MARCO IDILI MAKES STEADY PROGRESS AT THE EUROSPEEDWAY LAUSITZ Klettwitz, May 01 2005 -- Also in the second meeting of the 2005 Formula BMW ADAC Championship, Marco Idili gained a lot of important experience. Though his 17th and 15th...
MARCO IDILI MAKES STEADY PROGRESS AT THE EUROSPEEDWAY LAUSITZ
Klettwitz, May 01 2005 -- Also in the second meeting of the 2005 Formula BMW ADAC Championship, Marco Idili gained a lot of important experience. Though his 17th and 15th classification in respectively the races on Saturday and Sunday at the Eurospeedway Lausitz somewhat overshadow his progress, the former karting driver of the Jos Verstappen team, is feeling more and more at home in his car and this raceserie.
As a class for young and upcoming talented drivers, the Formula BMW ADAC proved to be a passport to success over the last couple of years. Formula One (test)drivers among whom Ralf Schumacher, Christian Klien, Timo Glock and most recently also Nico Rosberg can all decline. As all races are organised as a supporting programme of both the Formula One World Championship and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) broad media coverage is assured. The use of identical cars, engines, tyres, and fuel for all competitors make sure that the driver is the sole factor for success in this championship.
During the two twenty minutes lasting qualifying sessions on Friday afternoon, Marco Idili is being hampered by oversteer in especially the fast corners. Though his HBR Motorsport team somewhat changes the set-up of his car in the 10 minute break between the two sessions, the 17-year old driver remains stuck in a respectively 18th and 22nd gridposition for the scheduled races on Saturday and Sunday.
Marco Idili: "The attractive thing about this championship, it's competitiveness, worked against me in qualifying today. The difference in time between pole position and being the last one on the grid is only one-and-a-half second, and in between that 25 positions have to be divided. Unfortunately this worked against me today, as I most probably was overdriving the car a little bit. A wise lesson for me for the remainder of the weekend!"
RACE 01 + 02
At the start of the first race on Saturday afternoon, Idili stays out of trouble in the first few corners. As all drivers have the same equipment to their possesion a group of drivers (inclusing Idili), all fighting for tenth position, soon forms. Though the Dutchman is able to compete well in this group, wrong gearratios keep him from overtaking the cars ahead of him. After 15 laps, Idili eventually takes the chequered flag in seventeenth position.
Idili's second race on Sunday goes much better. By staying close to his engineer and mechanics throughout the etire weekend, Idili knows to get a better performance out of his car on Sundaymorning. In the opening laps of the race on former East-German ground, the young rookie works himself up in the midfield. Though his tyres are starting to loose grip as the race continues, Idili still finishes the race in 15th spot.
Marco Idili: "Throughout the weekend I've learned a lot about the car and it's set-up. Bij adapting my driving style to the likes of the car, I was able to deliver a good racepace on Sunday. In the first few laps I could even overtake several drivers, but it stays pretty difficult to work your way up to the front in this serie. I hope to qualify in a better position at the next race in Spa-Francorchamps, and score my first points of the season."
<pre> RESULT RACE 01 EUROSPEEDWAY LAUSITZ 01. Sebastien Buemi ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg 21:23.999 02. Nicolas Hulkenberg Josef Kaufmann Racing + 03.256s 03. Natacha Gachnang Josef Kaufmann Racing + 03.962s 17. MARCO IDILI HBR MOTORSPORT + 24.342s
RESULT RACE 02 EUROSPEEDWAY LAUSITZ 01. Nicolas Hulkenberg Josef Kaufmann Racing 21:33.596 02. Nick de Bruijn Josef Kaufmann Racing + 00.759s 03. Sebastien Buemi ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg + 01.399s 15. MARCO IDILI HBR MOTORSPORT + 26.747s