Weekend Full Ups and Downs for Chris van der Drift Klettwitz -- During the fourth round of the Formula BMW ADAC Championship Series this weekend at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Chris van der Drift didn't have the luck on his side. Both a top three...
Weekend Full Ups and Downs for Chris van der Drift
Klettwitz -- During the fourth round of the Formula BMW ADAC Championship Series this weekend at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Chris van der Drift didn't have the luck on his side. Both a top three qualifier and a fourth place in the second race were taken away from him by the stewards of the meeting, due to unnoticed signals which were given by the race-directors.
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The weekend at the 4.534 kilometer long track in former East Germany, looks to start off good at first, when the 12-times go-kart champion qualifies himself in third position for both races. His third grid position for Race 01 however is taken away from him not much later as it comes out that Vandy (among 25 other drivers) has set his personal best laptime during a yellow flag situation on the circuit. In the 12 lap race on Saturday afternoon, Van der drift shows again his skills by overtaking six drivers which sees him climb up to a respectable 6th position at the finish.
Race 02 also doesn't deliver the result which Kiwi hoped for. When the telemetry of the race-directors show that Van der Drift made a jumpstart, he is being called in for a stop-and-go penalty. Vandy, who at that moment is in a tough fight with Brazilian driver Atila Abreu for third, misses the pitbord and therefore is being disqualified after the race.
Van der Drift: "It's extremely annoying that I missed out on two good results because of mistakes of my own. As much as I regret the situation, this is a part of my learning curve. If I look back in a more positive way, than I have to say that I'm very happy we were pretty competitive here all weekend. At the next event (Norisring, June 25-27) I'll definitely try to put things back in the right place!"