EU: Series Barcelona qualifying report

Brazil's Nasr Claims Both Poles for Season Opener Barcelona, 8 May 2009. Brazil's Luiz Felipe Nasr (Eurointernational) will be the first polesitter of the 2009 Formula BMW Europe series, having claimed this coveted spot for both of the opening...

Brazil's Nasr Claims Both Poles for Season Opener

Barcelona, 8 May 2009. Brazil's Luiz Felipe Nasr (Eurointernational) will be the first polesitter of the 2009 Formula BMW Europe series, having claimed this coveted spot for both of the opening rounds in Barcelona. In a close fought battle, mirroring pre-season testing, for both races he will have Dane Michael Christensen (Mucke Motorpsort) alongside him on the front row and local driver Javier Tarancon (DAMS) just behind him.

The times couldn't have been closer with the top 18 covered by less than a second. Another close fought battle was for top Rookie honours with Robin Frijns (Josef Kaumann Racing) heading this for the entire 25 minute session. However, it was only right at the end of the session that Jack Harvey (Fortec Motorsport) jumped up the time sheets to take second in this category. Frijns from the Netherlands will start from fourth on the grid, while the Brit will be right behind him in fifth.

Pole - Rounds 1 and 2: Luiz Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational): "I am very happy and this is more than I expected, but the team did a really great job. The car was really, really good, especially on the second set of new tyres. We made a small adjustment that worked very well. It is very important to win this pole, so I hope to do a good start and focus on the race to drive away and keep in the front.."

Second on grid - Rounds 1 and 2: Michael Christensen (DK/Mucke Motorsport): "In practice the car's balance was very good. For qualifying we changed it a little bit and it was good, but we can work on it. The circuit is not my favourite, as that is Spa, but I like it so have no problems on this count. Coming back as the Rookie Cup winner from last year there is no question I now want to win the championship overall."

Third on grid - Rounds 1 and 2; Javier Tarancon (FR/DAMS): "I am very happy with this result. The car felt very good and team did great job. In the first session we didn't put new tyres on, but obviously we did for qualifying. I am in a good position for the start and I want to overtake both the drivers in front of me."

Top Rookie: Robin Frijns (ND/Josef Kaufmann Racing): "It has all gone well. During pre-season testing I was pretty fast, and before we came here I decided I wanted to be in the top five and in free practice which I managed, and that was without new tyres. Now here I am in fourth. The car was better than this morning, if not brillitant, and we did have more rubber on the track. We are now going to change a few things and hope for it to be even better in the race."

The grid positions for race one are determined by each driver's quickest time in qualifying, while each driver's second quickest time is taken to set the grid for race two.

-credit: fbmw eu

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Michael Christensen , Jack Harvey , Javier Tarancon , Robin Frijns , Felipe Nasr
Teams DAMS