Tom Dillmann returned to form at the best possible time as he took victory in the season finale to clinch the 2016 Formula V8 3.5 championship, his first title since the 2010 German Formula 3 crown.
The Frenchman was six points adrift of Louis Delétraz heading into the final race of the year at the Circuit de Catalunya, and despite starting seventh on the grid, drove superbly to take only his second victory of the year but the most important of his career.
Dillmann was naturally delighted to take the title and praised his AVF by Adrian Vallés team for fixing the handling issues that had blighted his weekends at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza and the Circuito de Jerez.
“What a thriller! We led most of the championship and the last round was pretty difficult for us,” said Dillmann on formulav8.com. “There was something broken on the car and it was hard lose the lead like that.
“The team did an awesome job to have a great AVF car back and we went back to normal this week-end. Everybody in the team believed we in our potential and here we are.
“The race was perfect. We had a great start, the car was really fast from the beginning to the end, we knew we need a perfect race and I’m really happy for the team who believed in me putting me in the car for this season”.