Pla Makes It Four In A Row. Spa-Francorchamps, 30 August 2009. After eight action packed laps it was Jim Pla (FR/DAMS) who won his second Formula BMW Europe race in Spa- Francorchamps with Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational) again taking ...
Pla Makes It Four In A Row.
Spa-Francorchamps, 30 August 2009. After eight action packed laps it was Jim Pla (FR/DAMS) who won his second Formula BMW Europe race in Spa- Francorchamps with Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational) again taking the chequered flag just behind him. This time they were joined on the podium by Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational) while Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing) was the top Rookie after moving up from 14th on the grid to fifth.
Nasr didn't make a brilliant start from pole and there was a big gaggle going into La Source. As the cars came out of this and went down to Eau Rouge it was Michael Christensen (DK/Mu cke Motorsport) leading from Nasr and Pla. However, by the end of the lap it was Nasr leading by 0.2secs from Pla with Doru Sechelariu (RO/Eifelland Racing) up to third and Christensen fourth. At this point Olivier Lombard (FR/Eurointernational) was the top Rookie in sixth, while Frijns had in fact dropped back two places to 16th. Bringing up the rear was Javier Tarancon (ES/DAMS) after a costly spin.
On lap two Pla took the lead from Nasr and Christensen overtook Sechelariu for third. The top three stayed this way right to the chequered flag, although Christensen is still running under appeal so was not classified.
The action on lap three saw Timmy Hansen (SE/Mu cke Motorsport) spin off after contact with William Buller (GB/Fortec Motorsport) and Jazeman Jaafar (MA/Eifelland Racing) lose three places after spinning off.Then on lap four Buller was in the wars again as he was hit from behind going into La Source by Jack Te Braak (NL/Mu cke Motorsport) although he was able to continue while the Dutch driver retired.
On lap five the big crash of the race happend when Sechelariu and Cô me Ledogar (FR/DAMS) collided on the straight halfway to Les Combes while fighting for fourth. Both cars crashed heavily into the wall and this allowed Juncadella, who admitted he was worried where the cars would end up, into that position.
At the end of lap six Pla had a 1.6 sec lead, but Christensen was just 0.2 secs behind Nasr. It was his chance to make a move on the Brazilian, but Nasr defended and, despite a heart stopping moment when it looked as if the cars had touched, the move did not come off. In the end Pla could pull away while the racing went on behind him and came home 2.4 secs in the lead. Meanwhile another mover up the field was Ollie Millroy (GB/Ra ikkonen
Robertson Racing) who on his return to the series moved up from 15th on the grid to sixth.
1st - Round 14: Jim Pla (FR/DAMS): "I have had a very good weekend here with two wins, I had a very good weekend in Valencia and I hope to have the same in Monza. I made a good start, but Felipe Nasr didn't. I saw him trying to overtake Michael Christensen and pushed to overtake as well. I think we did a good job together. I could not get by Nasr in the same place as I did Christensen yesterday, but got by him soon afterwards. At first it was difficult as Nasr was just behind me, but when I saw Christensen had caught up to him it was good for me. The team has done a great job for me."
2nd - Round 14: Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational): "It was not the perfect result, but good for the championship as I finished in front of Michael Christensen again. It wasn't my best start again, but sometimes you make mistakes. However, I think I drove a better race than yesterday. I wasn't able to pass Jim Pla as he was very fast, but was able to defend against Christensen. Pla overtook me just after Eau Rouge and it was a good pass. When Christensen tried to overtake me I just kept my line. "
3rd - Round 14: Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational): "The race was quite good. I focused on doing a good start and also on being on the podium. I made a good start and managed to be in fifth after the first lap, but Doru Sechelariu was fighting hard, I had a small crash with him and I thought my wing was bent as I had a lot of understeer. Then I saw him touch with Cô me Ledogar as they were fighting quite hard. I stayed behind Ledogar and then I got up to third."
5th and Top Rookie - Round 14: Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing): "First of all I got the worst start of my career as I lost two positions. After one lap eveything settled and I was in an overtaking mode. I followed Jack Harvey, who is hard to overtake, a good driver and I like to drive against him, but he helped me as well as he pushed me on the straight to gain on the group ahead of us. So thanks for that. I was pretty fast and if you have that it is easy to overtake. I was planning to getting sixth or seventh so fifth is okay."
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