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Donington 12/10/2008 - 06 Days, 05 Hrs, 31 Mins
TEAM NEWS: Carlin dominate to take five out of six podiums at Snetterton


TEAM NEWS: The Carlin F3 team topped off a dream outing at the Snetterton circuit this afternoon, with a second, third and fourth placed finishes in race two.  Alberto Valerio and Sam Bird made their second successive visit to the podium with a second and third place respectively, meaning the Carlin team took five of the six podium positions in today’s races.  Maro Engel just missed out on a podium in fourth place while Niall Breen and Mario Moraes brought their Carlin race cars home in seventh and tenth respectively, with all five drivers finishing in the top ten and taking away valuable championship points.  

As the lights went out, all Carlin drivers had a clean start to make it round the first corner.   Maro Engel made up one place from his fifth place grid slot to pass Mustonen and followed team mate Alberto Valerio over the line for lap two.  Niall Breen also made a good start, passing Greg Mansell to put himself in the points in tenth place.  Similarly, Mario Moraes made up two places to cross the line 14th at the end of lap one.  Two laps later, the young Brazilian was up to 12th.  

Valerio, Bird and Engel demonstrated blistering pace in the early stages of the race, each taking their turn in setting the fastest lap.  On lap six, Valerio set the fastest lap of the race so far and passed team mate Bird to claim second place.  

Further down the field, Breen was also making progress, passing Kennard and taking tenth when Gonzalez spun off track, also bringing out the only safety car of the day.  Moraes made the most of the restart on lap 15 to move up to 11th and passed Martin on lap 16 to tale 10th place and the last points paying position.  Team mate Niall Breen was also demonstrating some good overtaking maneuvers to pass Mustonen for 7th place, and claim four championship points to add to the 20 from his race win earlier in the day.    

With the race run to time rather than the full 28 laps, the finishing order was Valerio second, Bird third, Engel fourth, Breen seventh, with Moraes tenth.

Recording an impressive four podium positions from the last four races, 20 year-old Sam Bird leaps to second in the championship standings with 78 points.  Niall Breen jumps to fourth place after taking victory in race one.  

Speaking about his second podium position of the day, Valerio commented, “I’m a little bit disappointed, a little bit happy, because obviously I want to win.  My relationship with the car and the team is evolving into a very successful combination and we are consistently in the top five, I think we’ll get the race win soon.  But I’m really pleased with how it went this weekend, it’s looking good for the rest of the season.“

Team principal Trevor Carlin summer up another successful day adding, “The entire team did a great job today; to take five out of six available podiums is a fantastic result and shows great consistency.  All five drivers finished in the top ten and scored points which is great for the championship.”  

The team will next be on track in three weeks time for the fifth round in Monza, Italy.

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