Nick de Bruijn not satisfied with results in Formula BMW Deutschland season opener HOCKENHEIM, APRIL 09 2006 -- Set-up trouble prevented Nick de Bruijn to finish on the podium in this weekend's 2006 Formula BMW Deutschland seasonopener at the ...
Nick de Bruijn not satisfied with results in Formula BMW Deutschland season opener
HOCKENHEIM, APRIL 09 2006 -- Set-up trouble prevented Nick de Bruijn to finish on the podium in this weekend's 2006 Formula BMW Deutschland seasonopener at the Hockenheimring. At the 4.574 kilometer long Grand Prix track De Bruijn however still did a good job for the championship by finishing in fourth and sixth position on respectively Saturday and Sunday. Both races were won by German driver Marco Holzer, who kept off his fellow countryman Christian Vietoris and Finnish driver Mika Maki on both days.
The Formula BMW is worldwide the leading series for young talented drivers who get their first taste of formula racingcars. Drivers such as Ralf Schumacher, Christian Klien and most recently Nico Rosberg all graduated from Formula BMW before making their F1 break. In 2006 Formula BMW Championships will be organised in Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and Asia. After an impressive rookie season last year, Nick de Bruijn will also be supported by BMW in 2006 as one of their 'Formula BMW Junior drivers'.
Under sunny weather circumstances the double qualifying session, which will decide the starting grid for the races on Saturday and Sunday, got started at 16:35h at Friday afternoon. Having set the fifth best laptime in Free Practise a few hours earlier, Nick started the two 20-minutes lasting sessions knowing he could fight for pole. Braking problems however prevented De Bruijn for achieving this goal, but he still managed to ensure him a double third row starting position.
NICK DE BRUIJN: "In Free Practise I didn't really push that hard, but still my laptimes were very competitive. So I entered qualifying very optimistic as I knew we were able to fight for the toppositions, but out of the blue I suffered from some braking problems, which we unfortunately could not solve in this short time. I'm sure th at if we solve this issue, you can see my fighting up front here on Saturday and Sunday!"
RACE 01 + 02
After having retained his sixth starting position in the first race on Saturday afternoon, the top eight drivers soon formed a group which set equal laptimes to eachother. Though De Bruijn pushed hard to win positions, his efforts didn't get rewarded in the first seven laps. But as Stefano Coletti exited the race in lap 8 after a spectacular crash in which he rolled his car over, De Bruijn won one position in this lap and another one in the following lap as he overtook Martin Ragginger.
Ragginger however tried to reclaim his fourth position in the final lap, but as he braked too late for the hairpin, he took off De Bruijn's rear wing. Luckily, the Vlaardingen-based driver was able to bring his car to the finish in P4!
The second race on Sunday morning has a more or less same course for the 19-year old Formula BMW Junior. Having started from sixth position, Nick again retains this positionafter te start and in the following laps. Where De Bruijn saw chance to climb up two places on Saturday afternoon, this time he has to settle also for sixth at the finishline. In the championship standings De Bruijn now occupies the fifth position overall.
NICK DE BRUIJN: Well, I'd obviously expected a better outcome this weekend. As we suffered from oversteer on both Friday and Saturday, we decided to change our set-up dramatically for today, but in stead I now experienced heavy understeer! With such a close field like in this championship, one almost gets no chances to fight for the toppositions in such a situation. Before the next race however we have two testsessions scheduled at the Nurburgring and the Eurospeedway Lausitz, so I hope we will be in better shape for the next events!"