Zandvoort: Kevin Gilardoni obtains the first Italian point ever in F. BMW Europe The exit at Zandvoort had an added unknown for Kevin Kilardoni and Fisichella Motor Sport, in fact driver and team never lapped on this difficult Dutch track and...
Zandvoort: Kevin Gilardoni obtains the first Italian point ever in F. BMW Europe
The exit at Zandvoort had an added unknown for Kevin Kilardoni and Fisichella Motor Sport, in fact driver and team never lapped on this difficult Dutch track and free practices as well as part of qualifying had to be devoted to acquire the necessary information to define a competitive setup for the races.
Friday's work, in the twenty-five minutes available, has been focused on the definition of the setup without seeking the performance and the twenty-third position in qualifying has to be read under this light.
The situation has started to evolve in race one whereby Kevin recovered up to the eighteenth place before concluding twentieth under the chequered flag. The twist arrived with race two: during the first laps, Gilardoni went from twenty-first to tenth and even a contact with an opponent compromising a steering rod of his Mygale seemed to stop his recovery. The subsequent safety-car deployment compacted the group and at the restart a bumping made the faultless Gilardoni spin. The fifteenth final place awarded the young Lombard driver with a point in Formula BMW Europe, the first one obtained by an Italian driver.
"It has been a positive weekend: without any data we had to pay something at the beginning but during the race we started to be competitive. In race two I was really fast: after the first contact I had the steering wheel completely bent on a side and the single seater was difficult to drive but I could finish within the top ten anyway. Even if the contact after the safety-car changed my plans I am nevertheless happy for harvesting the first point of my season: I was wearing for the first time a new helmet in collaboration with BER Racing, I have to say that it brought good luck!".
BMW Europe will be back on track next weekend at the British track of Silverstone.