Laurens Vanthoor lives difficult weekend HOCKENHEIM. Laurens Vanthoor lived a very difficult weekend during the second meeting of the Euro Series F3 season in Hockenheim. During qualifying on Friday the RACB National Team driver clocked up ...
Laurens Vanthoor lives difficult weekend
HOCKENHEIM. Laurens Vanthoor lived a very difficult weekend during the second meeting of the Euro Series F3 season in Hockenheim. During qualifying on Friday the RACB National Team driver clocked up an excellent fourth best time, but two race incidents blocked him from converting this performance into a good race result. Laurens Vanthoor was forced to retire twice and is leaving Germany empty-handed.
On Friday the Signature VW driver proved his worth by setting up a fourth place on the grid during the qualifying sessions. Similar to Paul Ricard, Vanthoor confirmed his speed and once again everything was looking up for the race weekend.
Laurens Vanthoor: "I drove excellent free practice sessions, with the fastest time as outcome, and had hoped for more than that fourth time. But we had opted for a somewhat different set-up for the qualifying session and the car felt as though it lacked top speed, which is why I missed out on the pole. Pity, but not a major drama. Similar to what I did at Paul Ricard I proved that I'm in a position to play up front with the top of the F3 Euro Series, which is what I had set myself as target at the beginning of the season"
Unfortunately Lady Luck had not travelled on down to Germany. Both at the start of the first race, as also after the green light in the second heat, Vanthoor was involved in an accident. In both cases the race was prematurely over and the young Limburg based Vanthoor scored no points in the battle for the championship.
Laurens Vanthoor: "During the first heat the Brit Alexander Sims missed his braking point and slid up the back of my car to finally slide over me. The race was immediately over for me. Afterwards Sims did come over to apologise, which I do appreciate. But the points missed in the main race meant that once again I had to start the second race from the back of the grid, with even more risks of an incident."
And so it was to be, because immediately after the start of the second race, when entering the stadium, Carlos Munoz nudged the Dallara VW of Laurens Vanthoor and it was over and out once again.
"There's nothing more I can add to this, apart from saying that this was probably the most difficult race weekend of my career. I'm now going to let off steam and as from tomorrow morning purely focus on the upcoming races in Valencia."
Laurens Vanthoor's following races will take place on 22nd and 23rd May in Valencia.