Lola signed off the Formula Three season in style at Oschersleben over the weekend with another pair of wins in the German Recaro F3 Cup.
After being crowned champions in the penultimate rounds a week earlier at Salzburgring in Austria, Ho-Ping Tung took his JB Motorsport Lola B06/30 to another pair of convincing wins. They were his 8th and 9th wins of a superb season, which has also seen the Lola chassis take an incredible 15 wins from 20 races. That is a dominant 75% of the events that the Huntingdon marque has succeeded in this year.
Ho-Pin Tung stamped his mark on the final meeting of the year by taking clear wins in both races, as well as pole positions and fastest laps. In total the Lola chassis has scored 13 pole positions and 11 fastest laps from the 20 races.
"This year I had a chance to compete in the F3 series with equal equipment to the other competitors," said the new champion, Ho-Pin Tung. "I have shown my potential by winning 9 races. Together with teammate Ferdinand Kool we won 10 out of 20 races for the JB Motorsport Lola team. We started the season without testing and with a new car. During the season we kept developing the Lola and finally we could dominate the races and I had a great season".
JB Motorsport’s Ferdinand Kool also signed off on a high, by securing a podium place with 3rd in the first of the races held on Saturday. This was despite the Dutchman being involved in an altercation with the HS Technik Lola of Harald Schlegelmilch. He then followed that up with a 5th place in Sunday’s race.
HS Technik fielded a pair of Lola’s for the first time since Joey Foster’s season ending accident at Lausitzring in July. Nathan Antunes followed his excellent Salzburgring form to score a 5th place on Saturday and then a 3rd on Sunday. The highly rated Australian has turned several heads with his speed in his first year in F3 and is set to become a more permanent fixture in F3 next season with the Lola chassis.
Moving up from the Junior Class for the final races at Oschersleben was Harald Schlegelmilch. The Latvian has dominated the class this season and even scored three outright victories, all of them at Assen. This weekend the rapid youngster qualified on the front row of the grid for the first race but fell down to 4th place after a wheel banging start to the race with Kool. Race Two saw the 18 year old match his position with another 4th place.
Speaking of the car and teams performance over the season, Lola Managing Director, Rupert Manwaring said. “It has been a truly excellent season for both JB Motorsport and HS Technik and they have reaped great results. The B06/30 has stood out head and shoulders above the competition and we aim to capitalise on this and ensure that Lola win more Formula Three titles with both existing and new customers.”
Never resting on their laurels Lola engineers now begin a significant update to the Lola F3 car for the 2007 season when several F3 series will see the B06/30 in action.
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RACE ONE RESULTS
1. Ho-Pin Tung (PRC/NL) JB Motorsport Lola-Spiess 25m57.556s
2. Renger Van Der Zande (NL) SMS Dallara-Mercedes 26m00.585s
3. Ferdinand Kool (NL) JB Motorsport Lola-Spiess 26m04.709s
4. Harald Schlegelmilch (LAT) HS Technik Lola-Spiess 26m10.601s
5. Nathan Antunes (AUS) HS Technik LolaB06/30 Spiess 26m15.769s
6. Recardo Bruins (KOR) Van Amersfort Dallara-Spiess 26m18.415s
7. Natacha Gachnang (D) Bordoli Dallara-Spiess 26m26.017s
8. Dominick Muermans (NL) Van Amersfort Dallara-Spiess 26m30.662s
9. Marcello Thomaz (BR) Swiss Racing SLC-Spiess 26m31.784s
10. Riccardo Azzoli (I) Target Racing SLC-Spiess 25m38.543s
Fastest Lap: Ho-Pin Tung JB Motorsport Lola-Spiess 1m21.086s
RACE TWO RESULTS
1. Ho-Pin Tung (PRC/NL) JB Motorsport Lola-Spiess 25m45.599s
2. Recardo Bruins (KOR) Van Amersfort Dallara-Spiess 25m53.236s
3. Nathan Antunes (AUS) HS Technik LolaB06/30 Spiess 26m09.631s
4. Harald Schlegelmilch (LAT) HS Technik Lola-Spiess 26m09.985
5. Ferdinand Kool (NL) JB Motorsport Lola-Spiess 26m10.612s
6. Renger Van Der Zande (NL) SMS Dallara-Mercedes 26m11.713s
7. Dominick Muermans (NL) Van Amersfort Dallara-Spiess 26m12.577s
8. Ronny Wechselberger (D) Prinz Dallara-Spiess 26m33.268s
9. Benjamin Leuchter (D) Rennsport Rossler Dallara-Spiess 26m35.711s
10. Cyndie Alleman (CH) SMS Seyffarth Dallara-Mercedes 26m35.935s
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