Neck and Neck Battle as Series Heads to the Nurburgring. Munich. While the battle at the head of the points' table for Formula BMW Europe couldn't get any closer with one point separating Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational) and Michael...
Neck and Neck Battle as Series Heads to the Nurburgring.
Munich. While the battle at the head of the points' table for Formula BMW Europe couldn't get any closer with one point separating Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational) and Michael Christensen (DK/Mucke Motorsport), it will be doing well in front of his home fans at the Nurburgring that is on the mind of the only German driver in the series, David Mengesdorf (DE/Eifelland Racing)
This is a new venue for the series, as the German Grand Prix alternates between the track in the Eifell mountains and Hockenheim, where it was last year. Hockenheim just happens to be Mendesdorf's favourite track, but the 18-year-old from Munich is not disappointed to be going to this iconic circuit. His comment ahead of his home race was: "I am driving my very first race at the Nurburgring in my home country and I am very happy about this. We had two days of official testing and I found the circuit very fast, but also with some slow corners. It is possible to overtake so I think this will be a very good track for us in Formula BMW."
Mengesdorf, who was second in the 2008 Rookie Cup, is not the only driver to have cited Hockenheim as his favourite circuit. Also a big fan of the track is Timmy Hansen (SE/Mucke Motorsport), who had his first Rooki e win in Silverstone. Meanwhile, though Jazeman Jaafar (MY/Eifelland Racing) prefers the Valencia track, the home of the Formula BMW Racing Center, he had a good race in Hockenheim last year and is a fan of the Nurburgring. He had some interesting comments on the track: "I really enjoyed the track when we tested there. It has a lot of fast corners and you need a lot of balls to push in some of them! This is my second year in the series and I have learnt a lot from testing and the first few races. The level of competitiveness is really high this year compared to last year and it is going to be tough, but it is going to be good."
The tally to date in the series after the first six rounds is two wins each for Nasr and Christensen, and one each for the Rookies, Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsport).
The current Nurburgring is 5.148 kilometres long, and this will be the 38th Grand Prix there. The Formula BMW Europe drivers will go out onto the track for the first time on Friday for free practice from 12.50 to 13.15, followed by qualifying later that day from 17.50 to 18.15. On Saturday the first of the two 11 lap races will start at 17.40, while the second race on Sunday will be at 09.20. All times are local CET.