Timo Rumpfkeil: “The plan worked out.”

13. October 2014

Timo Rumpfkeil's Team Lotus has been contesting the ATS Formula 3 Cup since 2012 and won the championship and rookie titles as well as the team ranking last year. In 2014 the Oschersleben-based talent factory claimed these three titles again in a commanding manner. Behind Team Lotus is Team Motopark which was founded by Timo Rumpfkeil in 1998. He knows what he is talking about, since he used to be a successful race driver in several Formula and GT series himself. Many drivers started a successful career in the highest classes of motorsports, including Valtteri Bottas, Filipe Albuquerque, Renger van der Zande, Kevin Magnussen, Antonio Felix da Costa, or are on their way to achieve success like Marvin Kirchhöfer or Jimmy Eriksson. An interview with Timo Rumpfkeil, Team Principal of...

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Sensational victory for John Bryant-Meisner

The main question before the second race of today was what tyres would be the right choice. Rain brought chaos with sunshine following and vice versa. The sun came out in time for the start of the sprint race but did not dry the track completely. Local hero Jordi Weckx, who contests for the Van Amersfoort Racing team, was the pole-sitter due to the reversed-grid format in the second race. Contesting for Performance Racing, John Bryant-Meisner secured the victory in the rain gamble at Spa; Freddy Killensberger (GU-Racing) won the Trophy ranking again.

Maximilian Hackl (Franz Wöss Racing / Dallara F307 Volkswagen) and John Bryant-Meisner (Performance Racing / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine) were the only drivers to rely on slick tyres, which proved to be a good choice for the Swede in the end. The Lotus team had a good start. Grabbing the lead right away, Artem Markelov (Lotus / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine) was able to defend it for a long time ahead of his team-mate Emil Bernstorff (Lotus / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine) and Yannick Mettler (Performance Racing / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine). The Swiss collided with Nabil Jeffri (Eurointernational / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine), which resulted in an early retirement for him. The winner of this morning's race, Marvin Kirchhöfer (Lotus / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine) carved his way through the field from start position eight to the third place. Bryant-Meisner took the lead in a phenomenal overtaking manoeuvre shortly before the end of the race and still managed to break away from the field. Bernstorff and Kirchhöfer fought tough battles behind him. Kirchhöfer drove across the finish line in third place, Markelov in second. Bryant-Meisner won the tyre gamble in the end.

Another podium place for Killensberger
The winner in the Trophy ranking of the first race in the morning secured the top place on the podium again in this race. Freddy Killensberger (GU-Racing / Dallara F307 OPC-Challenge) broke away from the field, leaving Hubertus-Carlos Vier (ADAC Team Nordbayern / Dallara F307 Mercedes) behind in the second place and Maximilian Hackl from Ruderting in third.

John Bryant-Meisner: “Only one thing mattered today. Everybody else chose rain tyres but I said that we should use slick tyres. It paid off in the end and I am really happy about my victory.”
Artem Markelov: “The race was easy, but then John managed to overtake me. I want to thank my team. They did a great job. My second place is very good.”
Marvin Kirchhöfer: “I did not want to take too many risks. The goal was to score a lot of points. We should have chosen slick tyres too, but I made the decision. Still, I’m very happy.”
Freddy Killensberger: “I had a great start and was able to break away from the other Trophy drivers. I also had a few battles with Cup cars. It was a lot of fun.”
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