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F3 Euro Series: Volkswagen Sweeps

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted September 9, 2009 at 11:06 am F3 Euro Series, hard charger

The Formula 3 Euro Series drivers spent the weekend at Brands Hatch for Rounds 13 & 14 of the 2009 championship.

Volkswagen Power

Volkswagen Powerplant

It was a fairly eventful weekend and one that championship leader Jules Bianchi would like to soon forget.  Bianchi crashed in Round 13 after getting together with Tiago Geronimi.  It appeared to me that if Geronimi would have given Bianchi room at the exit of Paddock Hill Bend, the duo could have made it through easily.   That said, Paddock Hill Bend  is a very fast corner and leaving room for a competitor at the exit is easier said than done.  Regardless, it wasn’t the end result that either driver had hoped for.  Bianchi also retired in Round 14 after just six laps.  He still holds the overall lead in the championship by 16-points.

Mika Mäki scored his first win of the 2009 season in Round 13.  Round 14 offered a historical finish as Brendon Hartley scored his first career win in the Formula 3 Euro Series.  It was also the first win in the series for his team; Carlin Motorsport.  Perhaps even more impressive, is the fact that this was the first weekend sweep for Volkswagen in 2009.

Weekend Hard Chargers:

  • Round 13- Pedro Enrique improved 6 positions, finishing 17th after starting 23rd.
  • Round 14- Nick Tandy improved 9 positions, finishing 12th after starting 21st.

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