Nicholas Latifi wins his first F3 race at Vallelunga

In 15 days that are hard to forget for Nicholas Latifi, he took second place in Imola Italian F3 and then the young Italo-Canadian driver followed up with his first win of the season.Thanks to the win scored at Vallelunga, Nicholas preserves his 4th place in the rookie standing and in 7th place inside the Tricolour and European Series general standings.

NICHOLAS LATIFI: This weekend in Vallelunga was probably one of the toughest race weekends for me so far. We were struggling throughout all the sessions to get the car dialled in. After qualifying 6th and 9th I was disappointed and knew that the races were not going to be easy. I was pleased to finish 6th in race one, which gave me reverse grid pole for race three, but in race 2, my race ended early after another driver tried to make a pass when there was no room for a pass. I managed to come away with the win in race 3 which felt amazing, as it was my first win, and my teammate Riccardo finished 2nd so it was a great result for the team.

MICHAEL LATIFI (Nicholas father):Im very satisfied with Nicholas race. This win is the result of a great job. Over these months Nicholas has demonstrated his continued progression throughout the races. Coming straight out from karting, we knew that It was not going to be easy , even because he has competed with much more experienced drivers. This win must be a starting point to continue to develop and improve. Now we would like to end the season, gaining another important result in Monza.

DAVID TENNYSON:Nicholas has continually demonstrated his immense driving and racing skills this entire 2012 racing season. Coming straight out of karts and into F3   was a true challenge and I am more than impressed by his progression thisseason.  We set realistic goals all year and focused on developing his understanding of the car and how to work with his engineer to optimize car   setup and performance.  The win on Sunday was truly impressive as he  maintained his composure all race and never put a wheel wrong.  The JD team were also flawless in car preparation and professionalism.

GIOVANNI MINARDI:First of all Id like to congratulate Nicholas who, with this win, has reached  the goal he was longing for a long time. Im sure this is only a starting point and a great boost of confidence to get into the final race in Monza. Id like also to congratulate the staff who supports  and looks after Nicholas.