SECOND PODIUMFINISH FOR FLYING DUTCHMAN! HOCKENHEIM, APRIL 30 2006 - Also in the second racemeeting of the German Recaro F3 Cup, rookie driver Renger van der Zande tasted champagne after finishing on the podium this weekend in Hockenheim! With...
SECOND PODIUMFINISH FOR FLYING DUTCHMAN!
HOCKENHEIM, APRIL 30 2006 - Also in the second racemeeting of the German Recaro F3 Cup, rookie driver Renger van der Zande tasted champagne after finishing on the podium this weekend in Hockenheim! With this result Van der Zande clearly demonstrated he is on advance in this highly rated series. After a well deserved second place in the season opener at Oschersleben last week, the reigning Dutch Formula Renault 2000 champion proved today that this result was not a one-off. By enjoying a perfect start, charging hard but being thoughtful, the Q-Dance driver claimed a promising third position behind racewinner Nico Hülkenberg and the more experienced Ferdinand Kool. A quite impressive performance from Van der Zande in this 30 car strong field!
Whereas on Saturday there was still a threat of rain falling down, today there no signs of eventual showers hitting the 4.574 kilometer long track. Having started on from P4 on the grid, SMS Seyffarth Motorsport's first driver took over third place from fellow countryman Récardo Bruins already in the first lap. That his Dallara HWA Mercedes also felt at home at the German tarmac was proven by the series of fast laptimes Renger set halfway the race, which was ofcourse cheered by his personal sponsor Go Fast! Though van der Zande kept the pressure up on Kool in the remaining laps, the young student stayed cool, took no unnecessary risks and decided to be satisfied with third spot for this moment. A perfect mix between punacity and wisdom! Renger van der Zande is now second in the Rookie standings with only a few points behind Englishman Joey Foster.
Teamowner Rüdinger Seyffarth showed himself more than satisfied after the 16 lap race was finished: "These first few races were originally ment to be of some kind of practise for Renger to get used to this series and the car. But I think I do not have to point out that Renger is doing a remarkable job already. The team is moving forward every day, so we look forward to enjoying more celebrations in the upcoming races this year."
RENGER VAN DER ZANDE: "There is no reason not to be satisfied about our results so far, though I stay eager to achieve more soon. This track was new to me, the Free Practises were washed out by the rain, but we still managed to get the max out of both races. Together with my teammate Cyndie Allemann I make a good team. In the next two weeks before the next race at the Eurospeedway Lausitz I will stay in close contact with my engineer Ralf Flachbarth to finetune the car. Next to this me and my trainer Ger Peters will push hard on my fitness so that I can go flat-out untill the last second at Lausitz again."