Podium finish for Nick de Bruijn in only his second motorsport weekend! Klettwitz, May 01 2005 -- Nick de Bruijn has finished today's fourth round of the 2005 Formula BMW ADAC Championship in a strong second position. De Bruijn, who started from...
Podium finish for Nick de Bruijn in only his second motorsport weekend!
Klettwitz, May 01 2005 -- Nick de Bruijn has finished today's fourth round of the 2005 Formula BMW ADAC Championship in a strong second position. De Bruijn, who started from pole position, only had to let pass his teammate Nico Hulkenberg at the start and retained his second position easily throughout the 15-lap race. Also in the first race at the 3,442 kilometer long track near Berlin, the rookie of Josef Kaufmann Racing impressed with a fourth spot on Saturday. Due to his good performance this weekend, De Bruijn has climbed up to third in the current championship standings.
As a class for young and upcoming talented drivers, the Formula BMW ADAC proved to be a passport to success over the last couple of years. Formula One (test)drivers among whom Ralf Schumacher, Christian Klien, Timo Glock and most recently also Nico Rosberg can all decline. As all races are organised as a supporting programme of both the Formula One World Championship and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) broad media coverage is assured. The use of identical cars, engines, tyres, and fuel for all competitors make sure that the driver is the sole factor for success in this championship.
Already in the two qualifying sessions at Friday, De Bruijn shows immediate pace. The 18-year old inhabitant of Vlaardingen (NED) only has to settle for second place for the first race on Saturday. In qualifying for Sunday's race, De Bruijn scores his maiden Formula BMW ADAC pole position in only his second ever motorsport event! Understeer in the first race means De Bruijn cannot step up the podium at Saturday yet, but finishing in fourth position, at only four seconds behind the winner, still hands the current Formula A kart champion his best result of the season so far.
On Sunday De Bruijn does make his appearance on the podium. After De Bruijn enjoyed a t ough but fair battle for the win together with Nico Hulkenberg and Sebastien Buemi, the young Dutchman tasted the sweetness of champagne at the second step of the podium. An extraordinary result, as De Bruijn only made his motorsport debut a fortnight ago during this season openingrace at Hockenheim!
NICK DE BRUIJN: "A near-perfect result after a very good weekend! Already on Friday, the team gave me a very good car which we further developed throughout the weekend. Therefore a big compliment goes out to my mechanics! As I didn't enjoyed a good getaway at the start of Sunday's race, I had to watch Nico win this race. As Nico, Sebastien Buemi and me were equally quick, I didn't get the chance to retake the lead anymore. I'm really happy with this result, and I'm already looking forward to the next races at Spa-Francorchamps!"
<pre> RESULT RACE 01 EUROSPEEDWAY LAUSITZ 01. Sebastien Buemi ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg 21:23.999 02. Nicolas Hulkenberg Josef Kaufmann Racing + 03.256s 03. Natacha Gachnang Josef Kaufmann Racing + 03.962s 04. NICK DE BRUIJN JOSEF KAUFMANN RACING + 04.384s
RESULT RACE 02 EUROSPEEDWAY LAUSITZ 01. Nicolas Hulkenberg Josef Kaufmann Racing 21:33.596 02. NICK DE BRUIJN JOSEF KAUFMANN RACING + 00.759s 03. Sebastien Buemi ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg + 01.399s
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 04 01. Nicolas Hulkenberg Josef Kaufmann Racing 75 points 02. Sebastien Buemi ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg 55 points 03. NICK DE BRUIJN JOSEF KAUFMANN RACING 31 POINTS