Proper Start to the Season for Team Motopark
In Formula 3 Europe, Joel Eriksson currently leads the championship with 104 points. The Motopark driver, who was rookie champion of the FIA F3 in 2016, was happy to celebrate his first victory of the season at the opening round at Silverstone. Right at the start of the second race, he started an attack and went past Callum Ilott in the opening lap – and took the lead. From then on, nobody was able to get close to the Swede. In the third race, he and Callum battled again for P1. Finally, Joel crossed the line as second.
“All in all, I am happy with my outcome from the Silverstone weekend: I have scored many points and I am leading the FIA Formula 3 European Championship standings,” he said.
In the second round at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, he made clear why he is a hot favourite for the title: with a start-finish victory, he celebrated the second season win on the 5,793 kilometre-long track.
“Winning a race at Monza is a dream come true,” he said after the race. “For me, the race was nearly perfect. My start was really good and I was able to pull clear from the rest of the field very quickly. As a result, the drivers behind me didn’t have a slipstream, which was very important to me. In the closing stages, Lando was able to close up, but my victory was never really under threat.”
Motopark boss Timo Rumpfkeil has been supporting Joel for many years.
“Joel didn’t only show that he is an incredibly talented driver – he also proved that he can deliver top performance when needed," he said.
"With the experience we have gathered over the past few years and the technical know-how of the team, he is facing an extremely strong season.”
In Team Motopark’s Formula 4 division, Jonathan Aberdein is the most experienced pilot.
“As early as the first tests in Oschersleben, Jonathan proved that he is a candidate for the title,” said the Motopark boss. “He was among the top three in all six sessions, fastest in three sessions and raced the fastest round.”
During the first race weekend of the German Formula 4, Jonathan went on the podium twice. In the first race, the South African came in as third. In the third race, the 19-year-old went from start position eight to the podium – again, third place, a proper start to the season!
"I am very happy with the weekend, especially with regard to the races,” said Jonathan. “We got the maximum we could from them, but things could have gone better in qualifying. Now, I'll be going to the Lausitzring with a good feeling. Until then, of course, we have work to do. We especially want to be faster in free practice."
Jonathan is now third in the drivers championship. His team-mate Charles Weerts (15) also won his first trophy of the German F4 season. The youngest Motopark racer was the best rookie in the first race.