EU: Series Hockenheimring race 1 report

Hansen takes first win and Kyvat is top Rookie. Hockenheim, 24 July 2010. In conditions that mirrored qualifying, with a damp but drying track, the first Formula BMW Europe race of the weekend was where Timmy Hansen (SE/Mucke Motorsport) took...

Hansen takes first win and Kyvat is top Rookie.

Hockenheim, 24 July 2010. In conditions that mirrored qualifying, with a damp but drying track, the first Formula BMW Europe race of the weekend was where Timmy Hansen (SE/Mucke Motorsport) took his first win in the series. Hansen survived battles with Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing) and came home over five seconds ahead of the Dutch driver, while third was Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsports) just half a second behind. Daniil Kvyat (RU/Eurointernational) took his second win in the Rookie class and finished fifth after battles of his own.

This time there was no question of what tyres to use, as all the drivers except Guest driver, Dustin Sofyan (IA/DAMS), decided on slicks, but knew what would happen if they went off the dry line as the track was very wet in places. The conditions were also a disadvantage to the drivers starting on the right side of the grid, as this was also wet, while the pole side was dry. As the lights went out this became very obvious as Harvey moved from second very slowly and it was Frijns, Hansen and Kvyat who went into the first corner ahead of him.

On lap one Michael Lewis (US/Eurointernational) was immediately in the wars as he spun, but Harvey was by Kvyat for third. Another driver on the move from 15th on the grid to 11th at the end of lap one was Fahmi Ilyas (MY/DAMS), which would have given his hard working and very tired team something to cheer them up. After his crash in qualifying the tub of his FB02 was found to be so badly damaged it had to be changed. This meant the DAMS crew did an all nighter so he could make it to the grid.

On lap three Frijns made a mistake and went wide which let Hansen take the lead. They battled for the next few laps with fractions separating them. However, on lap ten an attempt by Frijns saw the two cars collide, the Dutchman spin and the Swede was able to pull out a five second lead. Although this dropped Frijns back into the clutches of Harvey, there was nothing the Brit could do to get by.

Carlos Sainz (ES/Eurointernational) was trying to make his way through the field and by lap three had made up a couple of places, but a spin on lap six after a collision with Facu Regalia (AR/Eifelland Racing) dropped him back to 13th ,while the Argentinean retired. Meanwhile on lap five Maciej Bernacik (PL/Mucke Motorsport) collided with Petri Suvanto (FI/Josef Kaufmann Racing) which saw the Finn pit and retire.

1st Round 9: Timmy Hansen (SE/Mucke Motorsport): "That was my first win and it was really amazing. I made quite a good start so I was able to get into second. Then Robin made a mistake and I was able to pass him. I had a big job keeping him behind me but when he tried to overtake me he locked his front wheels, hit me and then he spun, so after that it was quite an easy race. My right mirror had gone so I could not see if there was any damage to the car, but it felt okay. Tomorrow I start from sixth so it will be more difficult, but I am aiming for the podium again. The conditions were very, very difficult but the same as in qualifying so at least we were used to it. However, racing in these conditions is the most difficult you can do."

2nd Round 9: Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing): "Before the race started we put on the slick tyres, I had a good feeling about the car and it felt good on the first few laps. Then I put the brake balance a little bit to the front, came to the hairpin and locked the wheels at the front, so Timmy came by. I was still behind him and much quicker but could not overtake. Then I tried once, locked the front brakes again, hit him and spun. At least I tried to take the lead, but it didn't work out. In race two I am on pole again,so we just see as I think I have a good opportunity to win. "

3rd Round 7 : Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsports): "The inside at the start was still wet and the pole side was dry, so it was a little bit of a disadvantage. I dropped to fourth in the first corner, got back to third but just couldn't keep with the first two. As the track got drier we got quite a lot faster, but it was just one of those things as the conditions were quite difficult. It was another good result as I have now been on eight out of nine podiums so not bad. It was getting drier each lap but turn three was still totally wet and a few of the other corners were still not completely wet but not dry enough. It has been the same story all weekend so probably we should have expected it."

Top Rookie: Daniil Kvyat (RU/Eurointernational): "The conditions were very extreme and on the first lap it was very difficult to control the car especially in the second corner. However, I made a good start as my side of the track was dry. We had slick tyres on and in the last laps the grip became better and I did the second best lap, so that is very good. In the race I had a lot of battles and in the last laps I was catching Côme, but he was too far away to overtake. I am quite satisfied but not happy because I was third at the start and made a little mistake in the first corner, I went wide and Jack overtook me."

-source: fbmw eu

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Michael Lewis , Facu Regalia , Jack Harvey , Timmy Hansen , Robin Frijns , Dustin Sofyan , Daniil Kvyat
Teams Mücke Motorsport , DAMS