and ended up eleventh and just outside the points in the Championship Class. In the second race, again I got nudged off and spun as a result. I decided I wanted to finish the race even though I had no chance of gaining any positions."

Car no 12 Maro Engel

"I had two fairly good qualifying sessions putting the car on the second row in both. Unfortunately the first race did not end at all as any of us had hoped and I made a mistake and ran into my team mate Christian in third position. I just want to say that I'm really, really sorry for Christian as he is the last person I wanted this to happen to. The second race was definitely a much better one, 3rd place is good and I'm happy. Obviously I'm still looking for that first race win, but today it just wasn't there. Sometimes you've just got to accept that. For being a track I don't like that much, I'm pleased to have come away with points and a podium."

Team Principal Trevor Carlin

"It's certainly been a busy weekend for Carlin Motorsport. Not only have we been running our four F3 cars here at Snetterton but we have also been at Croft with our Formula BMW team and in Misano, Italy, with our World Series by Renault cars. We are delighted that Oliver and Maro managed podium positions in the second race and by doing so adding £250 to the Sports Relief charity as Martin and I promised. Although we had hoped that Oliver would have managed a win which unfortunately didn't happen this time, Oliver set the quickest lap time which is encouraging."

"Unfortunately for Christian, he again got caught up in an incident that was none of his fault which meant he lost out on valuable points. I think the whole team feels for him and we will do our best to support him and hopefully help him turn things around at Spa for the next round on the 29 July. Oliver is now second in the Championship followed by Maro in fourth position and I am positive that if we can put in a strong performance in the second half of the season, we could see our boys challenging Mike Conway who is leading the championship. The important point to take from this week-end is the pace of our cars. Having started the season a fraction behind some of our Mercedes powered rivals the last two race week-ends have proved that we are now right on the ultimate pace. "

-Carlin Motorsport

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Series BF3
Drivers Keiko Ihara , Oliver Jarvis , Christian Bakkerud , Maro Engel , Trevor Carlin
Teams Carlin