Nasr Takes Victory in only his Second Car Race Weekend Barcelona, 10 May 2009. The Spanish fans were given a real thriller today in Barcelona with an exciting second round to the opening weekend of Formula BMW Europe. This time on the top step...
Nasr Takes Victory in only his Second Car Race Weekend
Barcelona, 10 May 2009. The Spanish fans were given a real thriller today in Barcelona with an exciting second round to the opening weekend of Formula BMW Europe. This time on the top step of the podium was a driver who was only having his second ever car race weekend, Luiz Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational). Alongside him was round one winner, Michael Christensen (DK/Mucke Motorsport) while local driver, Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational), was third.
Today the polesitting Brazilian made sure he was not beaten down to the first corner by Christensen. However, he was not the only driver making a perfect start as top Rookie, Robin Frijns (ND/Josef Kaufmann Racing), was through from sixth to third and Juncadella from seventh to fourth. This remained the order until lap six when the Spaniard got by at the chicane.
While the racing was close at the front, behind there were some thrills and spills. On lap two the Rookies, George Katsinis (GR/Eifelland Racing) and Jack Te Braak (ND/Mucke Motorsport) , had a coming together with the Greek driver coming off worst as his car ended up against the barrier with a broken wing and wheel. Then a lap later it was the turn of Jazeman Jafaar (MY/Eifelland Racing) and Kazeem Manzur (GB/Josef Kaufmann Racing) to colide, with the British driver rolling his car into retirement, but the Malaysian was able to continue.
In the cooler conditions - yesterday the air was 22 and the track 33, while today the air was 18 and the track 25 - there were battles going on all the way down the field with fractions of a second splitting several groups. One battle was for 11th between Ramon Pineiro (ES/Fisichella Motor Sport International SPA) and Come Ledogar (FR/DAMS), and on home turf it was the Spaniard who came out on top.
1st: Round 2: Luiz Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational): "Now I am completely happy. I did a perfect start, the first lap was really fast and then I pushed to the end of the race. The track was different, as it was a bit colder today, but my car worked really well in these conditions. It has been an amazing weekend for me and the team, a great beginning. This is the most fantastic weekend of my life."
2nd - Round 2: Michael Christensen (DK/Mucke Motorsport): "This was a good start to the season and that is the most important thing. It was a hard race for me. My plan was to try to get Felipe again at the start, but obviously he got a better one today than yesterday. I tried some other things but it didn't really work out for me. I just tried to follow him as closely as possible and try to overtake him. It was difficult to keep up with him and it was just the same gap for most of the race. I did my best and I couldn't do better than that. I think our lap times were quite equal."
3rd - Round 2: Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational): "I am happy because qualifying didn't go really well for me, so being on the podium today is great. Being at your home race and not being on the podium is really disappointing. I knew the key was the start so I got a really good one and I was focusing on that. I knew the track was much colder so many drivers could make the mistake of spinning the wheels at the start so I was really careful."
4th - Round 2: Top Rookie: Robin Frijns (ND/Josef Kaufmann Racing): "I got a really good start so that was okay. On the first few laps I was not too fast and Daniel was gaining a little, and then I made a mistake so that is why he passed me at the chicane. Anyway after a few laps behind him I was getting faster and faster and coming back to him until the last lap then my wheel went loose, so I had to slow down and that is why Javier Tarancon nearly went by me. I am happy but I want to be on that podium."