VIENNA, AUSTRIA, 16 JUNE 2013–Thomas Jaeger placed himself in the second position at Lausitzring during the second race of the German Care Championship (DTM) on Saturday, his best result of his young F3 career so far.
In the other two races that took place during the DTM, the Formula 3-Rookie achieved ranks four and six and continued gathering important points for the championship. The 18 year old sportsman, who was recently chosen a member of the race driving team of the famous German motor sports periodical Auto Motor and Sports, began the second race from starting position number five.
With an impressive start, Thomas Jaeger catapulted himself to rank two, continued the race without a mistake and securely held to the second position through the finish line.
Beaming with delight after he missed the fastest lap time only by a thousandth, Jaeger said: “The race was a highlight for me; it is so far my best Formula 3 result. After the race in Oschersleben, Germany, it is my second podium position during my Formula 3 career. ”
Witnessed by the famous DTM drivers, the rising motorsport young star has qualified for the second starting row by achieving starting position four for races one and three. During the first race on Saturday afternoon, Jaeger who is a student of the “Liese-Prokop Private High School for Athletes” was not able to get a perfect first race lap and lost at the very beginning of the race by two positions. He managed to fight back these two positions during the race but he couldn’t push more enough.
“The racing speed of our cars has improved in comparison to the previous races weekends, but we have to improve during the qualifying too in order to start from higher positions during the race”, he said with some hindsight.
After the podium placement, Thomas had high expectations for the third and last race which took place on Sunday. After the start, the talented young race driver was able to catapult himself to position three and had same lap times as the Lotus drivers. While over passing slower cars, Thomas lost precious time. He was unlucky because he lost positions while over passing cars on unpleasant track sites because his race rhythm got interrupted. Again Thomas was able to achieve the second fastest lap time, an evidence that it was possible to accomplish more than rank six. In the championship of the ATS Formula 3 Cup, Thomas is placed on rank 6 currently, at the end of the first half of the racing season.
“We will use the summer break to test more. We are still only the second power, behind the Lotus team, and we plan to change this from the next race onwards at Nuerburgring, Germany,” he said.
“In the second half of the racing season I plan to improve myself at least for two positions. I am very happy about my podium position and it makes me positive that we were able to get closer to the Lotus team on Lausitzring,” he said, while preparing himself for the upcoming tasks of the next weeks. The ATS Formula 3 Cup resumes at Nuerburgring, Germany on the weekend August 02-04.
Photos: Copyright by Susanne Roßbach
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