IFM: Brno race notes

Two podium finishes for Van der Drift as De Bruijn hits trouble Chris van der Drift scored two podium finishes in the fifth and sixth season round of the International Formula Master at the 5.4 kilometres long circuit of Brno in the Czech ...

Two podium finishes for Van der Drift as De Bruijn hits trouble

Chris van der Drift scored two podium finishes in the fifth and sixth season round of the International Formula Master at the 5.4 kilometres long circuit of Brno in the Czech Republic. The driver of the Italian team, JD Motorsport, finished third in both races. His fellow Dutchman Nick de Bruijn (ADM Motorsport) finished 21st in the first race and retired from the second race after a great recovery due to engine failure.

Race 1: At the start, Chris van der Drift defended his second place and was able to maintain this position during the first half of the race. However, from the fifth of 13 laps onwards, the performance of his engine decreased and thus he was forced to let the eventual winner, Belgian Jerome d'Ambrosio, and German Maxi Gotz past. After that, he crossed the finish line in third place. Nick de Bruijn, who was only 24th on the starting grid following a range of technical problems in qualifying, was classified 21st.

Chris van der Drift: "Unfortunately, I wasn't able to keep my position as the power of my engine decreased. But still, I scored some valuable points again."

Nick de Bruijn: "In qualifying, my team-mates and myself all had to cope with massive technical problems. After starting from 24th place, there wasn't much I could do in the race."

Race 2: After an excellent start, Chris van der Drift moved up from sixth into third place. De Bruijn, who had started 21st, was already in 15th place after three laps and moved up into ninth after another two laps. After that, however, his progress was stopped as his engine blew. The safety car came out after several drivers had gone off. At the re-start, Van der Drift took second place, but shortly after that, he had to let the eventual winner, Jerome d'Ambrosio past. Thus, he finished third again.

Chris van der Drift: "My start was very good and at the re-start after the safety car period, I could move up into second place. However, I had to let Jerome d'Ambrosio past."

Nick de Bruijn: "What shall I say? I had a great recovery, but then the technology failed again. I really can't believe it."

-credit: ifm

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Jérôme d'Ambrosio , Chris van der Drift , Nick de Bruijn