Carlo van DamDutch racing driver Carlo van Dam today clinched second place at Fuji in the second round of the 2008 Japanese Formula 3 Championship. Yesterday, Carlo also finished second in his Toyota Team TOM’s Dallara and he is now placed second in the championship standings.

“I had a good start. I was able to gain a position and ended up in second place. After that there was not much drama, for I was quicker than the ones behind me, but I could not really attack my team mate Iguchi. I lost quite a lot of time in the track’s third section this weekend. It is a series of tight corners where you have to go through very slowly, because as soon as you push a little there, you lose speed instantly. In the end I went wide once and that created a gap. I am quite happy with my debut here, however. I guess my car and I sort of belonged in second place here this weekend and we have scored valuable points.

“Particularly at Fuji we are still looking for some extra speed and a better setup, as was clear already during testing. In any case we did well in terms of championship points here and now it is a matter of making more progress. This Tuesday we are testing again, at Motegi, and I look forward to the next races, which will be held at Autopolis during the final weekend of April.”