Nick de Bruijn hoped for more success at Anderstorp
ANDERSTORP, 29 JULY 2007 -- Nick de Bruijn experienced no luck in the fifth race weekend of the International Formula Master in Sweden. At the Anderstorp circuit, the driver from Vlaardingen suffered two punctures in the first race and had to retire. Having started from the back of the grid, the twenty year-old passed fifteen drivers in the opening lap but as a result of the tyre pressures being too low, the car was difficult to drive and twelfth place was the best de Bruijn could manage.
Under variable weather conditions in the two practice sessions on Friday de Bruijn was unable to achieve a top ten position. However, the ISR driver made good progress in qualifying and secured ninth on the starting grid with his 250 hp strong Formula Master car.
De Bruijn experienced a good start and made up one place immediately. After the first lap he was in seventh position and possessed enough speed to gain more places. Unfortunately the talented driver was forced by another competitor to hit the curb-stones hard, where the Dutchman suffered two punctures. Because de Bruijn could not complete the race, he had to start the second race on Sunday from the back of the grid. Again he had an excellent start and made up fifteen places in wet track conditions. Still suffering from problems with what seemed to be the wrong tyre pressures, de Bruijn was unable to make up any additional places. He crossed the finish line twelfth.
Nick de Bruijn: "This was a very disappointing weekend. In lap one of the first race I made up two places but when I was forced off by another driver, two tyres punctured and my race was over. At the start of the second race, my view was totally gone because of the spray but everybody was taking it carefully, while I passed many drivers. As a result of the wrong tyre pressure, the car was difficult to drive and I lost a lot of time. Hopefully I'll have more success in Oschersleben."
Next race weekend for Nick de Bruijn is 29 July for the ninth and tenth round of the International Formula Master in Anderstorp, Sweden.