Japanese champion returns to Europe with Volkswagen Carlo van Dam joins Kolles & Heinz Union in Formula 3 Euro Series Vlaardingen - Dutch racing driver Carlo van Dam (22) will this year compete in the European Formula 3 championship with...
Japanese champion returns to Europe with Volkswagen
Carlo van Dam joins Kolles & Heinz Union in Formula 3 Euro Series
Vlaardingen - Dutch racing driver Carlo van Dam (22) will this year compete in the European Formula 3 championship with Kolles & Heinz Union and Volkswagen. Van Dam won the 2007 German F3 title before dominating last year's Japanese Formula 3 series. In 2009, the European championship, known as the Euro Series, will comprise 20 races spread over ten events in five European countries and is often part of the support program of the `Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters' (DTM). Carlo will also race in the Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort in the Netherlands.
"I look forward to contribute to the success of this new team and working with Volkswagen", Carlo says. "I had a fantastic season in Japan in 2008 and last autumn I had several offers from teams in Formula Nippon and the Japanese GT championship. Then Japanese motor racing was hit hard by the financial crisis, however, so I very much welcomed the offer from Kolles & Heinz Union and Volkswagen. As a driver, to be asked to help achieve the ambitions of a works supported team is very rewarding and of course it represents a great challenge."
The new, Luxembourg based team is headed by Werner Heinz, who has been involved in motor racing for many years and who is the manager of F1-driver Nick Heidfeld and Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen among others. His partner Colin Kolles has worked with several F1-teams en runs Audi's in the DTM and the Le Mans Series. Technically, Mike Krack, formerly with the BMW Sauber F1-team, is in charge at Kolles & Heinz Union.
Heinz is happy to have contracted van Dam "because we have been able to attract such a good and experienced driver for our team. Together we want to prove that we can achieve our targets."
Also Kris Nissen, Volkswagen's motor sports director, responds enthusiastically: "Kolles & Heinz Union proves with its drivers choice that they aim to race at the front: with Carlo van Dam they bring an experienced and fast guy to our driver squad."
The first two rounds of the 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series will take place during the weekend of May 17 at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany.