Nasr Takes Win and Christensen Second. Nurburgring, 12 July 2009. The Formula BMW Europe competitors experienced their first wet racing conditions today in Germany after the heavens opened shortly before their second race of the ...
Nasr Takes Win and Christensen Second.
Nurburgring, 12 July 2009. The Formula BMW Europe competitors experienced their first wet racing conditions today in Germany after the heavens opened shortly before their second race of the Nurburgring weekend. However, this did not stop the progress of championship front runners, Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational) and Michael Christensen (DK/Mu cke Motorsport), who came first and second, while third was William Buller (GB/Fortec Motorsport).
Due to the dangerous conditions the cars had to follow the Safety Car for the first two laps, so the action didn't really start untl it pulled off. Once racing started the first competitor to get caught out by the treacherous conditions was Gregoire Demoustier (FR/Ra ikkonen Robertson Racing). However, the same didn't happen to Nasr who led the field from Buller and Christensen. These three, along with Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational) and Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing), pulled away from the rest of the field. As Nasr put in fastest lap after fastest lap he increased his lead by an average of about a second a lap, so when the chequered flag came out he was over eight seconds ahead of Christensen, who had passed Buller on lap nine.
The race was not incident free with collisions between Kazeem Manzur (GB/Josef Kaufmann Racing) and David Mengesdorf (DE/Eifelland Racing) on lap three and Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsport) and Javier Tarancon (ES/DAMS) on lap seven.
Frijns was quickest Rookie again, while a couple of places behind him was Olivier Lombard (FR/Eurointernational). The Frenchman was having a good run to second in the Rookie Cup, matching his previous best result in this class from Zandvoort.
While Nasr had worked hard on the track, it was his team who had worked hard off it. After his problems in race one they had worked until 1am this morning and then returned to the track at 5am. They had changed the engines on both cars of Nasr and Juncadella and so first and fourth was a fitting reward for the hard work.
1st - Round 8: Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational): "I am very happy as I had a really great race. This is what I was hoping for from the weekend. I made a very good start and just kept putting in good laps to take the win. The conditions were very tricky and the best way to drive was to be very consistent. I was very calm and relaxed and doing my job."
2nd - Round 8: Michael Christensen (DK/Mu cke Motorsport): "I think it was a good decision to start behind the Safety Car, as it would have been very exciting in the first corner without it. I just tried to keep the others behind me at the start while following the front guys. In the end I managed to make it up to William Buller and take second from him. Nasr was too fast for me today and it is difficult when there are drivers in between us. I am satisfied with the result as it was good to be on the podium. I knew Buller was faster than me in the last sector, so I just tried to do that sector well and got close to him and made a move in the fifth corner."
3rd - Round 8: William Buller (GB/Fortec Motorsport): "Yesterday I started third and struggled a bit as the rear tyres went off and I slipped back. Today the track was very slippery, but you just had to be consistent and every lap was within a second.Michael Christensen was really fast, but I felt there was no point defending hard at that point with two laps to go, as I didn't want to go off. I wanted to get some points on the board. It is great to be up there and the team did a great job so thanks to them".
7th - Round 8 and 2nd Rookie: Olivier Lombard (FR/Eurointernational): "I think it was one of my best races. Today was my first race in the rain, so the result was great and the car was really good. I tried to keep in touch with Rupert Svensden-Cook in front of me, but it was a bit risky to try to overtake him and so I decided not to take a risk and get a result."
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