September 30, 2009

Dallara F397 - Opel

A little history

Dallara’s dominance of all Formula Three series allowed it to venture into new territories in 1997: it not only designed the chassis of the Toyota GT-One, but also created its very first Indy car. As for F3, its newest chassis, the F397, proved as successful as its predecessors had been. That year, Dallara allowed Jonny Kane to win the British title, Oliver Martini the Italian, Nick Heidfeld the German one, while Patrice Gay dominated the French championship and Tom Coronel won in Japan – no major Formula Three crown escaped Dallara that year!

About the model

Model: Dallara F397 - Opel
Year: 1997
Event: 1997 Italian F3 championship, driven by Oliver Martini (champion)
Maker: Vitesse
Scale: 1/43
Distributed by: Onyx
Acquired: brand new, in December 2006, in Hong Kong, S.A.R.

Such dominance from Dallara upon Formula Three racing gives the possibility to die-cast makers to reproduce these little single-seaters, a single mould being able to represent virtually all champion cars. Vitesse did the job rather correctly with Oliver Martini’s RC Motorsport winning entry. My rating is 13/20.



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