Lotus News Article

ATS FORMEL 3 ASSEN RACE REPORT

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 18:00
Jimmy Eriksson keeps on winning

Today at Assen’s 4.555 kilometre TT Circuit, Jimmy Eriksson (Lotus, Dallara F311 VW Power Engine) celebrated his sixth win of the 2012 season. With this triumph at the Dutch racetrack, the Swede extended his championship lead to 72 points. In the entertaining race, Lucas Auer (Van Amersfoort Racing, Dallara F311 VW Power Engine) finished second, thus also securing the trophy for the best rookie, with Kimiya Sato (Lotus, Dallara F311 VW Power Engine) coming third.

The third round of the race weekend proved to be a particularly difficult race for the ATS Formula 3 Cup protagonists. With three laps contested, heavy rain began to fall and the race control opted for red-flagging the race to offer the teams the opportunity to switch to wet weather tyres. But the rain stopped falling before the break was over and so, the majority of the drivers continued the race on slicks.

Jimmy Eriksson had taken the lead prior to the rain and defended it against Mitchell Gilbert (Performance Racing, Dallara F311 VW Power Engine) until the race was red-flagged. The Swede also won the re-start and soon, he and second-placed Austrian Lucas Auer opened a gap on the rest of the field. Behind the leading pairing, several drivers were involved in a fierce battle for third position, with Kimiya Sato, currently second in the championship, prevailing in the end. Behind the Japanese, the three rookies Dennis van der Laar (Van Amersfoort Racing, Dallara F311 VW Power Engine), Luca Stolz (Performance Racing, Dallara F311 VW Power Engine) and Artem Markelov (Lotus, Dallara F311 VW Power Engine) finished fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

The ATS Formula 3 Trophy win was secured by Belgian Jordi Weckx (APEX Engineering, Dallara F307 OPC Challenge). Following this success of the Belgian, the gap between Trophy leader André Rudersdorf (ma-con, Dallara F307 Volkswagen) and Weckx amounts to just 10 points.

Jimmy Eriksson: I’m really happy about my second win of the weekend. Nonetheless, I have to admit that the race was more difficult that it may have seemed. It goes without saying that I wasn’t exactly delighted when the race control opted for red-flagging the race - although it was the correct decision. Fortunately, I also won the second start but I never was able to get rid of Lucas.

Kimiya Sato: None of my two starts was perfect - neither the first on the dry track nor the second in wet conditions. When the rain began to fall I could gain several positions. After the re-start, Dennis van der Laar proved to be a tough opponent and defended his position very well. Therefore, passing him took me several laps.