UNFORTUNATE WEEKEND CHRIS VAN DER DRIFT AT NORISRING In the seventh round of the Formula BMW ADAC Championship at the Norisring this weekend, Chris van der Drift did not have luck on his side. At the short 2300 meter streetcourse in the...
UNFORTUNATE WEEKEND CHRIS VAN DER DRIFT AT NORISRING
In the seventh round of the Formula BMW ADAC Championship at the Norisring this weekend, Chris van der Drift did not have luck on his side. At the short 2300 meter streetcourse in the centre of Nurnberg, the 2004 Rookie of the Year had trouble getting his car competitive in qualifying. Despite a retirement on Sunday, the Dutch New-Zealander added four points to his championship tally by demonstrating a strong drive on Saturday. In the overall championship standings Van der Drift lies in fourth position.
QUALIFYING At the short but difficult Norisring, Chris van der Drift could not make a fist of the two 20-minute long qualifying sessions on Friday afternoon. Kiwi qualified himself in a dissapointing 17th spot for Saturday's race and in 11th for the final race on Sunday.
CHRIS VAN DER DRIFT: "I've got absolutely no clue on what went wrong... The car felt fine, I pushed like hell, the laptimes even felt okay, but we're just off the pace. We are going to exam our data right away in order to make the necessary adjustments overnight. Tomorrow will be 'Death or Glory'!"
RACE 01 + 02
Having started from 17th on the grid in the first race at Saturday afternoon, Van der Drift impressed the 80.000 strong crowd with an absolutely stunning drive. In the opening lap, Vandy took the chance to overtake no less than six(!) competitors. Though his car still lacks straight-line speed, Vandy is able to get the maximum out of his drive as he takes the chequered flag in seventh position after 22 tough laps. In the final race on Sunday morning, Van der Drift is less successful. As usual the multiple go-kart champion enjoys a strong start to his race, but soon has to retire as Martin Ragginger ran into him at the narrow hairpin in lap two. A shame for Van der Drift, who's team made several improvements on his car overnight, which for sure would have brought him a good result.
CHRIS VAN DER DRIFT: "It was a weird weekend. We still do not know why we were off the pace in qualifying, but we did carry a good speed in both races. I'm happy to have maintained my fourth place in the championship by driving a strong race on Saturday afternoon. It's a shame I could not repeat my performance in Sunday's race as I'm sure we could have done better..."