EU: Series Hungaroring qualifying report

Juncadella doubles up on pole. Budapest, 1st August 2008. Qualifying for rounds 9 and 10 of Formula BMW Europe saw Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational) come away with the two fastest laps at the Hungaroring. Juncadella will therefore start...

Juncadella doubles up on pole.

Budapest, 1st August 2008. Qualifying for rounds 9 and 10 of Formula BMW Europe saw Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational) come away with the two fastest laps at the Hungaroring. Juncadella will therefore start from pole position for the third and fourth times this season in the races on Saturday (17.30-18.00 hrs) and Sunday after similar success at Zolder. Alongside the 17-year-old Spaniard on the front row will be Marco Wittmann (DE/Josef Kaufmann Racing). Behind the lead pair in third and fourth positions on the grid are Esteban Gutierrez (MX/Josef Kaufmann Racing) and rookie Facundo Regalia (ES/Eurointernational).

In temperatures hitting a sizzling 30 degrees Celsius at the Hungaroring circuit 19 kilometres outside Budapest, Juncadella's second-fastest lap was also good enough to earn him pole for the second race of the weekend. Juncadella will line up ahead of Wittmann and Gutierrez once again for round 10 of the season on Sunday (9.15-9.45 hrs).

Rounds 9 + 10.
Polesetter: Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational).

"Pole position is particularly useful on this circuit, as overtaking during the race is very tricky. The temperature during qualifying certainly made it tough out there. Coming from Spain, I'm used to the heat, but here you also have a high level of humidity to deal with. The sweat was really pouring down my face while I was driving. However, I'd taken on a lot of liquid before I went out and was feeling in good shape as a result. I'm proud of the performance of my team Eurointernational, and it's great, of course, to see Facundo as the leading rookie in fourth place."

Rounds 9 + 10.
2nd on the grid: Marco Wittmann (DE/Josef Kaufmann Racing).

"It goes without saying that I'd always prefer to be on pole, but starting both races on the front row isn't bad either. I managed to keep Esteban and Adrien - my closest rivals in the overall standings - behind me in qualifying, and hopefully I'll be able to do the same in the race. It's about time I made it onto the top step of the podium."

Round 9
Best rookie: Facundo Regalia (ES/Eurointernational).

"For me as a rookie this is a fantastic result. Testing here had gone well and I came to Hungary full of confidence. I knew that it would be hot, so I did a lot of fitness work in preparation. Two hours in the gym, plus some tennis and football has certainly paid dividends. I've been on school summer holidays since Hockenheim, so haven't had to combine school and racing for the last couple of weeks."

-credit: fbw eu

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