Two races, three podiums! This weekend, DAMS competed in the third round of the 2010 Formula BMW Europe Championship, part of the European Formula 1 Grand Prix meeting on the Valencia circuit in Spain. The team was out to put its poor showing at...
Two races, three podiums!
This weekend, DAMS competed in the third round of the 2010 Formula BMW Europe Championship, part of the European Formula 1 Grand Prix meeting on the Valencia circuit in Spain. The team was out to put its poor showing at Zandvoort behind it, and to restart the championship on the front foot. Spaniard Javier Tarancon and Malaysian Fahmi Ilyas more than fulfilled this mission.
On a very technical and very slippery circuit, particularly early on in the weekend, the two DAMS drivers made no mistakes and had an almost perfect qualifying session. Fahmi set the third time for both races while Javier was third and fifth quickest. By starting so far up the grid the drivers had high hopes and they did not disappoint. Ilyas was on the podium twice thanks to his second and third places, while Tarancon was third on Saturday and fourth on Sunday.
Both drivers added a bagful of points to their scores. The Malaysian racked up 44 points during the weekend and the Spaniard 38! After this very successful meeting, Javier is currently lying sixth in the drivers' ratings with 88 points and Fahmi ninth with 44 points. The next round will be on the Silverstone circuit between 9-11 July for races 7 and 8.
Loic David; general manager: "We made a solid start to the championship in Barcelona and then we made a mess of things at Zandvoort. Our aim at Valencia was to get back on track and we did so. Our two drivers had a fault-free weekend, and they were on the podium on three occasions, while our engineers found the right setup for the Valencia circuit very quickly. Bravo to everybody! We now have to concentrate on Silverstone whose characteristics are very different, but it requires the same approach in terms of method and involvement."
Fahmi Ilyas: "My season got off to a difficult start for many reasons. I missed some test sessions so I had to learn the circuits. I immediately felt good on the Valencia track. I was a bit disappointed not to start from pole. The races went off without a hitch and I was on the podium twice, which is very satisfying. I hope to build on this experience to maintain the same level for the rest of the season. I'd also like to thank the team for its trust in me and the quality of the car I drove this weekend."
Javier Tarancon: "The Valencia result is good news, which boosts out morale, and shows that we can be among the front-runners for the rest of the season. This being said my aim is still the title. I had a good weekend as I bagged a lot of points, but I have to take another step forward at Silverstone and go for victory."