Weekend of two extremities for Laurens Vanthoor SACHSENRING, GERMANY. Laurens Vanthoor had a weekend of two extremities at the Sachsenring in Germany, where the eighth of nine ATS F3-meetings took place. Vanthoor secured the title in Germany a...
Weekend of two extremities for Laurens Vanthoor
SACHSENRING, GERMANY. Laurens Vanthoor had a weekend of two extremities at the Sachsenring in Germany, where the eighth of nine ATS F3-meetings took place. Vanthoor secured the title in Germany a few weeks ago at the Nurburgring, but at the track in the former East Germany he did not have any luck on Saturday. "I was hit hard from behind by another driver and had to give up immediately. Frustrating, because I did not have anything to do with the manoeuvre. On Sunday I put things straight with a start-finish victory. But the weekend isn't a complete success though", says RACB National Team driver Laurens Vanthoor after the races on Sunday.
The Sachsenring was the eighth meeting of the German ATS F3 Cup, which is gradually coming to an end. Laurens Vanthoor was crowned champion at the Nurburgring and scored nine victories and ten pole- positions (in fourteen races) so far this season. Vanthoor was determined to give it all in the two remaining meetings. "I really want to continue this streak of pole-positions and race wins, there is no way I am taking it easy", is what he said before the weekend.
In the qualifying sessions the 2009 champions took a strong second place on Friday and then secured his 11th pole-position of the season on Saturday.
"But an unfortunate race incident in the early stages of the race on Saturday blew my chances for the rest of the weekend", he explains. "One of the other competitors came up from behind during a manoeuvre, out braked himself and slammed into my car. I was hit quite hard on the side, the car was severely damaged and I injured my hand. But my biggest fear was not being able to take part in race 2. As usual though the team did some great work and I was able to start the race on Sunday and enjoy my pole-position."
And race 2 was a resounding revenge for what had happened on Saturday. "It was a race the way I like to have them. I was able to get away after the start and could create a buffer of over 10 seconds. After that I controlled the race and avoided any risks, in particular when I closed in on a group of backmarkers a few minutes before the end of the race. I really did not want to have someone into the side of my car for the second time..."
The German F3 season will end during the weekend of October 17 and 18 in Oschersleben. Laurens Vanthoor will try to improve his total of 10 wins and 11 pole-positions even further!