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Van der Merwe Silverstone report

Alan van der Merwe returns to the top of the podium Alan van der Merwe (Carlin Motorsport) returned with his winning ways with an utterly dominant display at the Silverstone grand prix circuit in round 10 of the British Formula Three...

Alan van der Merwe returns to the top of the podium

Alan van der Merwe (Carlin Motorsport) returned with his winning ways with an utterly dominant display at the Silverstone grand prix circuit in round 10 of the British Formula Three championship this bank holiday Monday.

The Carlin Motorsport star scorched to a lights-to-flag victory, beating Nelson Piquet Jr off the line and whilst brilliantly keeping his team mate, Richard Antinucci at bay to win by 5.3 seconds at the chequered flag.

"I'm absolutely delighted. This victory extends my championship lead by a strong margin. My aim is to keep getting these strong results whilst I make a dominant charge for the title," said van der Merwe.

His victory in round ten gives the South African a 40-point lead at the top of the drivers' table. Alan was much happier with his car after an uncharacteristic seventh place finish in round nine during Saturdays race . "The car felt much better for the second race, probably because we were running on tyres that were less worn," he said.

In the first part of the race, with the better rubber, twenty-three year old van der Merwe was easily lapping 0.5s faster than the rest of the field and comfortably stayed in front to record his fourth win of the year.

The Carlin driver was confident of a strong result at this meeting -- the 75th anniversary special for the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) at the historic Silverstone track.

"I pushed hard for the win here because I knew there was a lot of influential people watching and I did the best I could to make as great a lead over the rest of the grid as I could!" Alan commented.

In a weekend where his closest championship rivals suffered mixed fortunes, the speedy South African was delighted to notch up another victory for his Carlin Motorsport team.

"To come to this race and achieve this result is the perfect thing to do," said the victor.

"There's a long break now until the next race (21/22 June), but it's Castle Combe, where I won my first F3 race last year. I can't wait to go back there," he added.

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Series BF3
Drivers Nelson Piquet , Alan van der Merwe , Richard Antinucci
Teams Carlin