||Championship Class Post Race Press Conference with Marko Asmer, Alberto Valerio and Sam Bird
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Marko Asmer put the disappointment of his first DNF this morning to win Round 8 from pole positiion to take his 5th win of the 2007 Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series season. Alberto Valerio and Sam Bird completed a great weekend for the Carlin Motorsport team who claimed five podiums from the six available.
Viktor Jensen came through from 7th on the National Class grid to take his first win of the season ahead of Frankie Cheng and Hamad Al Fardan, the Bahraini driver taking his second podium finish of the day. Sergio Perez, who finish 4th just behind Al Fardan, is tied on points with Cheng but leads the championship courtesy of his three race wins to Cheng's two.
RaceMarko Asmer headed a full 31 car grid for Round 8 and when the red lights went out he used his advantage to lead the pack away. However Sam Bird moved up on the outside of the Estonian driver and Asmer was forced to defend his position as the cars came into the first corner at Riches.
Asmer led the field through the corner but further back mayhem ensued as five cars ended up on the grass with all them rejoining except the Dallara of Leo Mansell. However the incident shook up the order in the National Class and allowed Viktor Jensen to leap from 7th into the class lead at the end of the opening lap.
At the front it was Asmer from Bird and Valerio with Maro Engel ahead of Mustonen and Gonzalez. In a rerun of the first race Bird was able to track the lead car, maintaining a 0.4 second gap to Asmer while holding off his Brazilian team mate in third place. However Bird’s Dallara was starting to suffer from oversteer and Valerio saw his opportunity. On Lap 7 he seized it and moved ahead of Bird into second and set off after Asmer, who had moved away from the battling Carlin pair.
On lap 11 the field was bunched up as the Safety Car was deployed to recover the stranded Dallara of Rodolfo Gonzalez at the Esses. For three laps the field circulated at a slow speed and then on lap 16 it all began again in earnest.
Asmer used his vast experience to maintain his lead while Valerio was pulling away from the struggling Bird, who now had to fend off the attentions of Engel.
In the National Class Jensen got a good restart to hold onto he is National Class lead while Alastair Jackson lost his second place position to Frankie Cheng and then was passed by Hamad Al Fardan.
With the Safety Car period slowing things up, the race was reduced to 26 laps and as the cars came round for the final lap it was Marko Asmer from Alberto Valerio, who was now 1.7 seconds adrift of the Estonian and in turn had opened up a 4.7 second gap to third placed Sam Bird.
Asmer punched the air in delight as he crossed the line to record his 5th win of 2007 but it was also a good day for Carlin Motorsport with a further two podium finishes to add to the three they took earlier in the day.
Viktor Jensen brought his Dallara home to score his first win of the season for himself and his ADR team, with Frankie Cheng setting the fastest lap to be tied on championship points with Sergio Perez. Hamad Al Fardan recorded his third podium finish in as many races.
Marko Asmer now holds a 48 point lead in the championship table after 8 rounds of the 2007 Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series, with Sam Bird moving into second place, one point ahead of Stephen Jelley.
The next two races will take place at Monza in Italy on Sunday 24th June 2007.
1 7 C Marko ASMER (EST) Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA 30:08.184
2 22 C Alberto VALERIO (BRA) Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA +1.688
3 3 C Sam BIRD (GBR) Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA +6.405
4 23 C Maro ENGEL (GER) Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA +7.196
5 1 C Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA +7.516
6 5 C Sebastian HOHENTHAL (SWE) Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA +8.103
7 21 C Niall BREEN (IRL) Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA + 8.737
8 26 C Atte MUSTONEN (FIN) Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA +9.486
9 50 C Greg MANSELL (GBR) Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA +11.201
10 4 C Mario MORAES (BRA) Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA +12.770
11 2 C Jonathan KENNARD (GBR) Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA +13.211
12 24 C John MARTIN (AUS) Dallara F307 Mugen-Honda +15.053
13 6 C Walter GRUBMULLER (AUT) Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA +16.645
14 61 I Max CHILTON (GBR) Dallara F307 Mercedes HWA +18.757
15 12 C Sean PETTERSON (RSA) Lola B06-30 Mugen-Honda +6.475
16 37 N Viktor JENSEN (ISL) Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda +28.379
17 10 C Ricardo TEIXEIRA (ANG) Dallara F307 Mugen-Honda +29.370
18 39 N Cong Fu CHENG (CHI) Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda +29.876
19 38 N Hamad AL FARDAN (BHR) Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda +33.978
20 31 N Sergio PEREZ (MEX) Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda +34.259
21 35 N Alastair JACKSON (GBR) Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda +35.340
22 8 C Francesco CASTELLACCI (ITA) Dallara F307 Mugen-Honda +48.936
23 34 N Alex WATERS (GBR) Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda +49.473
24 33 N Juan Pablo GARCIA S. (MEX) Lola-Dome F106/4 Mugen-Honda +50.373
25 77 N Salman AL-KHALIFA (BHR) Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda +1:06.281
26 36 N Albert COSTA (ESP) Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda +1 lap
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