IFM: JD Motorsport, ISR Oschersleben race notes

Victory and second place for Van der Drift at Oschersleben Victory and a second place in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben were the best season results so far for Chris van der Drift (JD Motorsport) in the International Formula Master. On ...

Victory and second place for Van der Drift at Oschersleben

Victory and a second place in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben were the best season results so far for Chris van der Drift (JD Motorsport) in the International Formula Master. On Saturday, the Dutch Racingpool driver crossed the finish line in second place. On Sunday, his second victory of the year was the reward for a strong race with a lot of overtaking manoeuvres. Nick de Bruijn (ISR) finished eleventh on Saturday and retired early on Sunday.

Race 1: Having started from pole position, Chris van der Drift immediately took the lead in spite of heavy attacks by Italian Massimo Puglisi. While Van der Drift initially succeeded in defending his position, Belgian Jer0x00f4me d'Ambrosio overtook Puglisi on lap eleven in the battle for second place. After that, the Belgian started his hunt for Van der Drift and made his first attempt three laps later. The Dutchman turned down this first attack, but on lap 16, D'Ambrosio was successful. Van der Drift came home in second place behind the Belgian. Nick de Bruijn's race was relatively uneventful. After problems in qualifying, he started 14th. He managed to make up a couple of places and was classified eleventh.

Chris van der Drift: "I couldn't keep D'Ambrosio behind me, he was just much faster. But I am happy with second place. After all the problems I had in the past few races finally on the podium again!"

Chris van der Drift: "I couldn't keep D'Ambrosio behind me, he was just much faster. But I am happy with second place. After all the problems I had in the past few races finally on the podium again!"

Race 2: A great race with a lot of catching up brought Chris van der Drift his second season victory in the category. Having started seventh, the Dutchman gradually made his way up throughout the 28 lap race. On the first lap already, he won two places. On lap ten, he overtook Puglisi in the battle for fourth. After that, he worked his way past Ragues and Bonanomi and on lap 16, Van der Drift had the benefit of a good slipstream to overtake the erstwhile race leader Persiani. After that, he drove victory home. Nick de Bruijn was handicapped by lack of engine power and therefore was hardly able to improve his position. At the start, he still won two places, but after that he could do no more. A collision in the closing stages of the race forced him to retire.

Chris van der Drift: "After yesterday's race we have made some changes on the car and that worked out great. After Persiani made a mistake in the Shell-Esses, I was able to close the gap and then overtake him. In the championship, there are still 40 points at stake, anything can happen."

Nick de Bruijn: "In warm-up, I already found out that there were problems with the engine. Just before the start, I suddenly lost all the pressure and on the straights, I had a lack of power. Like that, there was no way for me to attack. When a driver suddenly braked in front of me in the closing stages of the race, I couldn't avoid the collision."

-credit: jdm/isr

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