Nick de Bruijn steps up the podium twice at the Norisring! NUREMBURG, JULY 23 2006 -- Nick de Bruijn has showed his potential again by scoring two second places in this weekend's Formula BMW Deutschland races at the Norisring! In the eleventh...
Nick de Bruijn steps up the podium twice at the Norisring!
NUREMBURG, JULY 23 2006 -- Nick de Bruijn has showed his potential again by scoring two second places in this weekend's Formula BMW Deutschland races at the Norisring! In the eleventh and twelfth round at the streetcourse in the centre of Nuremburg, Mika Maki and De Bruijn were unbeatable. Also in the championship standings De Bruijn got back in the game by adding 30 points to his tally.
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'.
Already in the free practise session on Friday morning, Nick de Bruijn putted all eyes on him as he, Mika Maki and championship leader Christian Vietoris were able to create a gap of a couple of tenths of a second to all other drivers. A remarkable performance from all three drivers, as usually the Norisring (a short streetcourse with only 3 corners) is known for its close competition! After 45 minutes Nick de Bruijn finished the session in third spot. With the adrenaline still running through his veins, De Bruijn started the double qualifying session extremely motivated. Also in the two sessions of 25 minutes each, De Bruijn topped the timesheets together with his Finnish colleague Mika Maki. By scoring a second gridposition for both races, De Bruijn eyed two possible racewins in Saturday's and Sunday's races.
NICK DE BRUIJN: "Wow, it feels incredibly good to be this competitive again. I really enjoy driving at this track, as it requires 100% concentration. You do not only have to create a traffic-free lap, but you also can't make any mistake, as you'll end up in the wall right away. The cars feels really good, so I'm looking forward to both races. Especially as Maki and I are about 0.3 seconds a lap quicker than all other drivers!"
RACE 01 + 02
Despite a non-perfect start of the first race on Saturday afternoon in which he lost one position, De Bruijn immediately started his advance. Only after a couple of laps De Bruijn took the lead in this 22 lap race. Just like the free practise and qualifying sessions, Maki and De Bruijn headed the field in a dominant manner. In the final 10 laps of the race an attractive showcase unveilled itself as Maki and De Bruijn started a direct fight for the racewin, in which they changed positions several times. As both drivers haven't yet won a race this year, the two of them were very eager to take the chequered flag first. In the end it was Maki who won the race, just ahead of De Bruijn.
Also in the second race on Sunday morning, De Bruijn had to give one position away to Marco Holzer at the start. De Bruijn immediately started his chase towards the German and overtook him only a couple of laps later. The fight for the second position took him too much time however and handed Maki a large advantage. Though De Bruijn closed the gap to the raceleader lap by lap, the race was simply too short to give the Finnish driver a real run for his money. Just like the day before, De Bruijn finished in second position.
NICK DE BRUIJN: "What a spectacular weekend! I'm very happy with my overall performance this weekend. As this track is only used once a year, the surface is quite slippery, especially when you're starting on the wrong side of the grid like I had to. Therefore I lost a position in both races. A shame as we had the pace to win here. On Saturday I really enjoyed my fight with Mika Maki, but on Sunday he was too far away to threaten him for the victory. The champagne however tasted just as good! I'm now going to enjoy a summer breakbut I 'm already excited to go the Nurburgring for the next two rounds. Hopefully I'll be able to finish one step higher on the podium in a month time!"