Formula BMW Europe: Rounds 1 & 2, 8-10 May, Barcelona. Subject Christensen Takes First Race Win of His Formula BMW Career Barcelona, 9 May 2009. It came as no surprise that the first round of Formula BMW Europe for 2009 was an exciting affair.
Formula BMW Europe: Rounds 1 & 2, 8-10 May, Barcelona. Subject
Christensen Takes First Race Win of His Formula BMW Career
Barcelona, 9 May 2009. It came as no surprise that the first round of Formula BMW Europe for 2009 was an exciting affair. The winner of this was Denmark's Michael Christensen (Mucke Motorsport) and joining him on the podium were Brazil's Luiz Felipe Nasr (Eurointernational) and Malaysia's Jazeman Jaafar (Eifelland Racing).
The moment the starting lights went out Christensen was ready for a fight down to the first corner with polesitter, Nasr. He won this and snatched a lead he was never to relinquish. Another driver to make a good start was top qualifying Rookie, Robin Frijns (Josef Kaufmann Racing). The young Dutch driver started fourth and was third by the end of lap one in front of Javier Tarancon (DAMS) and Jaafar. However, on lap six Jaafar, who started from sixth, was on the move after overtaking local hero, Tarancon, and his next victim was Frijns for the final podium position.
There was some early action with the Safety Car deployed at the end of lap three while the marshals recovered the stranded car of Olivier Lombard (Eurointernational) who had tangled with the car of fellow Rookie, Jack Te Braak (Mucke Motorsport ). Unfortunately this was not a good race either for Motaworld Racing Europe Ltd, as Mikkel Mac had a coming together with his team-mate, Chinese guest driver Hu An Zhu, who had to retire with no rear wing.
The racing proved close and by the end of the 13 laps Christensen only had a lead of point six of a second. Frijns was the Rookie winner having set an impressive string of fastest lap times in the middle of the race. However, this honour finally went to Nasr on lap ten.
1st - Round 1: Michael Christensen (DK/Mucke Motorsport): "The race was great for me. I made a good start and after that I made a move on Nasr and then didn't see much of him afterwards. I just tried to do as good a race as possible without any mistakes. I knew there was going to be pressure at the Safety Car re- start, but I held my line and beat him into the corner. What more can I say as it was perfect for me to win this race, which is my first outright win in this series."
2nd: Round 1: Luiz Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational): "For me the start was not that good, but it was a good result for my first race in Europe. It would have been nice to win, but I am quite happy and so let's see what I can do at the start of the race tomorrow. I think I have a good car but we have to try and set it up for the beginning of the race, because it was then that I wasn't so fast. But the conclusion was good for me so I am happy."
3rd - Round 1: Jazeman Jaafar (MY/Eifelland Racing): "It was quite a good day as I started from sixth. | had a tough fight with Frijns and Tarancon, but managed a podium spot so am quite happy. I managed to catch up to Frijns after the Safety Car and I was up to him by the end of the straight. I never stopped pushing from the start of the race. We will see what happens tomorrow and hope for a good result."
4th - Round 1:Top Rookie: Robin Frijns (ND/Josef Kaufmann Racing): "I had pressure from Tarancon at the start who had less wing than me. He was pretty fast on the straight, but slow on the corners. I was always defending on the straight. I had a few fast lap times but could not pass Nasr as he was too fast on the straights. The car felt really good. Tomorrow I start sixth and my aim is to finish in the top five."
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