Monte Carlo, Monaco
The count-down has already started for what is going to be one of the most exciting events in Christian Bakkerud's career to date. Not long ago, Christian received a very special and unusual invitation from the Danish Air Force to attend their annual "Flyvestation Karup Air Show" in his home country of Denmark. By accepting this invitation Christian will become the first driver, not only in the history of GP2 but also in Danish history to race an F16 fighter jet plane.
The race has been set up as a drag race between the GP2 car and the F16 Fighter jet over the length of the Karup runway which they will be using which is exactly 1001 meters. The event is taking place at the Karup Air Force base on Sunday 8th June and the very popular Karup Air Show attracts up to 100,000 spectators each year with the entry free of charge.
A very excited Christian speaking from the paddock in Monaco said -
"It's like all of my Christmases has come at once!! This Air Show is an enormous event in Denmark and I'm over the moon to have been asked to take part in the race against the F16 Fighter jet plane. Since this is the first time it's ever been done, both from a GP2 aspect but also for the Danish Air Force, all the guys involved have worked hard to make sure all calculations and details are perfect so that everything runs smoothly on the day. I think it's every young guy's dream to get up close with aeroplanes of this calibre and my dream is certainly coming true and this is an event I am counting down the days to!"
Today was also Christian's come-back in the GP2 car cockpit after having not attended the last race weekend in Turkey to make sure he could fully recover after his back injury dating back to the final round of the GP2 Asia series in Dubai. Having undergone extensive treatment and training in Austria, Christian is very nearly fully recovered now and only needs some injections each day around the problematic spine area to relax his muscles and prevent further problems.
Having qualified on the 7th row of the starting grid today, Christian commented on his sessions:-- "Although it might not look like it, I feel that I have taken a step forward today. Even though I missed out on one race weekend the pace was there straight away and I feel very confident for this weekend. Obviously I hope that I don't get involved in any accidents as there were many incidents in the qualifying session today and I don't think I'm the only one having missed out on improving my lap times towards the end. But that's life and I'm now aiming for an 8th place in tomorrow's race to put myself on pole position on Saturday afternoon for race two.