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Carlo van DamDutch racing driver Carlo van Dam left the Spanish circuit of Jarama with mixed emotions today after the final races of the 2009 Superleague Formula series. After a troubled qualifying session and first race, Carlo started from sixth position in the second race and he was convinced that he and PSV could conclude the season with a good result. Shortly after the start, however, van Dam was driven off the track by Esteban Guerrieri.

“A shame, really. I had arrived here wanting to do give PSV a good result at the end of the season”, Carlo says. “In qualifying the car did not handle very well unfortunately, as we hardly had any traction and then you are pretty much finished around here. In the first race I could make up a few places as quite some drivers got into trouble. Consequently, I started the second race from the third row, from sixth position. I was pretty confident and gained a place at the start, but then, going into the first corner, Guerrieri [Olympiacos] just drove into me. I guess he never bothered to brake at all. My race was over on the spot. A real pity, because although we may not have had the ideal setup here, we would have been able to get something together in that second race. And PSV and the team would have deserved that.

“I want to thank PSV and the team for the races I was asked to do for them this year, and I would like to compliment Superleague Formula with their championship, because like I said before, I was pleasantly surprised by the cars, the organisation and the competition.

“This has been an eventful year for me and it is now a case of putting together 2010. All sorts of things are going on at this moment and sometime in the next few months I hope things fall into place.”

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Carlo van DamCarlo van Dam today scored two tenth places for PSV in the Superleague Formula-races at the circuit of Estoril in Portugal. Carlo made his debut in the series this weekend and despite his first outing proved challengingly difficult, he looks forward to the remaining rounds.

“Let me first stress that I was pleasantly surprised by the Superleague Formula”, Carlo says. “The series, the cars and the organisation certainly exceeded my expectations. It wasn’t easy, especially since we couldn’t get our car to get around the slower corners properly here. Then, in the first race, the semi-automatic shift system of my car failed several times and I could not shift down, so that cost me a couple of places unfortunately. So we are far from there yet, there is much more speed to find in our car, but this was a good experience and I am enthusiastic.”

Photo by Diederik van der Laan

Carlo van Dam will tomorrow start from fourteenth position for PSV in the first of three Superleague Formula-races held at Estoril in Portugal. Carlo makes his debut in the championship this weekend and had a challenging first day that included qualifying.

“It is quite a peculiar car”, Carlo says. “It is particularly difficult to get it to go around slower corners. We managed to improve the set-up of our car one step at a time, but this of course is only the very first day for us and we only have one engineer for two cars, so we have to improvise a little. This weekend it will primarily be a matter of learning as much as we can and get the maximum out of the three races. It will not be easy, but of course we will try our very best, especially since there are two more events after this one, at Monza and Jarama, and we want to make the most of the track time here in order to ensure that we can make progress.”

During qualifying the Superleague Formula-field is divided into two groups. In his group Carlo set the seventh fastest time today, earning himself a spot on the seventh row of the starting grid for the first of three races that will be held at Estoril tomorrow. “The difference in lap times between the two groups was quite big because of the track being much quicker in the other session. Still I will start in front of people like Bourdais and Bernoldi tomorrow. However, we must improve our set-up significantly, because the fastest cars seem to handle significantly better.”