Lotus News Article

ATS FORMEL 3 OSCHERSLEBEN RACE REPORT

Monday, July 9, 2012 - 13:00
Capricious weather at Oschersleben

The race weekend in the Magdeburger Börde region had it all: muggy weather, rain, squalls and brilliant sunshine - the entire range of weather conditions possible at this time of the year. And the experienced Jimmy Eriksson proved to be the one who coped best with these permanently changing conditions. With two race wins, a third place the pole positions for race one and race three as well as two fastest race laps, the Swede dominated the race weekend and added a remarkable number of points to his tally. Nonetheless, the Sunday race demonstrated that the rookies are able to deliver.

By scoring 68 points, at Oschersleben, Jimmy Eriksson came rather close to achieving a perfect 75-point race weekend. Altogether, he now has 141 points on his tally, thus stealing the championship lead of Kimiya Sato (124 points) whose Sunday race came to an early and sudden end due to an accident.

Intermittent rain hampered both practice and qualifying sessions, and conditions were extremely miggy. On Saturday, the race action was hampered by temporarily torrential rain. While the first race was started as a wet race and the rain kept on falling throughout the race, round two was started in dry conditions. But with slightly more than the half of the race contested, the rain was back - and the race had to be red-flagged. The third race on Sunday, however, was held in fully dry conditions, and the drivers definitely were happy that the race was started as early as at 09:40hrs as the conditions promised another extremely muggy day.

And as soon as the conditions were dry and consistent, the ATS Formula 3 rookies demonstrated that they also have got what it takes to shine. Artem Markelov, made it to the podium.

When the third race was over, the teams had no time for a breather, as they had to focus on the preparations for the forthcoming race weekend right away. Just five days after the third Oschersleben round, the Cup single-seaters will have to go out again for the first practice session at Spa-Francorchamps.