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Bed of roses, Nürburgring | August 19th

It’s been a while, minus two race weekends which I (we) mostly want to forget, no inspiring moments to rejoice or write about.
Honestly speaking, we’ve been struggling to get a grip on things.
Trying to plow a path down the fame lane aint a cinch. Neither is it a bed of roses, its more like somebody plowed my roses in the park at the Norisring and now I gotta start all over again.

As it was and is:
We were on a rollercoaster ride, enjoying the thrill and excitement of it all in the FIA F3 European Championship.
Then came the Norisring, DNF’d the whole thing, fast forward to Russia, no great results to speak of, nor points. Frustration.
Red Bull Ring: good Sunday, good overtaking, but we had to be careful, crashes tend to cling to a race driver and before you know it your second and third names are “accident prone”.
So fast forward to Nürburgring, if I looked green it was because of the bile creeping up as a skirmish arose here and there, but all in all we did finish all three races and managed to get a point and a rookie podium.

Jules worked hard, raced intelligently and kept his nose clean. I am proud of him.

Next race Autodromo Internazionale “Enzo e Dino Ferrari” Imola, looking forward instead of fast forwarding away the past, and just maybe we can turn the clock back some, as is the circuit of Imola, and grab another good streak and maybe even a podium.

I know we can.

Chattanooga Choo Choo | July 8th

It’s been several days since we closed the 2014 episode of the Zandvoort Masters. Driving wise it was an interesting weekend for Jules.
Getting his track time on a new circuit for him with a different F3 car and different tires gives him a broader base on which he can improve his driving ability with his RAWCAR in the F3 Euro series.
The actual race was live on Dutch national TV and it was as we say a Dutch party as far as the podium went, 1/Max 2/Jules 3/Steijn.
The race itself was pretty straight forward and not much more than a start, a shove, a pass and a merry go round to the finish.
The shove: wrong move by Jules, anticipating a faster start from his teammate he shoved him off the track. These incidents happen; that’s racing. Wet spots, first corner, first round. But still not cool.
Jules was given a shove as well at the circuit of Zandvoort, a shove off the podium. End of Dutch party. A slippery podium?

I am impressed with the journalistic approach of Allard Kallf, he has his facts in order and is unbiased in his reporting. Thanks Mr. Kalff.
Moscow is our next stop, this weekend.

See you and be cool. (Jules!)

Norisring | June 30th

Arrival at the Norisring:
Hyper ambivalent emotions, deciding to stay calm and under control.Jules finished his Blog report last week on the rally of the NSDAP at the
Norisring.
In 2014 the P stand for “parking-attendants”.  Maybe Hugo Boss can supply them with new vests.
It all started so wrong, (at the parking) to continue deteriorating into theutmost anti-climax of watching my boy race.
Feelings of elation can degrade into utter disappointed in a matter of seconds.
The relaxed atmosphere and exciting races in beautiful Belgian Spa promised us more improvement and pleasurable prospects.
Alas; We Crashed and crashed and crashed.
No more comments, see media and see you in Moscow
Ludwig

Spa is special | June 29th

Whenever and wherever we race, Spa is special as everyone claims it to be. For me it was a first, the circuit is really long and has long straights as well, and the three of us from VAR were joking about which magazines to read, the sights to be seen and to be sure to stay awake. All joking aside; Spa is not to be messed with, the circuit is tricky and very unpredictable in regard to ever changing weather conditions and track circumstances.

Speeds of around 250 km (with a good tow) are normal for us in the F3’s. Then there is the blind corner at eau rouge as you come up the hill at full throttle. (even in the rain, I kid you not!) Lots and lots to be said about

Spa.

I like the track and although I didn’t make the podium (YET!) I feel pretty ok about last weekend’s results. I specially feel good about our team result, thanks to Max and Gustavo. Max did an unprecedented 1, 1, 1, and Gus did a 6 a 3, and a 3. While I did a 9th and 8th.

Thanks to one of the 26 drivers I got pushed off the track, after I was able to gain a position, and I must say in a pretty crappy way. It happened in the second heat and got a nasty push in the ass of my car and I flew into the wall at high speed, all I could do is brace and pray. Luckily my stars where over me (and behind my eyes as well). It was a hard collision, somehow I didn’t roll or spin too much, but I did get some airtime which probably saved me from more hurt and harm.

My dad said the weekend was really worth watching from a spectators view, the races were really exciting, and of course I was involved myself; there were many battles for position, mostly fair and nobody injured. Although al lot of fingernails were teethclipped, as I was told from behind the pit wall, it all went pretty much in a fair and sporting way.

By the way I just got my final exam results and I am happy to be able to definitely close that door behind me and move on to the University of Lugano, where I will be starting a bachelor’s degree in Communication. This week I am training with Adrian and preparing for the Norisring race
coming up on this Saturday and Sunday. A street circuit in Nuremberg where believe it or not, it was the former Nazi party rally grounds; too bad it wasn’t the kind of rally I like.
See you soon and be cool.
Jules