‘Dinamo’ Viktor’s rapid on the streets of Bucharest……
DRIVER NEWS: Viktor Jensen returned to the podium with a 2nd placed finish in Romania today for race 6 of the 2007 British Formula 3 championship. It capped off a successful weekend for the Esher-based 19-year-old in difficult conditions, both on and off the street circuit.
Remarkably, Viktor gained 17 places on Sunday to steer his GAC-backed F304 Dallara Mugen Honda to 2nd in his class and 12th overall. This was despite qualifying 9th in the National Championship, after slamming into the wall in damp conditions the previous morning. In the race, one of several daring overtaking maneuvers saw the Icelander take the second step on the podium away from Championship leader Frankie Cheng. With race laps shortened by the safety car, he was unable to take advantage of closing the gap to the eventual winner Sergio Perez to less than 3 tenths of a second.
The result represented vindication for Viktor, as poor communication from the organisers meant he, along with several other drivers, did not know the first race of the weekend was to begin with a ‘rolling start’ until it was too late. That meant he was already 30 metres behind the car in front when he crossed the line, having expected to take his place on the grid for a customary F3 start. However he was still able to make up a place in his class to finish 5th and gain crucial points. With drivers still adapting to the unforgiving circuit, much of the race was led in a procession behind the safety car, making overtaking chances very limited.
Viktor remains in 4th position in the National Championship standings after securing three podium finishes in 3 rounds. He is also the only driver in his class to score points in every outing.
“Of course I’m happy because it was a great drive for me, but I believe I can win races and that is my aim from here," said Viktor Jensen. "After qualifying it would have been easy to lose hope, but you make your own luck and I’ve worked very hard off the track to stay focused on my job”.