Disappointment for Van der Drift and De Bruijn in Sweden Not much to tell: twelfth place in the second race for Nick de Bruijn was the only countable result for the two Racingpool-drivers Chris van der Drift (JD Motorsport) and Nick de Bruijn ...
Disappointment for Van der Drift and De Bruijn in Sweden
Not much to tell: twelfth place in the second race for Nick de Bruijn was the only countable result for the two Racingpool-drivers Chris van der Drift (JD Motorsport) and Nick de Bruijn (ISR) in the fifth race weekend of the International Formula Master at the former Grand Prix circuit of Anderstorp in Sweden. In the first race, the two were eliminated one lap after each other by the same driver at the same place. Van der Drift retired from the second race with technical failure. After qualifying with third place for Van der Drift and ninth position for De Bruijn, the two still had justified hopes for a good race result.
Race 1: After a good start, Chris van der Drift was already fourth after three corners while Nick de Bruijn was seventh. A little bit further into the first lap, however, Van der Drift came off the track after Italian Frankie Provenzano had pushed him off in an overtaking manoeuvre. Only one lap later, De Bruijn suffered from the same fate, and at the very same place at that: he, too, was pushed off by Provenzano. Thus, the race was already over for both drivers after two laps.
Chris van der Drift: "That move was completely incorrect. And then the same with Nick one lap later."
Nick de Bruijn: "I will better say nothing about that."
Race 2: Van der Drift, who started 29th and last on the grid following his retirement from the day before, was already 15th after the first lap. A safety-car-phase briefly interrupted his recovery and later on he retired because of a technical problem. Nick de Bruijn was classified twelfth.
Chris van der Drift: "I could make up many places, but when the car of Swiss Nicolas Maulini spun in front of me, he took me with him. Later, we found out that the gears of my car didn't work properly."
Nick de Bruijn: "At least I made it to the finish. Otherwise there isn't much to report. Hopefully, things will be going better at Oschersleben at the end of August. I already know that circuit very well."