EU 2.0: Nurburgring: Bart Hylkema weekend summery

BART HYLKEMA TAKES FORMULA RENAULT 2.0 PODIUM AT THE NURBURGRING! NURBURG, 21 SEPTEMBER 2009 - In the seventh round of the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 Bart Hylkema scored another podium finish! After finishing ninth in the first...

BART HYLKEMA TAKES FORMULA RENAULT 2.0 PODIUM AT THE NURBURGRING!

NURBURG, 21 SEPTEMBER 2009 - In the seventh round of the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 Bart Hylkema scored another podium finish! After finishing ninth in the first race on Sunday morning the Dutchman scored his best result in the afternoon at the Nurburgring. With an excellent third place in the final race the 19-year old driver added 20 points to his total. In an eventful weekend he also made his debut in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. A sublime performance in his race in the stronger series earned him a twelfth place finish on Saturday. In the final race he managed to fight his way forward again. A puncture threw him back to a place at the back of the field.

FREE PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING

Together with his Motopark Academy team Hylkema used the free practice sessions on Friday to fine-tune his driving style and the car setup for the technically challenging 5.148 meters long circuit in the German Eifel. In perfect weather Hylkema improved himself and his car all the time and then continued into the qualifying sessions of both the Eurocup as the NEC with healthy expectations. In the Eurocup qualifying on Saturday morning Hylkema had to give it all. With the aim of reaching the Superpole session the driver with starting number 60 went out for a good result.

He was able to keep on his feet in the fight of 27 young talents and qualified himself for Superpole. A mistake by the team to send him out in the early stages, while the rest of the Motopark team went out almost a lap later, meant Hylkema got stuck in traffic and had a big influence on the remainder of his weekend. He had to put up with 20th place on the grid for both Eurocup races. The NEC qualifying session on Saturday afternoon was almost a copy of the Eurocup qualifying. Hylkema was sent out on the wrong moment and got stuck in traffic again when his teammates went out. The Dutchman was unable to get any further than position fifteen.

EUROCUP + NEC FORMULA RENAULT 2.0 RACES

There wasn't much time to be disappointed as the first race of the Eurocup was scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Hylkema had a good start from P20 and was able to pass several opponents on the opening lap. After fourteen hard fought laps the rookie finished in a decent twelfth place. On Sunday he had a mega start and had passed eight drivers before steering into turn one. The success was short-lived however when his teammate hit him from behind. With a flat tyre Hylkema was able to get back into the pit, but a decent finish had gone up in smoke. He finished his Eurocup adventure at the back of the field.

With two NEC races still to go Hylkema went for it on Sunday. On a damp track Hylkema had a great start from fifteenth place and soon he was in the top ten. Hylkema was on course to secure eighth place for a long time. This result would have given him pole position for the second race. Unfortunately Hylkema was given team orders to let his teammate Antonio Felix da Costa pass him, which meant he had to be content with ninth place. The start of the final NEC race was a chaotic one when Luis Derani stalled his car and Kuba Giermaziak crashed into him. After the safety car period Hylkema had a clean start and was able to pass Kevin Magnussen. Hylkema than took advantage of the fighting duo Daniel de Jong and Toomas Heikkinen by out braking them before the chicane.

When Kevin Korjus also saw Hylkema pass him the Dutchman had moved up into third place. Hylkema increased the pressure on Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. They hit each other but were able to continue. In the final stages of the 11 laps long race Heikkinen closed in on Hylkema. Hylkema kept the door shut though and claimed an excellent podium finish!

BART HYLKEMA: "I am really positive and happy when I look back at the weekend. After the free practice sessions, qualifying, Superpole and four races I ended the weekend with a great podium finish! I also made my Eurocup debut. I immediately felt that you had to fight for every inch in this series, because most drivers are very well matched. Luckily I was able to maintain myself in the European field. This gives me a lot of hope and motivation for the final races of the season at Spa-Francorchamps!"

-credit: insightf1

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Adrian Quaife-Hobbs , Kevin Magnussen , Bart Hylkema , Kevin Korjus , Toomas Heikkinen , Jakub Giermaziak