Another double for Jim Pla! This weekend, DAMS competed in the seventh and second-last round of the 2009 Formula BMW Europe Championship, part of the Belgian F1 Grand Prix programme. The very tricky, demanding Spa layout proved a real ...
Another double for Jim Pla!
This weekend, DAMS competed in the seventh and second-last round of the 2009 Formula BMW Europe Championship, part of the Belgian F1 Grand Prix programme. The very tricky, demanding Spa layout proved a real challenge for all the drivers - as only the most gifted win on this circuit.
Jim Pla had another great meeting. After his 2 victories in Valencia last weekend he scored another double in Belgium. In the first race he was fourth on the grid and third in the second. Putting on a superb display of all-out attacking driving, he beat all his rivals to the chequered flag in both rounds. He is now the dominant driver in the championship, and is having an awesome finish to the season having racked up 4 victories in the trot!
Coeme Ledogar, who had a couple of difficult races in Valencia, made a great comeback this weekend. He had a good qualifying session and finished fifth in the first race. He was battling for third in the second when an unsporting manoeuvre by one of his rivals punted him off the track at full speed!
Javier Tarancon had a difficult qualifying session. The Spaniard had to start from the second half of the grid, and despite pushing as hard as he could, he was never in a position to challenge the front-runners.
After scoring almost 100 points in 2 weekends, DAMS is determined to finish the Formula Europe BMW season on a high note. The team will tackle the final round on the Monza circuit in 2 weeks time in an upbeat frame of mind.
Eric Boullier, Team Manager: "I'd like to congratulate Jim for another perfect weekend. Something's suddenly clicked! Today, he's very strong mentally and this is reflected in his performances. It's promising for the rest of the season and his future career. Come reacted well after his disappointing weekend in Valencia, and should have been on the podium on Sunday. Javier was unable to show his speed because of a poor qualifying session. In these conditions, his races were compromised, and he was unable to fight at the front. Bravo to the whole team for their very competitive second half of the season."
Race 1: 4th on the grid, winner
Race 2: 3rd on the grid, winner
5th in the championship with 209 points
"What a weekend! I thought I'd had my best two races of the season in Valencia, but I have to say that the Spa round went off even better. I made a good start each time, and I passed several cars to take the lead; then I controlled the gap to my pursuers. Winning here is very special. I'd like to thank DAMS, my engineers and my mechanics for these victories!"
Race 1: 8th on the grid, 5th at the finish
Race 2: 7th on the grid, retired (collision)
17th in the championship with 47 points
"The weekend went off much better. It's good for my morale and my confidence. I'm very frustrated at not having finished the second race. I was punted off the track at high speed by an over-aggressive rival when I was aiming for the podium. What he did was very dangerous. But overall I've learned a lot from the two races, and I hope to continue progressing at Monza."
Race 1: 17th on the grid, 12th at the finish
Race 2: 18th on the grid, 13th at the finish
12th in the championship with 73 points
"It was a disappointing weekend that was dictated by my low grid places. But I gave my all in both races, and I overtook several cars. I'm trying to gain as much experience in my first Formula BMW season as possible and I'm still very motivated."