Lola F3 teams traveled to Assen in the Netherlands at the weekend for the latest rounds of the Recaro F3 Cup.
After dominating the previous ten races in the series, it proved to be a more frustrating weekend for the two Lola teams - HS Technik and JB Motorsport.
After Joey Foster claimed two conclusive pole positions for the races, the B06/30 chassis looked set for another pair of wins. However, some terrible luck ensured that Foster only came away from Holland with a 4th placed, 2 points for the pole positions and another point for fastest lap.
In race one, the Cornishman made a great start and was in the process of opening out a significant gap to the chasing pack, when dust that blown on to the track, caught the 23 year old out, making him run wide and slip down in to 4th position.
"I actually saw the sand or whatever it was in front of me and slowed as a precaution, but there was just zero grip and I went off," said Foster. " It is such a shame because we proved that we were easily the fastest out there with the pole and the fastest lap. Several others also went off so it wasn't just a case of inexperience at this circuit. In fact I learnt the track in just 4 laps during practice."
With another pole position for race two, Foster was intent on converting it in to his sixth win of the season. but yet again fate intervened when a puncture took him out of a clear lead.
"I had another great start and then I felt the car pull to the left suddenly,” confirmed Foster. “Then the whole tyre let go and I had to cruise back to the pits which meant I was effectively last when I got back out again.”
The HS Technik Lola B06/30 charged back out in to the race but was only classified in 20th place. Despite the poor luck, Foster actually closed the gap to his title rival and fellow Lola driver Ho-Pin Tung.
“It is frustrating what happened but at the bend of the day I actually closed the gap by a point,” said Foster. “We will be back racing here next month and I really enjoyed the circuit. I am sure that after Lausitzring in a few weeks time we will have re-captured the series lead.”
Ho-Pin Tung claimed two 6th places in his JB Motorsport Lola, the Dutch/Chinese driver racing at his home event. So far this season he has taken five victories.
Best result of the weekend was the third place in race 2 for Ferdinand Kool in his JB Motorsport Lola.
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS AFTER 12 ROUNDS
1. Ho-Pin Tung (PRC/NL) 84pts
2. Joey Foster (GB) 76pts
3. Nicolas Hulkenburg (D) 61pts
4. Ferdinand Kool (NL) 58pts
5. Harald Schlegelmilch (LAT) 45pts
6. Ricardo Van Der Zande (NL) 39pts
7. Riccardo Azzoli (I) 33pts
8. Recardo Bruins (KOR) 23pts
9. Johnny Cecotto (VEN) 15pts
10. Marcello Thomaz (BRA) 13pts
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