Near-podium for Nick de Bruijn at Norisring NÃœRNBERG, JULY 17 2005 - At the only 2300 meters short Norisring, Nick de Bruijn demonstrated everyone his talents in the seventh round of the 2005 Formula BMW ADAC Championship. At the Nurnberg ...
Near-podium for Nick de Bruijn at Norisring
NÜRNBERG, JULY 17 2005 - At the only 2300 meters short Norisring, Nick de Bruijn demonstrated everyone his talents in the seventh round of the 2005 Formula BMW ADAC Championship. At the Nurnberg streetcourse, De Bruijn took an admirable Rookie pole position at Friday afternoon and also collected many valuable championship points by finishing Sunday's race in fourth position. In the championship standings De Bruijn is now chasing fellow Dutchman Chris van der Drift for fourth position!
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.
Both qualifying sessions at the 2300 meter short circuit go extremely well for De Bruijn on Friday afternoon. Due to heavy traffic, the inhabitant of Vlaardingen only has to settle for fourth position in the first session. But after his team made some small changes to his car, the go-kart champ shows his pure talents by claiming a dominant pole position for Sunday's race.
NICK DE BRUIJN: "I've got absolutely no reason to complain. I love this track , it's really very challenging. I'm happy to start from pole this Sunday as a Rookie driver. Compliments to the team: they have really provided me with a very competitive car!"
RACE 01 + 02
Though De Bruijn sees chance to gain two positions in the opening lap of Saturday's race, the Josef Kaufmann Racing driver can't ta ke time to enjoy his 2nd position very long as he is chased by 21 other drivers. Halfway the 22-lap race De Bruijn gets pushed off the track by his teammate and current championship leader Nicolas Hulkenberg. As also Fabio Onidi also drives into the car of De Bruijn, the Dutchman sees no other chance then to retire on the spot (S-Kurve).
Only because De Bruijn does not enjoy a good getaway at the start of Sunday's race , he looses control of the 22-lap race. In a truly dashing drive De Bruijn shows all his opponents his teeth by charging hard. Eventually De Bruijn crosses the finish line in fourth position, but could definitely have finished higher up the rankings if he would not have suffered from a water leak during the race.
NICK DE BRUIJN: I'm proud to have scored a Rookie pole at this track, as the Norisring is known to be a 'drivers circuit'. Though I'm happy with the points scored, I also feel dissapointed to have missed out on a podiumfinish in both races. I'm now going to enjoy a holiday in Italy and will return as motivated as never before to the Nurburgring in three weeks time!"