Carlo van Dam
|Carlo van Dam|
February 27, 1986 |
|Formula Three Euroseries career|
|Current team||SG Formula|
|Former teams||Kolles & Heinz Union
|Best finish||31st in 2009|
All-Japan Formula Three
French Formula Renault 2.0
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
|All-Japan Formula Three
Carlo van Dam (born February 27, 1986 in Vlaardingen) is a Dutch racing driver.
A veteran of karting, and a former member of the Renault Driver Development programme, van Dam stepped up into single-seaters in 2004, competing mainly in the Dutch Formula Renault series. In his debut season, he achieved three pole positions and three fastest laps, on his way to fifth in the championship. He also competed in four German Formula Renault races, amassing eighteen points in total. He continued in the Dutch series in 2005, and also moved up to the pan-European championship with SG Formula. With most of his focus on the European series, van Dam finished on the podium four times on his way to fourth in the championship. He ended up seventh in the Dutch series, despite only competing in six races. 2006 saw a second season of European Formula Renault for van Dam, and he added a campaign in the French series, again with SG Formula. Despite only winning one of the first twelve races, van Dam trailed Chris van der Drift by just two points in the Eurocup standings, going into the final round in Barcelona. However, both drivers were overtaken by Filipe Albuquerque as the Portuguese driver won both races to clinch the title. Van Dam was fourteenth overall in the French series, competing in just six of the races due to his Eurocup campaign.
Van Dam moved up to Formula Three for 2007, competing for Van Amersfoort Racing in the ATS Formel 3 Cup. He was a runaway winner of the championship, clinching the title with a round to spare at the Sachsenring, amassing sixteen podiums from the eighteen races. He also became the youngest championship winner in its history, however this has since been surpassed by Laurens Vanthoor, who won the 2009 championship. Van Dam also tested a GP2 Series car at the end of the season, as a result of winning the title. He also made appearances in the Formula Three Euroseries for RC Motorsport, at the final round at Hockenheim, and the Renault Eurocup for Racing for Belgium. He made his first trip to Macau for the world-famous Macau Grand Prix, but failed to finish the race for HBR Motorsport.
Move to Japan
After failing to find a suitable drive in Europe, van Dam followed the lead of James Courtney, Adrian Sutil and Oliver Jarvis and moved to Japan to compete in the All-Japan Formula Three series, with the TOM'S team. He dominated the series, winning nine of the eighteen races, finishing every race on the podium en route to a 103-point winning margin over team-mate Keisuke Kunimoto. TOM's also won the teams title, winning the championship by 187 points. Van Dam also made three appearances in the Super GT series, competing in the GT500 class at the Suzuka 1000km, and in the GT300 class at Autopolis and Fuji Speedway. At Suzuka, he ended up third overall, teaming up with TOM'S regular Super GT drivers Juichi Wakisaka and André Lotterer. In GT300, van Dam replaced Cusco Racing's Kota Sasaki, and ended up with results of sixth at Autopolis, and third at Fuji.
At the conclusion of the season, van Dam headed to the Macau Grand Prix with TOM's, and took a surprise pole for the team for the qualification race, heading Kunimoto in a TOM's 1-2. A disappointing qualification race saw van Dam retire on the first lap, having suffered a puncture at Mandarin Bend and then collided with fellow Dutchman Renger van der Zande at San Francisco. He retired on lap seven of the Grand Prix, that was eventually won by team-mate Kunimoto.
Return to Europe
A return to the Formula Three Euroseries beckoned for van Dam, with a 2009 campaign for Kolles & Heinz Union, the new team set up by Colin Kolles and Werner Heinz. However, the partnership was not to last, as after the rounds at Lausitz, van Dam parted company with the team. In four races, his best finish was eighteenth during the season-opening race at Hockenheim. Van Dam drove in the 24-hour endurance races at the Nürburgring and at Spa, before agreeing to drive the car of PSV Eindhoven in the Superleague Formula series. He replaced Dominick Muermans in the car, with the team lying eighteenth in the overall standings. However, he returned to the Euroseries, for the Barcelona rounds, rejoining his former team SG Formula.
