NEW CAR BOOSTS NICK DE BRUIJN AT OSCHERSLEBEN OSCHERSLEBEN, MAY 21 2006 -- The fourth raceweekend of the 2006 Formula BMW Deutschland championship at Oschersleben marked the introduction of a new car for Nick de Bruijn after a somewhat troubled...
NEW CAR BOOSTS NICK DE BRUIJN AT OSCHERSLEBEN
OSCHERSLEBEN, MAY 21 2006 -- The fourth raceweekend of the 2006 Formula BMW Deutschland championship at Oschersleben marked the introduction of a new car for Nick de Bruijn after a somewhat troubled start of the season. In Saturday's first race of the weekend, Nick immediately got to grips with his new car and scored a deserving fifth place. Though changing weather circumstances hampered De Bruijn's advance in the second race on Sundaymorning, the 19-year old Dutchman still gained one position in the championship standings.
The Formula BMW is worldwide the leading series for young talented drivers who get their first taste of formula racingcars. Drivers such as Ralf Schumacher, Christian Klien and most recently Nico Rosberg all graduated from Formula BMW before making their F1 break. In 2006 Formula BMW Championships will be organised in Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and Asia. After an impressive rookie season last year, Nick de Bruijn will also be supported by BMW in 2006 as one of their 'Formula BMW Junior drivers'.
After a somewhat difficult start of his season, De Bruijn got the possession of a new car on from this weekend in order to boost his championship ambitions for this year. Although introducing a new car usually needs some time for the driver to get used to it, De Bruijn instantly set the fourth quickest time in Friday's Free Practise session. Also in qualifying for the first race on Saturday, De Bruijn excelled by taking third position on the grid. For Sunday's race, the by BMW Motorsport supported Dutchman had to settle for seventh position.
NICK DE BRUIJN: "I'm satisfied with my third gridposition for Saturday, but in the second qualifying session I was hindered several times by yellow flags, but that's racing. I'm happy that I refound the speed and I'm sure that there is even more room for improvement. We will be busy this weekend maximising our performance, so I ho pe I can thank the team for all their work by handing them a good result."
RACE 01 + 02
Too much wheelspin at the start of the first race on Saturday afternoon, threw De Bruijn three places back in the first lap after having started from third on the grid. As it is difficult to overtake at the narrow and twisty Oschersleben circuit, De Bruijn had virtually no chance to recover from this, but still managed to finish in fifth position. Positive highlight of this 14 lap race was that De Bruijn set the second fastest laptime at the end of the race, underlining his capabilities.
After some heavy showers overnight, the second race on Sunday morning got started with lots of damp patches all over the track surface. As it was uncertain whether the track would dry up or if there would fall more rain somewhere during the 14-lap race, most drivers and teams just had to take a gamble with their tyrechoice. De Bruijn, who opted for full wets, was flying in the first few laps in which he overtook four drivers at a wet track, but as soon as the track started to dry up he could no longer retain his position. After 22 minutes of close racing, De Bruijn eventually finished the race in eleventh position.
NICK DE BRUIJN: "Just before the start of Sunday's race it was really just a toss-up if we would go for slicks or opt for full wets. In the first few laps full wets were definitely the right decision, but as the forecasted rain did not fell, I could not defend my third position any longer on from halfway the race. It's a shame as we really made good progress all over the weekend. As the next two races will also be held here at Oschersleben, I'm looking forward to take my revenge when we will be back here in a fortnight in the support programme of the WTCC races!"
-Josef Kaufmann Racing