Felix Rosenqvist takes maiden Formula 3 victory
Felix Rosenqvist claimed his first-ever Formula 3 victory this weekend, when the ATS Formula 3 Cup championship visited the Dutch circuit of Assen. Rosenqvist, 18, won the first race of the weekend after controlling the majority of the 30-minute event from the front, while giving his Performance Racing team their maiden triumph in the series in the process. The Swedish F3 rookie also came close to winning again in Race 2 when he challenged eventual winner Daniel Abt for the lead, but the resulting second place - coupled with the Race 1 victory - means Rosenqvist still makes up a lot of ground in the championship standings.
”It goes without saying that I’m very happy to have taken my first victory in such an important category of racing as Formula 3,” Felix Rosenqvist says. ”Hopefully, this was the turning point of our season following all the bad luck we have had in the beginning of the year, and it feels particularly nice to have given Performance Racing their first-ever win - they have been working hard to experience this day, and they deserve a big thank you. We have shared a common goal and the fact that this success comes right now, ahead of the most hectic part of the season, promises well for the rest of the campaign.”
Performance Racing team boss Bobby Issazadhe was obviously delighted with the outcome of the weekend.
”We are extremely happy and proud to have finally won our first race in this tough championship,” Issazadhe says. ”We have been trying to get here for three years and did come very close on a number of occasions, but Felix has given proof to everyone that we certainly do belong in the top. Furthermore, his second place in Race 2 only goes to show that the victory wasn’t a fluke - we, and he, simply had the genuine speed to battle it out with the very best. This success will undoubtedly boost team morale, and we do not intend to wait another three years for our next victory!”
Following the weekend of racing at Assen, Rosenqvist is now up to fifth in the overall championship standings when four rounds of the 2010 season have been contested. After eight individual races, six different drivers have stood on top of the ATS Formula 3 Cup podium this year.
The next round of the German Formula 3 championship takes place at the legendary Nürburgring circuit in Germany already next weekend, on July 23-25.
German Formula 3: www.formel3.de
Performance Racing: www.performance-racing.se
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