Juncadella gets the champagne treatment - twice.
Budapest, 3rd August 2008. Daniel Juncadella (Eurointernational) climbed to the top step of the Formula BMW Europe podium twice this weekend at the Hungaroring. On Saturday the 17-year-old Spaniard celebrated victory ahead of Marco Wittmann (DE/Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Kevin Breysse (FR/DAMS Team). And on Sunday he clinched the race win from Esteban Gutierrez (MX/Josef Kaufmann Racing) in second place and Wittmann in third. On both occasions Juncadella started from pole position. The tenth round of the season ran smoothly and as far as possible the drivers managed to avoid unnecessary collisions. Among the prominent observers on the pit wall were BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen, BMW Board Member Ian Robertson and Torro Rosso boss Gerhard Berger.
After 10 of the season's 16 rounds, a leading group of four drivers now dominate the overall standings in Formula BMW Europe. Gutierrez leads the way with six wins and 250 points ahead of Juncadella with two wins and 200 points. Then comes Adrien Tambay (FR/Eifelland Racing) with two wins and 198 points and Wittmann with six podium places and 194 points. In the rookie standings Danish driver Michael Christensen (DK/Double R Racing) has now taken over the lead held by David Mengesdorf (DE/Mucke Motorsport) going into the weekend. Driving for the British Raikkonen Robertson Racing team, Christensen now has 94 points and, like the German Mengesdorf (87 points), is one of the drivers supported by BMW. Rounds 11 and 12 of Formula BMW Europe will take place in three weeks' time (22nd-24th August) as part of the support programme for the F1 Grand Prix of Europe on the street circuit in Valencia.
1st place Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational):
"It has been a perfect weekend for me with two poles and two wins. However, they were not easy races. In the second race I had a lead of 1.5 seconds over the field after six laps, but then I saw on my pit board that Esteban was really going for it. That sent my pulse rate up, but I kept my concentration through to the finish. After my second places at Barcelona and Zolder I discovered in Budapest that the winner gets a real champagne soaking from the other guys. You can't imagine how much it stings your eyes."
2nd place Esteban Gutierrez (MX/Josef Kaufmann Racing):
"I learnt a lot this weekend. The racing accident I had with Adrien on Saturday meant I didn't get any points and had to make sure I was well prepared mentally for the next race. It worked out; I managed to finish second and know that many drivers would have gladly been in my place on the podium. It's therefore not only wins that represent success for me. It is these kinds of experiences that take you forward."
3rd place Marco Wittmann (DE/Josef Kaufmann Racing): "All in all, I was hoping for more from this weekend, especially after I qualified with two front-row places on the grid. Overtaking is not easy on this circuit as a rule - you really have to be very close to pull it off. I'm trying to look forward now. The street circuit in Valencia will be new for all the drivers. Our only knowledge of it is from a plan of the track and videos. We'll be starting from fresh all over again."
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