Bruno Carneiro(17) achieved great results in Suzuka and Fuji and collected the first point for AlbirexRT in the 2017 All Japan F3 Championship!
Suzuka: Two 7th Place finishes at the challenging and fast Suzuka Circuit, were the signal that both Bruno Carneiro and the AlbirexRT were knocking at the door of Top6 points paying positions. The young rookie driver made very mature races and incredible passes bringing home the best results of the season at that point.
Fuji: With the F3 cars reaching Top Speeds of 257 Km/h (160 mph), Fuji Speedway is sorrounded by outstanding hills and mountains and of course the famous Mount Fuji, right next to the charming city of Gotemba in Japan. The season has been a constant progress for both rookie driver Bruno Carneiro and his team AlbirexRT, which started using the Dallara F315 only a few months ago, a car that is vastly different than the F308 that the team has used in the past.
But each weekend have brought more learning and results with with three P12 finishes in Okayama, two P7 finishes in Suzuka and a P6 and a P7 in Fuji, awarding Bruno Carneiro his first point in the extremely competitive Japanese F3 Championship.
Race 1 in Fuji was a downpour. Bruno started P11 and working his way thru the field, finished the race in P6 after fantastic battles with very talented racers like Ritomo Miyata (Tom’s Racing Dallara – Toyota F316), 2016 Japanese F4 Champion.
Race 2 was in dry conditions and starting P10, Carneiro fought his way to a another 6th Place finished, but after being blocked by a back marker on the final lap, lost P6 to Ai Miura (Exedy Dallara-Volkswagen F315) and completed the race in 7th Place.
First weekend of the 2017 Japan F3 Championship is in the books! As we expected, it was a weekend of a lot of learning and development.
Both Bruno Carneiro (17) and the team learned a lot about the new car and there has been a huge step forward in lap times with a 1.2 seconds improvements in set up.
After a good P8 in Qualifying, we ended with a P11 in race 1, a DNF in Race 2 and a P10 on Race 3.
On Race 3, the pace was impressive with Bruno setting his best laps of the weekend and pointing the team in a great direction for the next race in Suzuka in 3 weeks time.
Many thanks to the whole AlbirexRT crew for an incredible hard work, Mercedes-AMG for a very powerful engine and support and the fans and friends in Okayama.
In summary, the first 3 days working on set up development, placed Bruno’s lap times in the midfield, a huge result in his first weekend in the F3 C Class field proving that the decision to race in the very fast C Class was the correct one. A major step from F4 and Formula Mazda, but one that Bruno is once again showing incredible ability to adapt and improve. Welcome to the big boys club in racing Bruno Carneiro! You are in F3!
Picture by Hachiya Hiromi