Alan van der Merwe to race at Pau with Carlin Motorsport. British Formula 3 front-runner, Alan van der Merwe heads up the Carlin Motorsport challenge at this years Grand Prix Automobile de Pau, France on the 19/20 May. Situated at the...
Alan van der Merwe to race at Pau with Carlin Motorsport.
British Formula 3 front-runner, Alan van der Merwe heads up the Carlin Motorsport challenge at this years Grand Prix Automobile de Pau, France on the 19/20 May.
Situated at the foot of the Pyrenees, close to the Spanish border, Pau is the first of three street circuit visits Alan and the Carlin team will be making during 2002. Both the Macau and Korean city street circuit dates will run back to back in November as the final dates of the International F3 calendar.
Alan, currently in his first year of Formula 3 with the 2001 championship winning squad, Carlin Motorsport, is hopeful of a top slot in France. The team currently hold the outright lap record at the 1.7-mile Pau circuit and claimed a victory in 2001 with British American Racing's test driver Anthony Davidson.
"I've been watching videos of previous Pau races to get an idea of the circuit and will drive round the track with James (Courtney. Carlin team mate.) when we get there. This will be my first time racing a street circuit other than make shift stuff in Karting. It's important to get some track time ahead of the qualifying sessions. It will be a good weekend." Alan van der Merwe.
The street circuit of Pau is not only tough on the drivers but is gruelling for the team and car also. The somewhat unpredictable street circuit has overhanging tree lines, high walls, steep inclines and no fewer than three 1st gear hairpin corners for the drivers to navigate, which is far removed from many of the UK circuits scheduled for the British championship.
Entry into the Grand Prix Automobile de Pau is always strong and will again host a full grid in 2002.
Van der Merwe heads to France buoyant having taken a hard fought, well deserved fourth and fifth place finish from last weekends (11/12 May) Knockhill rounds of the British F3 championship.
Both Alan and the Carlin team can expect a fantastic weekend of racing in France and have the confidence and experience to present rewards similar to those taken at last years Pau visit.