Formula BMW ADAC Championship Round 07: Motopark Oschersleben (August 06-08 2004) Podium Finish For Chris van der Drift at Motopark Oschersleben Oschersleben -- Two fine races of Chris van derDrift this weekend at Motopark Oschersleben ...
Formula BMW ADAC Championship
Round 07: Motopark Oschersleben (August 06-08 2004)
Podium Finish For Chris van der Drift at Motopark Oschersleben
Oschersleben -- Two fine races of Chris van derDrift this weekend at Motopark Oschersleben (Germany) were awarded with a podiumfinish in Race 02 on Sunday. After having already clinched four third-place-finishes (twice at Hockenheim and twice at the Norisring) the Dutch' New-Zealander proved again he is the best rookie among the 12 debutants in this strong competition of 27 contenders in total.
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Because of an overnight engine change, Saturday's qualifying session didn't bring the desired result. After 'Vandy' had ran a few short stints in order to 'warm up' his new engine, he qualified himself respectively in ninth and fifth position on the grid for both races over 14 laps. In the first race on Saturday afternoon Van der Drift drove an astonishing racepace in order to climb up to fifth at the finish, after even being pushed on the grass while overtaking fellow-rookie Adrian Zaugg.
The second race on Sunday morning even got a better outcome. Having started from fifth on the grid on the 3.667 kilometer long track near Magdeburg, the Kiwi driver was lucky not to get involved in a first corner pile-up. During the race Van der Drift succesfully challe nged the drivers ahead of him, in order to finish third for the fifth time this season.
In the Formula BMW ADAC Rookie Cup 2004 Van der Drifts still leads the pack with 222 points. In the regular Championship standings the multiple go-kart champion from Down Under is still in fourth position.
Van der Drift: "Fantastic to get on the podium once more. This weekend I drove two fine races which saw me gathering a lot of important points for both championships. At my 'homerace' in Zandvoort next month I'll definitely try to climb up one or hopefully two steps up at the podium!"
<pre> RESULTS RACE 01: 01. Sebastian Vettel (GER) ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg 20:52.329 02. Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Lars Kaufmann Motorsport + 04.041s 03. Atila Abreu (BRA) ADAC Mittelrhein + 04.355s 05. CHRIS VAN DER DRIFT (NL/NZL) TEAM ROSBERG + 14.286s
RESULTS RACE 02: 01. Sebastian Vettel (GER) ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg 19:34.874 02. Atila Abreu (BRA) ADAC Mittelrhein + 07.536s 03. CHRIS VAN DER DRIFT (NL/NZL) TEAM ROSBERG + 08.736s