Laurens Vanthoor increases his lead in German F3 championship following a further victory EUROSPEEDWAY. What with one victory, a second place, two pole positions and two fastest laps during the fifth ATS F3 meeting of the season Laurens Vanthoor...
Laurens Vanthoor increases his lead in German F3 championship following a further victory
EUROSPEEDWAY. What with one victory, a second place, two pole positions and two fastest laps during the fifth ATS F3 meeting of the season Laurens Vanthoor enjoyed another highly strong weekend.
On top of that Laurens Vanthoor leaves the Eurospeedway-Lausitzring with more than a 40 points bonus on his nearest rival in the championship, which is now halfway through the season. "But I mustn't and won't allow my concentration to waiver, the main intention being to safeguard the title as soon as possible and to score a maximum number of good results with my team Van Amersfoort Racing", the young Belgian commented. During the VW Fun Cup 25 Hours of Spa Vanthoor will be giving a demonstration in front of his home crowd.
Laurens Vanthoor started off the fifth German F3 weekend of the season on a high note, with the young Limburg driver offering himself both pole positions on the Saturday morning on the Eurospeedway in the former East German Lausitz, his sixth and seventh of the season out of a total of ten races run. Laurens Vanthoor: "And yet I'm not entirely satisfied. I wasn't immediately able to build up a gap, neither in the first series nor in the second. Our race speed appears to be better than during the qualifying sessions and I was guilty of a few minor errors, maybe due to the intense heat and I had to adapt somewhat to it."
Later in the day Laurens Vanthoor claimed his fourth successive victory in the German F3 championship. The Belgian drove from pole through to the chequered flag and was never threatened on a drying Eurospeedway. Vanthoor took a careful start, due to the wet areas on the track - it had rained heavily just before the start -, but after a few laps he had built up a fair gap, amongst others after an error committed by his team mate Stef Dusseldorp.
Laurens Vanthoor: "I started off very cautiously as I couldn't afford to make any mistakes. I then slowly but surely built up a lead, right up until Stef wasn't to be seen anywhere. Not only am I pleased with this victory but also the way the championship is evolving. My nearest rivals didn't score at all well and I'm nestling in even stronger than before at the top of the championship."
During the second race Vanthoor clinched a second place behind Nico Monien. "Fortunately Nico isn't a threat for the title, but I would have liked to have won this one also", an honest RACB Team-driver remarked. "I missed my start and during the race I was playing catch up. On top of that I didn't want to take any risks of a serious attack to grab more points for the title battle, and as it turned out this was the best option."
After 10 of the 18 races Vanthoor now has a 42 points lead on his closest rival, Stef Dusseldorp. He has won six races and claimed seven pole positions.
The following meeting of the ATS F3 Cup is being held on 8th and 9th August in Assen (NL).