Indy Dontje fährt in Hockenheim zum Rookie-Titel

Indy Dontje fährt in Hockenheim zum Rookie-Titel

07.10.2014: Indy Dontje holte beim Saisonfinale des ATS Formel 3 Cup in Hockenheim die Krone




Indy Dontje holte beim Saisonfinale des ATS Formel 3 Cup in Hockenheim die Krone des Rookiemeisters 2014. Schon zu Beginn des Wochenendes war der Titel für den Niederländer zum Greifen nahe, nachdem er im bisherigen Saisonverlauf bereits satte 319 Zähler auf seinem Konto verbuchen konnte.


Teamkollege Markus Pommer hatte sich den Meisterschaftstitel in der Cup-Wertung vorzeitig gesichert und Indy Dontje wollte in Hockenheim nun auch den Rookie-Titel für das Lotus Team Motopark nach Hause fahren. Seit Beginn der Saison führte der 21-Jährige die Rookiewertung an, doch der Brite Sam MacLeod konnte ihm auf dem 4,574 km langen Hockenheimring noch einmal gefährlich werden.


Die beste Ausgangsposition sicherte sich Dontje bereits im Qualifying mit der Pole Position – der ersten seiner Karriere überhaupt. Von Startplatz eins erwischte der Niederländer dann einen guten Start ins erste Rennen und behielt vorerst die Führung.


Nach einer kurzen Safety Car Phase übernahm jedoch Weiron Tan die Spitze und bald darauf entwickelte sich ein packender Dreikampf zwischen Tan an der Spitze, Indy an zweiter Position und dem immer näher kommenden Nabil Jeffri auf drei. Indy konnte seinen zweiten Platz behaupten und auch wenn der Sieg in Rennen eins nicht mehr greifbar war, holte er sich vorzeitig den Titel des Rookiechampion.


„Es war ein gutes Rennen. Ich hatte am Ende ein paar Probleme mit dem Motor, aber ich bin sehr zufrieden mit dem Ergebnis. Als ich dann hörte, dass ich Rookiechampion bin, habe ich mich sehr gefreut. Es fühlt sich so gut an. Der beste Rookie im ATS Formel 3 Cup ist etwas, auf das man stolz sein kann“, so Indy nach dem ersten Rennen.


Von Startplatz sieben ging es am Sonntagmorgen in das zweite Rennen. Bereits nach einer Runde war Indy auf die dritte Position vorgefahren. Nach einer erneuten Safety Car Phase im ersten Teil des Rennens sicherte er sich den zweiten Platz und fuhr unangefochten hinter seinem Teamkollegen Pommer über die Ziellinie. „Es war ein guter Start und eine sehr gute erste Runde. Ich konnte Markus folgen und bin sehr glücklich mit meiner Pace und dem Ergebnis aus diesem Rennen.“


Im ereignisreichen letzten Rennen ging Indy Dontje von der zweiten Startposition ins Rennen und überquerte die Ziellinie zum Abschluss der Saison ebenfalls auf dem zweiten Rang.


„Ich bin wirklich glücklich, denn ich bin Rookiemeister! Wir haben hart gearbeitet und es mit einem guten Qualifying auf eine Pole und drei zweite Plätze geschafft. Danke an mein Team, das mir ein großartiges Auto gegeben hat. Wir haben gezeigt, was wir können.“


Drei zweite Plätze – ein hervorragender Saisonabschluss für den „fliegenden Holländer“, der in der Gesamtwertung den hervorragenden dritten Meisterschaftsrang belegt.


Fahrerwertung ATS Formel 3 Cup 2014 (Top 10):

1.    Markus Pommer / GER    424
2.    Nabil Jeffri / MYS    277
3.    Indy Dontje / NDL    266
4.    Sam MacLeod / GBR    243
5.    Weiron Tan / MYS    182
6.    Nicolai Sylvest / DNK    182
7.    Nikita Zlobin / RUS    117
8.    Andrés Méndez / COL    109
9.    Maximilian Hackl / DEU    69
10.    Santino Ferrucci / USA    33
 
 

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