|2004||German Formula Renault 2000||Van Amersfoort Racing||4||0||0||0||0||18||30th|
|Dutch Formula Renault 2000||?||0||3||3||3||142||5th|
|2005||Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0||SG Formula||16||0||0||1||4||100||4th|
|Dutch Formula Renault 2.0||6||0||0||?||3||74||7th|
|2006||Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0||SG Formula||14||1||2||1||5||90||3rd|
|French Formula Renault 2.0||7||0||1||2||2||15||13th|
|2007||ATS Formel 3 Cup||Van Amersfoort Racing||18||9||10||7||16||159||1st|
|Macau Grand Prix||HBR Motorsport||1||0||0||0||0||N/A||14th|
|Formula Three Euroseries||RC Motorsport||2||0||0||0||0||0||NC|
|Renault Eurocup||Racing for Belgium||8||0||0||0||0||6||18th|
|2008||All-Japan Formula Three||TOM'S||18||9||10||6||18||322||1st|
|Macau Grand Prix||1||0||0||0||0||N/A||NC|
|Super GT GT500||1||0||0||0||1||11||20th|
|Super GT GT300||Cusco Racing||2||0||1||0||1||16||23rd|
|2009||Formula Three Euroseries||Kolles & Heinz Union||6||0||0||0||0||0||31st|
|Superleague Formula||PSV Eindhoven||6||0||0||0||0||145†||18th†|
|24 Hours of Spa||Full Speed Racing||1||0||0||0||0||N/A||NC|
|24 Hours of Nürburgring||Volkswagen Motorsport||1||0||0||0||0||N/A||20th|
|2011||Super GT||Direction Racing
|2012||Super GT||Honda Racing||8||1||0||0||0||40||6th|
|2013||Super GT||Cars Tokai Dream28||1||0||0||0||0||0||NC|
|2014||Super GT||Audi Sport Team Hitotsuyama||1||0||0||0||0||0||NC|
† - Team standings.
Superleague Formula record
(Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2009||PSV Eindhoven||Azerti Motorsport||MAG||ZOL||DON||EST||MOZ||JAR||18th||145|
2009 Super Final Results
- Super Final results in 2009 did not count for points towards the main championship.
Complete Super GT results
|Cusco Racing||Subaru Impreza WRX STI||GT300||AUT
|2011||Direction Racing||Porsche 911 GT3-R||GT300||OKA||FUJ
|LMP Motorsport||Ferrari F430 GTC||AUT
|2012||Honda Racing||Honda HSV-010 GT||GT500||OKA
|2013||Cars Tokai Dream28||McLaren MP4-12C GT3||GT300||OKA||FUJ||SEP||SUG||SUZ
|2014||Audi Sport Team Hitotsuyama||Audi R8 LMS ultra||GT300||OKA||FUJ
- "Albuquerque puts an end to the suspense". renault-sport.com. Renault Sport. 2006-10-29. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "Dutchman wins German Championship". f3v.de. German F3. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "Formula 3 Champion tests GP2". f3v.de. German F3. 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "Cup winner van Dam debuts with Volkswagen Formula 3 engine". f3euroseries.com. Formula Three Euroseries. 2007-10-05. Archived from the original on December 6, 2007. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "Cup Champion introduced in Japan". f3v.de. German F3. 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "Flying Dutchman notches 7th win and claims emphatic F3 title at Fuji". petmos.com.my. Petronas. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "2008 Championship results". j-formula3.com. All-Japan Formula Three. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "PETRONAS Team Tom's wraps up title at Sugo". petmos.com.my. Petronas. 2008-09-26. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "37th International Pokka 1000km Results". supergt.net. Super GT. 2008-08-24. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "Super GT in Kyushu 300km Results". supergt.net. Super GT. 2008-10-19. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "Fuji GT 300km Race Results". supergt.net. Super GT. 2008-11-09. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- Noble, Jonathan (2008-11-14). "Van Dam grabs last-gasp Macau pole". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- Noble, Jonathan (2008-11-16). "Kunimoto takes surprise Macau win". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "Heinz & Union in VW deal". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "van Dam leaves Kolles & Heinz". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "Hockenheim Race 1 Classification" (PDF). f3euroseries.com. Formula Three Euroseries. 2009-05-16. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "24-Hour Race: Carlo van Dam finishes third in his category". f3euroseries.com. Formula Three Euroseries. 2009-05-25. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- ten Caat, Marcel (2009-07-20). "Carlo van Dam joins Full Speed Racing at Spa". Planetlemans.com. Planet Le Mans. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "Superleague Formula transfer bij PSV Eindhoven". superleagueformula.com (in Dutch). Superleague Formula. 2009-09-03. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
- "Reunited with SG Formula: Carlo van Dam returns to Formula 3 Euroseries". motorsport.com. 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
|ATS Formel 3 Cup
|All-Japan Formula Three