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Bakkerud puts up a good F16 fight

Bakkerud puts up a good F16 fight Flyvestation Karup, Denmark After a long wait, the day had finally come when Danish GP2 racer Christian Bakkerud had the unusual and fantastic opportunity to show off his Super Nova prepared GP2 race car...

Bakkerud puts up a good F16 fight

Flyvestation Karup, Denmark

After a long wait, the day had finally come when Danish GP2 racer Christian Bakkerud had the unusual and fantastic opportunity to show off his Super Nova prepared GP2 race car against an F16 Fighter Jet at Karup Air Force base on Jutland in Denmark. Yesterday, Sunday June 8, the Danish weather blessed the occasion with hot sunny conditions, Christian and his team met the estimated 75,000 guests and spectators from all over Denmark before the high-light of the day at 13:00hrs.

A happy Christian spoke after the event - "The build up to the event was just awesome! It's hard to describe in words the day and weekend we experienced but I'm sure I'm speaking for both myself and my team when I say that the guys at Karup Air Force base and especially Soren Jessing who was our main contact made us feel enormously welcome and took care of all details perfectly. We just couldn't have asked for more and we will always remember this very special weekend."

"The whole day up until the race was busy speaking to all of the people who had turned up to see the Air Show and we met lots and lots of enthusiastic and great people which I hope we now have added to our motorsport fan base! As we were getting ready to go it was just flooded with spectators around the runways where it was all taking place but as time drew nearer we were told the schedule was slightly delayed. At this point I was already in my car with the engine running and with my Engineer, Patrick Coorey, in the air traffic control tower co-ordinating with me via my radio and our movements in the car with that of the fighter jet pilot's. As the engine temperature slowly went up he had to ask me to drive around to try and keep the engine temperature down and we all started to get a bit tense. We certainly didn't want it all to go pear-shaped so close to the show down! Afterwards I was told that another 5-6 seconds and my engine would have over-heated and died and that would have been a very disappointing finish for sure... But as it transpired, it all went beautifully to plan and as we suspected, right at the last tenth of a second, the plane caught up and finished ever so slightly ahead of me but it wasn't a clear win and I'm pleased about that!! My top speed at the finish line was 300 k/h and the F16's speed was 450 k/h so you can see that I got away quicker at the start and it's not every day you see an F16 Fighter Jet in your rear mirrors!!"

"After the race, Danish F16 fighter pilot Nick Kenneth Hansen, flew low next to me and we showed the spectators these two fantastic machines together in a drive/fly past. Now I'm looking forward to see the TV footage myself! So, a big thank you to all you Danes who turned up on the day despite the heat, to all personnel at the show, Soren Jessing and of course to my pilot "colleague" Nick, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and I hope to see you all again sometime soon!"

-credit: bakkerud.dk

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Series GP2
Drivers Christian Bakkerud