NICK DE BRUIJN SCORES PODIUM AT EUROSPEEDWAY LAUSITZ! KLETTWITZ, APRIL 30 2006 -- In the fourth round of the 2006 Formula BMW Deutschland Championship, Nick de Bruijn scored his maiden podiumfinish this season by finishing in third position.
NICK DE BRUIJN SCORES PODIUM AT EUROSPEEDWAY LAUSITZ!
KLETTWITZ, APRIL 30 2006 -- In the fourth round of the 2006 Formula BMW Deutschland Championship, Nick de Bruijn scored his maiden podiumfinish this season by finishing in third position. After a race-incident took him out of the first race on Saturday afternoon, a similar accident between two other drivers in Sunday's race gave way to the driver from last year's championship winning team Josef Kaufmann Racing to jump on the rostrum. In the championship standings De Bruijn now posesses the fifth position with 28 points.
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'.
A strong second position in the Free Practise at a wet track on Friday morning, gave De Bruijn faith to again make the most out of it in the double qualifying session in the afternoon. At a dried up track however, the only Dutchman in this series was not able to repeat his performance from earlier that day. As the rain had washed away the grip on the track, the 19 year old inhabitant of Vlaardingen (NED) could not get enough heat into his tyres and therefore finished the first session in sixth position and the final qualifying session in fourth.
RACE 01 + 02
At the former East-German circuit where he scored his maiden Formula BMW podiumfinish last year, De Bruijn again enjoyed a good start of the first race on Saturday afternoon. After only a few corners, De Bruijn had traded in his sixth gridposition for fourth spot, but a race incident involving Sergio Perez Mendoza and Jens Klingmann did not only bring out the safety-car but also brought a premature end to his race.
The second race on Sunday afternoon fortunately brought more success for De Bruin. Though he was blocked by the start by a driver who made a jumpstart and lost two positions, De Bruijn soon recovered well. On from this sixth position the Dutchman started his charge for fifth position. After halfway the race Martin Ragginger and Stefano Coletti eliminated themselves after they collided with eachother, there was no further threat for De Bruijn to score his first podium this year.
NICK DE BRUIJN: "It has been quite a while since I stood on the podium, but it doesn't make me less happy with this result! I can use these championship points very well and now I have to make sure that I keep this momentum. Especially as the next event will already take place next week at the Nurburgring as the support programme of the Formula One Grand Prix. You bet I want to score there as well!"