Indy Dontje wins Ravenol Media Award

24. November 2014

Indy Dontje is this year's big winner. The ATS Formula 3 Cup newcomer claimed the rookie title and took third place in the overall ranking. In addition, he has just won the Ravenol Media Award. The talent from the Netherlands will receive the award from lubricant manufacturer Ravenol, which is endowed with prize money of 5,000 Euros, at the Essen Motor Show this Friday. The jury agreed that the 21-year old mastered the entire repertoire showing particular personal commitment and creativity. He submitted a report about one day at the racetrack for children with cancer. The young race driver is an ambassador of “Against Cancer”. The ATS Formula 3 Cup Ravenol Media Award is awarded for the third time.

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Wonder boy Matteo Cairoli joins ADM Motorsport

The Italian ADM Motorsport team is off to a good start to the season with a test in Franciacorta, using the car configured for the 2013 season and Matteo Cairoli, the new talent of Renato Melchioretto’s team. The Italian wonder boy is only sixteen years old and has no experience in kart driving. So far, his CV shows only one race in the Formula Renault.

The one-day test was carried out on the Italian Franciacorta circuit. And Matteo showed a great performance just like during the test in November. At first, the ADM Motorsport team warmed up the car and checked that everything was ok. “The guys from the team did a great and fast job,” says Melchioretto, the team principal and technical director. Afterwards, ADM Motorsport started the actual test in order to set up the car, adjust the car to the driver and harmonise the driver and the team. The work proceeded well, and after lunch Matteo completed a lap in 1:05.00 with used tyres, even though there were a lot of cars on the track, due to the fact that other teams were also preparing for the new season.

Optimization completed
Using new tyres, Cairoli completed a lap in 1:03.99, a difference of 6 tenths of a second compared to the Italian F3 cup in May 2012, with higher temperature and better track conditions. At the end of the session, Cairoli was happy. “In the morning I was not able to really push because the new car is very different from the last one that I tested. However, after Renato had made some modifications it ran really well. If we had been able to make better use of the new tyres from my first lap, I could have driven real fast. The car ran perfectly but traffic slowed me down.”

Wonder boy on the right track
A very good start for 16-year old Matteo Cairoli from Como and the ADM Motorsport team. The next thing on the agenda is the collective test on the championship tracks, where we can surely expect great results.

ADM Motorsport plan to contest the season with a total of three drivers. Drivers still have a chance to sign up.

ATS Formula 3 Cup racing schedule:
26-28/04     Oschersleben (DEU), ADAC GT Masters
10-12/05     Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), ADAC GT Masters
17-19/05     Nürburgring / 4,585m (DEU), ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race
07-09/06     Sachsenring (DEU), ADAC GT Masters
14-16/06     Lausitzring / 3,487m (DEU), DTM
02-04/08     Nürburgring / 5,137m (DEU), ADAC GT Masters
30/08-01/09 Lausitzring / 4,535m (DEU), ADAC GT Masters
13-15/09     Oschersleben (DEU), DTM
27-29/09     Hockenheimring (DEU), ADAC GT Masters