Chris van der Drift twice on podium at Hockenheim 'Dutch' New-Zealander Chris van der Drift had a good start of his weekend. Despite a fifth and sixth position in the qualifying races, the 2004 rookie of the year climbed on the podium twice at...
Chris van der Drift twice on podium at Hockenheim
'Dutch' New-Zealander Chris van der Drift had a good start of his weekend. Despite a fifth and sixth position in the qualifying races, the 2004 rookie of the year climbed on the podium twice at Hockenheim. With two third places in the Formula BMW ADAC races, Chris van der Drift can be regarded as one of the championship favorites.
As class for young talented driver the Formula BMW ADAC is a comparable counterpart to the popular Benelux Formula Renault 2000 championship. Since all races are held as supporting programme of the Formula One and Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters broad media coverage is assured. The use of identical cars, engines, tyres, and fuel for all competitors makes sure that the driver is the critical factor for success in this championship.
Competing for the Rosberg Team, Van der Drift qualified as fifth and sixth for race one and two respectively. A superstart in race one brought the 19-year old and twelve-time karting champion to second place. A couple of laps later he lost a position to Buemi, with whom he fought many duels last year. Chris ended race one in third place. A mature performance in race two brought Van der Drift to third place again. 'Vandy' was happy with these results. "Despite I had chances to catch Mendoza for a second place at the last race today, I am glad with the two podium finishes. In both races I had a great start and managed to get in the top three. Luckily I could defend my position so I have a good position in the championship!"
<pre> RESULT RACE 01: 01. Nicolas Hulkenberg GER 20:52.392 02. Sebastien Buemi GBR + 03.141 03. CHRIS VAN DER DRIFT NL + 08.026
RESULT RACE 02: 01. Nicolas Hulkenberg GER 22:57.385 02. Sergio Perez Mendoza MEX + 04.283 03. CHRIS VAN DER DRIFT NL + 08.663