FIRST CORNER HOCKENHEIM WINS IT FROM MUERMANS HOCKENHEIM, 30 APRIL 2006 -- The second race event of the German Formula 3 championship is one to forget quickly for Dominick Muermans. In both races it went wrongly in turn one. After the start of...
FIRST CORNER HOCKENHEIM WINS IT FROM MUERMANS
HOCKENHEIM, 30 APRIL 2006 -- The second race event of the German Formula 3 championship is one to forget quickly for Dominick Muermans. In both races it went wrongly in turn one. After the start of the first race on Saturday he was hit by another competitor, but was able to continue his race. Unfortunately the Van Amersfoort Racing driver had to retire in the final lap with a broken gearbox. The second race ended very early when he collided with Cyndie Allemann and damaged his suspension. Due to both retirements Muermans wasn't able to score any points this weekend.
Dominick Muermans' preparation for the race weekend in Hockenheim wasn't how it's supposed to be, as the bachelor graphics design student had to skip the Thursday Free Practice because of an important exam. Muermans had to start Friday's qualifyingsession without having driven one single lap this week at the 4.573 kilometre long Hockenheim track and recorded the sixteenth and eleventh positions respectively for the first and second race.
After having driven only two race laps in Oschersleben, the start of the first race also didn't ended on a high. Having started from the sixteenth position on the grid he was hit by a driver behind him and spun, which costed him many positions. From the tail of the 29-car Formula 3 field he drove his way through the field to the eighteenth position, but had to retire the race in the final lap due to a gearbox failure.
The second race of the German Formula 3 event in Hockenheim was already over in turn one of the first lap. He collided with Cyndie Allemann and damaged his suspension, which forced him to retire on the spot.
"Because of my exams last Thursday, I drove the car for the first time during qualifying. Given the little tracktime I had, I think sixteenth en eleventh is not too bad at all. I had a reasonable start, but was hit from behind in the first corner and spun. After that I had to fight for positions, something I haven't done for a while. At the end of the race my gearbox gave more and more problems until it broke in the final lap. My second race I started very good and took already one position before the first corner, but was hit by Cyndie Allemann. She was right next to me on the outside of turn one and we both didn't wanted to give up our position. My right rear suspension got damaged, what ended my race. It's a shame."