Tom Dillmann insists he is undeterred by the recent pace of Lotus duo, Roy Nissany and Rene Binder who dominated practice at the fifth round of the Formula V8 3.5 championship from Silverstone.
Championship leader Dillmann starts fourth for this afternoon's race, just one tenth-of-a-second behind Nissany and further trailing front row qualifiers Matthieu Vaxiviere and Egor Orudzhev.
The Lotus pairing have made serious headway over the past few rounds, pace which has culminated in three successive podium finishes for 21-year-old Nissany. 54 of the Israeli's 74-points haul has come as a direct result of his mid-season form.
“I am not too bothered by their pace as they are not our only rivals for the championship,” Dillmann told Crash.net
after qualifying at the British circuit. “They are making improvements for sure but they are not our only focus so we just continue to aim for the win.”
With six podiums this year, 27-year-old Dillmann has been the most consistent force on the now 13-driver grid since the season began at Aragon in April. However, his six-race run of podiums ended at the last round in Paul Ricard, something the Frenchman hopes not to be repeat this weekend.
“We do not want a performance like Paul Ricard again, it would not be good for the championship,” he continues, mere moments after qualifying fourth on the grid for Saturday afternoon's race. “I am not happy with fourth, no, I would could do better here as it is a great track for us but we are close to the podium so that will be our aim and I think we can definitely do it.”
With Dillmann's help, AVF currently leads the team standings from British outfit Arden Motorsport; their advantage has recently dropped to just five points. Fortec, the current and defending champions are fourth with just one win – belonging to Deletraz – to their credit thus far.
FV8 3.5 race one at Silverstone begins at 13:00 local time.