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Reviewing the Rivals: Stef Dusseldorp

By Mattias Persson

Throughout the autumn, www.felixracing.se will be running a series of articles where we look back at some of Felix's previous rivals - and chart where their careers have taken them by 2012. A new profile will be introduced every seven days. This week: Stef Dusseldorp.

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Raced against Felix:
2010 (ATS Formula 3 Cup)
Today:
FIA GT1 World Championship runner-up and race winner with McLaren

The lanky Stef Dusseldorp was one of the drivers in the field when Felix made his F3 debut in the German championship in 2010. The Dutchman made a solid job during the season, but his relative experience meant that many had been expecting even better results and more emphatic pace. Instead, more often than not, Dusseldorp had to be content with a position outside the limelight as a trio of F3 rookies stole much of the attention throughout the year; Daniel Abt, Kevin Magnussen and Felix.

Eager to get his career momentum back on track, Dusseldorp decided to pursue a new challenge for 2011. Joining forces with French outfit Hexis Racing, he has gradually matured into an outright frontrunner in the FIA GT1 World Championship – impressing enough to be entrusted a drive in one of Hexis Racing’s factory-backed McLaren MP4-12C machines. Success has come in plenty, and – after winning three out of the nine races on the 2012 calendar – Dusseldorp wound up in second place in the overall standings together with team-mate Frederic Makowiecki; just a single point from being crowned champion at the end of a dramatic title showdown.

In yet another statement of his GT abilities, Dusseldorp concluded the year on a high by claiming victory in last weekend’s 40-car grid Blancpain Endurance Series finale at Navarra in Spain.


Previously: Rio Haryanto, Jean-Éric Vergne, Kevin Magnussen, James Calado, Laurens Vanthoor, Mathias Beche

Read more about Stef Dusseldorp - and everything else connected to Felix's career on the road to Formula 3 Euro Series - in the Felix Racing news archive.








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