Devaney strikes again in Assen After his double victory the previous weekend at Nurburgring, Michael Devaney headed to Assen(Holland) with high hopes for rounds 13 and 14 of the German Formula 3 Cup. Once again he put his budget problems in...
Devaney strikes again in Assen
After his double victory the previous weekend at Nurburgring, Michael Devaney headed to Assen(Holland) with high hopes for rounds 13 and 14 of the German Formula 3 Cup. Once again he put his budget problems in the back of his mind and took victory in Sundays race but he was unfortunate in Saturday's race when he fell back from 2nd to 7th position in the drying conditions. What should have been a sunny weekend at the Dutch track for the 32,000 spectators turned out to be on and off rain for the whole weekend.
In the wet qualifying for Race One he fought for the pole position right up until the end but while lying on the pole with one lap left he came across a yellow flag and had to abandon his lap. He was overtook by two cars in the dying seconds and he lined up third on the grid for the race. The race looked like it would take place in torrential rain so like every other driver the Irishman opted for wets. The rain stopped when the lights went green and Devaney found himself in 2nd position into the first corner. For the first five laps he piled the pressure on race leader Ferdinand Kool and pulled away from third placed Peter Elkman. The track dried quite quickly and Devaney soon found himself struggling with his wet tyres as they overheated severely in the dry conditions and he dropped off the pace by 3 seconds as he fought with the car around corners. He eventually dropped to 7th position at the Chequered flag. Hankook later blamed the car set up for the extreme blistering.
In race two he qualified 4th after it began to rain heavily after 5 minutes of the qualifying session. The fastest laps were all done in the first 5 laps but Devaney left it a little too late to leave the pits. He was gifted 3rd on the grid after poleman Pascal Kochem retired with mechanical failure on the warm up lap. Michael made a good start and remained in third into the first corner on the half wet half dry circuit. He then overtook Martin Hippe into the second corner and began his pursuit to leader Ho-Pin Tung. On lap 5 Tung made a mistake on the damp part of the track which allowed Devaney into the lead where he stayed to the chequered flag for his 5th win of the year.
"I was a bit disappointed in race one because I knew we had the speed to challenge for the win but we chose a set up for extreme wet conditions and it backfired on us when the track dried up. Sundays race was much better for us, we were unlucky in Qualifying but we showed our speed in the race. Its my fifth win of the year which is unbelievable, theirs four more races left in the season and ill be looking at taking four more wins now that we are on a roll" commented the Motorsport Ireland backed driver.
In the Championship he still lies second overall but the championship leader is almost impossible to catch after Michael missed the first two races of the year. Next Race Takes place at the Lausitzring Oval on August 28th which will be the first ever European based single-seater series which races on an Oval. The expected average speed of a lap of the Oval is a staggering 270kph.
1. Ferdinand Kool
2. Peter Elkman
3. Pascal Kochem
1. Michael Devaney
2. Martin Hippe
3. Peter Elkman
1. Peter Elkman 122points
2. Michael Devaney 84
3. Ho-Pin Tung 61