NICK DE BRUIJN UNFORTUNATELY UNABLE TO TRANSLATE SPEED INTO POINTS AT NÃœRBURGRIN NÃœRBURG, May 28 2005 -- With more than 100,000 spectators on the grandstands for the F1 European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. Nick de Bruijn impressed many with...
NICK DE BRUIJN UNFORTUNATELY UNABLE TO TRANSLATE SPEED INTO POINTS AT NÜRBURGRIN
NÜRBURG, May 28 2005 -- With more than 100,000 spectators on the grandstands for the F1 European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. Nick de Bruijn impressed many with his speed in the Formula BMW ADAC Championship this weekend. The rookie of Josef Kaufmann Racing lacked fortune to translate his potential into hard results, as he suffered from a penalty in Saturday's race and a damaged front wing in the second heat on Sunday.
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.
A sudden engine change created a small obstacle in the first qualifying session (for Saturday's race) as the brakes on De Bruijn's car were not functioning as required. The young Dutchman refinds himself quickly though on the 5,148 kilometer long track in the German Eiffel as he clocks the sixth best time before the end of the session. In the second qualifying session, De Bruijn even improves his performance as he takes P4 without even having been able to create a traffic-free lap.
RACE 01 + 02
As under tropical circumstances (33C) the startinglights above the grid turn red one-by-one on Saturday afternoon to mark the start of the seventh round of the 2005 Formula BMW ADAC Championship, De Bruijn gets somewhat too excited. As his car rolls before all lights have gone out, the Stewards of the Meeting punish De Bruijn with a stop-and-go penalty while he is leading the race. As the current Formula A kart champion tries to get the maximum out of the regulations by planning to stop three laps after he is informed, the organisers of the event still disqualify De Bruijn after the race is finished. Though De Bruijn hands in a protest afterwards, the results remain unchanged.
A solid start in the second race on Sunday morning, saw De Bruijn consolidating his fourth position on the grid for almost half the race. But as halfway the 10 lap race his front wing got damaged for yet unknown reasons, De Bruijn lost many positions in the remaining laps, and finally had to settle for 16th position at the finish.
NICK DE BRUIJN: "Things just didn't went as planned during the course of the weekend. A real shame, as I proved to be at the front in free practise as well as both qualifying sessions. Luckily next weekend in Brno (Czeck Republic) the next two rounds of the championship already take place, so I hope to be able to turn things around there. A positive thing about this weekend is, that I've welcomed a new personal sponsor, WIN. I hope to give them something to cheer about next weekend!"