Nick de Bruijn dominates Formula BMW races at the NÃ¼rburgring! NÃœRBURG, AUGUST 20 2006 - Nick de Bruijn (NED) ruled this weekend's 13th and 14th round of the Formula BMW Deutschland championship at the NÃ¼rburgring. After topping the...
Nick de Bruijn dominates Formula BMW races at the Nürburgring!
NÜRBURG, AUGUST 20 2006 - Nick de Bruijn (NED) ruled this weekend's 13th and 14th round of the Formula BMW Deutschland championship at the Nürburgring. After topping the timesheets in Friday's free practise and qualifying sessions, the 19 year old Josef Kaufmann Racing driver took his first race win in this series on Saturday afternoon. A problem with his clutch prevented him to repeat this stunning performance today, but he still managed to come home in second position after a strong race in which he overtook many opponents.
The Formula BMW is worldwide the leading series for young talented drivers who get their first taste of formula racing cars. 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'.
FREE PRACTISE AND QUALIFYING
Just like last month at the Norisring, Nick de Bruijn again demonstrates an impressive pace on from Friday's free practise session. In this 40 minute session, the Josef Kaufmann Racing driver dominantly grabs first position at the famous GP-track. Also in the first qualifying session, where the grid positions for Saturday's opening race are divided, De Bruijn sets the pace in an apparently easy looking way. Only a small adjustment to the tyre pressure of his car, prevents De Bruijn from scoring three P1's in the same day. The Vlaardingen based driver finishes the second qualifying session in third position.
NICK DE BRUIJN: "It's definitely encouraging to start the weekend like this! After I switched cars a few races ago, things have been coming my way since. At the last race event at the Norisring everything fell into place for the first time, but this time I'm again in control. It may sound ridiculous, but I didn't even had to push 100% in order to score pole, so that illustrates our pace perfectly. It's a shame the tyre pressure adjustment didn't move us forward as we hoped for, but that's life. I'm really looking forward to both races!"
RACE 01 + 02
With his nerves set on edge, De Bruijn is eager to start going while waiting for the starting lights to go green on the grid on Saturday afternoon. Despite enjoying a good start, De Bruijn still has to make every possible effort to hold his team mate Christian Vietoris and Martin Ragginger off in the sprint to the first corner. De Bruijn keeps his head cool though and enters the Mercedes Arena in first position. During the course of the 14-lap race, Vietoris and Ragginger charge hard but see no chance to attack De Bruijn successfully. With a lead of 2,5 seconds De Bruijn is the first to take the chequered flag in order to win his first Formula BMW race of his career!
A sticky clutch at the start of the second race on Sunday afternoon prevents De Bruijn from scoring a double victory as he looses five positions at the rundown to the first corner. On from eighth position, De Bruijn starts an impressive advance and is about one second a lap quicker than anyone else on the track! Within only a couple of laps De Bruijn fights his way back to P2 but sees no change in the remaining laps to overtake eventual race winner Martin Ragginger.
NICK DE BRUIJN: "This was a very good race weekend for me, especially in terms of results. I can be proud to have been the quickest driver on the track all three days and to have jumped up to third in the championship standings. My first win on Saturday felt awesome! I've promised myself to repeat this at least a couple of more times this year! It's a bit of a pity I suffered a problem at the start today, but I think I gave all spectators true value for their money. I can hardly wait to go to my home track Zandvoort, where the nex t two rounds will be held in a fortnight!"