Time for Dusseldorp to set an example Stef Dusseldorp just has to set a clear example, now. As runner-up of the 2009 season and declared title favourite in 2010, the Dutchman currently has to cope with holding only fourth position in the ATS ...
Time for Dusseldorp to set an example
Stef Dusseldorp just has to set a clear example, now. As runner-up of the 2009 season and declared title favourite in 2010, the Dutchman currently has to cope with holding only fourth position in the ATS Formula 3 Cup, even behind the rookies Daniel Abt and Kevin Magnussen. Not to mention the tough competition represented by experienced Formula 3 ace Tom Dillmann. So, winning his home event at Assen represents a must for Dusseldorp.
"We should be able to deliver, here," he says. "Not only because I'm Dutch but also as my team is based not far from Assen. Furthermore, Van Amersfoort Racing holds the lap record at the TT Circuit." It goes without saying that Dusseldorp can rely on the support of his compatriots. Nonetheless, winning at Assen will be anything but easy for the 20-year old.
Six races, four different winners, six different drivers on the podium - the 2010 ATS Formula 3 Cup grid is a truly competitive one. And although experienced Formula 3 driver Tom Dillmann holds the championship lead, the gap he has opened on the rookies Daniel Abt and Kevin Magnussen is extremely small. So, his opponents could easily steal Dillmann's lead, this weekend. Therefore, the rounds seven and eight held at the 4.555-kilometre circuit near Groningen promise to provide action packed motor racing.
And there are three Scandinavians who want to celebrate their maiden Cup win: Swede Jimmy Eriksson and Denmark's Marco Sorensen get going better and better - and hadn't Felix Rosenquist been pushed off the track with a rude manoeuvre at Hockenheim, the Swede arguably would have celebrated his first win already there.
At the same time, you also may look forward to the second joint ATS Formula 3 Cup appearance of team URD Rennsport and Nico Monien. The German succeeded in winning the debut race of his German squad right away and it goes without saying that he and his team are keen on demonstrating that this outstanding success was far more than just a one-off
At the same time, the motto in the ATS Formula 3 Trophy once again will be: Who is able to defeat Riccardo Brutschin. After all, the German celebrated four race wins and a total of six podiums in the six races contested to date. His toughest opponents are Russian Alexey Karachev and Finland's Aleksi Tuukkanen.
To cut a long story short: the appearance of the fastest German single-seater series at the TT Circuit Assen certainly will have what it takes to thrill the crowds. The ATS Formula 3 Cup young guns are expected to make for a major show in the Netherlands - and the Dutch will wait for an example set by Stef Dusseldorp.