Drive Through penalty instead of victory at Pau
ADM Motorsport driver Nick de Brujin was close to victory in Sunday's International Formula Master race in the streets of Pau. But instead of winner's champagne the former European kart champion received a drive through penalty for overtaking before the start-finish-line following a tricky re-start situation. Dominik Schraml (9th) showed a strong race with some breath-taking some overtaking manouvres while Frankie Provenzano finished 14th. And last but not least Michele Caliendo has fortunately not broken but strained his thumb in yesterdays accident and should be recovered until the next championship round at Brno.
Renato Melchioretto (Team Principal): "Basically we can be happy with the progress we have made, as under normal circumstances we should have finished first and 8th. After Nick (de Brujin) took the lead it was not clear for me, that he had overtaken the two cars in front of him before the start-finish-line. Anyway, these are the rools that we have to accept and I am sure, his next chance will arrive very soon. His speed was impressive and so was the race of Dominik (Schraml), who had a very good start and showed some good overtaking. Frankie Provenzano finished his race in 14th position, starting from the back of the grid but at least he was clever enough to avoid any collisions."
Nick de Brujin (12th place): "To be honest with you, I was quite shocked by this penalty, because for me it wasn't clear at all, that I had done something wrong. From a drivers point of view it was a very difficult situation, as there are several lines within a hundred metres that look like the start-finish-line. But I don't want to take that as an excuse. Apart from the fact that I had some shifting problems, the car was exceptionally quick and I am sure, we will soon get the results, we deserve."
Dominik Schraml (9th place): "Overall, there is no reason to be unhappy with this result, even though I was finally not able to defend my 8th place. My start was extremely good and I managed to find my way through the field, which was extremely important for my self confidence. In the last few laps my engine started loosing power, so I could do nothing against Cantellis attack. Nevertheless, I do have a much better feeling know and look forward to the upcoming races."
Frankie Provenzano (14th): "This race was more or less a test for me in preperation for the next race at Brno in two weeks. I was on old tyres and not pushing extremely hard, so at the end I was positively surprized with my lap times. It is quite obvious that we have made a huge step forward and even if I didn't end up in the points I want to thank Renato and the entire team for their efforts. I am happy and confident for Brno."