| A victory and two podium places were the superb yield of the two JB Motorsport run Lola B06/30 cars in the latest races of the ATS Formula 3 Cup on the Lausitzring
JB driver Frédéric Vervisch had his ups and downs at the weekend but came through to score his first victory of the season: "The car was quite good for the pole position in both qualifying sessions. But in the first one I had no proper free lap and in the second qualifying session the drive shaft had broken by the second lap."
The young Belgian was to start from second position in the first race and from last place in the second event. He hadn't achieved the required minimum of three laps before the problem stranded him on the track.
Vervisch proved that his car was well sorted in the first race on Saturday. With a good start he attacked polesetter Christian Vietoris in the first few metres and passed him. While in the lead he also took the fastest lap of the field and won in front of his team mate Nico Verdonck.
Fellow Belgian Verdonck had started from third position for the first race. At the beginning he outdistanced his pursuers together with Vervisch and Vietoris and at the end he benefited from a mistake by the German. Vietoris spun on the track because of the growing pressure from the purple Lola.
Winner, Frédéric Vervisch said after the first race: "The car was good although we first had some problems to warm the tyres up to the working temperature. I am happy that I made up some points in the battle for the championship lead."
In the second race, Vervisch started from 18th position and last and looked set to struggle for points from that far back. However, some scintillating driving saw him come up to sixth place fighting with Ricardo Bruins for fifth position. At the end he got the point for another
fastest lap but had to retire from the race just before the end with a mechanical problem.
Verdonck however defended his third place on the starting grid over 20 laps and climbed onto the podium with winner Carlo van Dam and runner-up Christian Vietoris. The Belgian spoke about his thrilling duel with Vietoris, saying: "In the second half of the race I was faster than Christian, but I couldn’t find a way to pass him. In one of the last overtaking attempts I was even off the track. It is pity, because second place was possible."
The next races of the German Formula 3 Cup will take place over the coming weekend during the Rizla Race Day in Assen.
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