RENGER JUST MISSES OUT ON PODIUM FINISH! HOCKENHEIM, APRIL 29 2006 - Renger van der Zande enjoyed a good start of the second round of the RECARO Formula 3 Cup today. At the 4.574 kilometer Hockenheim Grand Prix track, Renger showed his teeth by...
RENGER JUST MISSES OUT ON PODIUM FINISH!
HOCKENHEIM, APRIL 29 2006 - Renger van der Zande enjoyed a good start of the second round of the RECARO Formula 3 Cup today. At the 4.574 kilometer Hockenheim Grand Prix track, Renger showed his teeth by performing strong in the first race of the weekend. A superb start from third position saw Renger challenging for the lead with eventual racewinner Joey Foster in the first two corners, before being pushed on the grass by another competitor and therefore falling back to third position again. The choice of his team to opt for minimum frontwing downforce did not deliver the result hoped for. But by bringing his Dallara HWA Mercedes to the finish in fourth spot, the rookie of Seyffarth Motorsport only gets more eager to finish tomorrow's race on a high!
Already on Friday morning, Renger surprised the entire paddock by putting down a blistering performance in qualifying, grabbing P3 for Saturday's race and P4 for the second race on Sunday afternoon. Whereas the Free Practise on Thursday was dominated by heavy rainfall, sunny conditions marked both Friday and Saturday. After his podiumfinish last week at Oschersleben at a drying track, Van der Zande showed his talents and raw speed this time on fully dry tarmac among many, much more experienced, competitors. His firm second position in the Rookie Championship standings, with only a few points behind leader Joey Foster, challenge the Q-Dance driver for all upcoming events. Though the original aim in the first few races was to make maximum mileage and gather important data on the car, Renger is making such a strong progression all the way, that he now even has the chance to fight for the lead in the Rookie standings!
RENGER VAN DER ZANDE: "You win some, you loose some. Before today's race we decided to run minimum frontwing downforce to have more topspeed at the straights. After a good start I was pushed off by Kool and lost my gained position in the opening lap. Our choice to run less downforce either didn't bring the desired result as I also lost time exiting the low-speed corners. Therefore Bruins could also overtake me halfway the race. But no regrets. No pain, no gain! Tomorrow I'll try my best to finish on the podium."