Nasr Takes Win and Title At Monza Season Finale. Monza, 13 September. Felipe Nasr had the best possible finish to his year with a win in race two of Formula BMW Europe in Monza confirming him as the title winner. The Brazilian brought his ...
Nasr Takes Win and Title At Monza Season Finale.
Monza, 13 September. Felipe Nasr had the best possible finish to his year with a win in race two of Formula BMW Europe in Monza confirming him as the title winner. The Brazilian brought his Eurointernational car across the finish line two tenths of a second ahead of his Spanish team-mate, Daniel Juncadella, with Romanian Doru Sechelariu taking his first podium finish of the year with third for him and Eifelland Racing. Other winners in the series are Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing) who is top Rookie and Eurointernational, who have claimed the Team Trophy. The Italian based team also saw their French driver, Olivier Lombard, finish as top Rookie in the race.
A very interested spectator was BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen, whose comments on the series and the last race were: "We have seen many exciting races this season with some special talent and I am especially happy for Felipe Nasr at not only having won the race, but also the title.
"For BMW running such a young driver scheme is part of our heritage. Our young drivers' educational programme is where we give something back to the sport. Obviously it costs money and you don't earn money by doing it. It is very important and having seen Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Timo Glock, Adrian Sutil and others arriving in Formula One it is just a great reward for us, and I hope some of the guys we have seen here this year will make it to Formula One as well. If we look across the season to see who has stood out it has been Felipe Nasr, who has won the title, and Michael Christensen."
The final race did not disappoint in terms of excitement. Jim Pla (FR/DAMS) made a good start from pole, but hot on his heels were both Nasr and Juncadella. As usual the first chicane proved tricky, but eight sensible drivers took to the escape road to save crashes. However, by the end of lap one Pla had lost the lead and it was Juncadella from Nasr with the French driver third. Michael Christensen (DK/Mucke Motorsport) was fourth from sixth on the grid, with Javier Tarancon (ES/DAMS) fifth.
On the second lap Tarancon managed to get by Christensen, but then on lap three every team's nightmare happened, their drivers crashed into each other. DAMS could only watch with horror as Tarancon ran into the back of Pla, and knocked his rear wing off. Pla had to retire, Tarancon was able to continue but only after pitting for a new front wing.
With Nasr leading from Juncadella it was Doru Sechelariu (RO/Eifelland Racing) who was making his way up the field from ninth on the grid. By lap four he was fourth and then on lap seven he took Christensen for third and claimed his first podium of the year.
While Nasr and Juncadella controlled the race, it was only fractions of a second that separated them. On lap six Nasr managed to avoid a potential disaster when he went wide and onto the grass. However, he managed to control the car and, though Juncadella briefly snatched the lead, was in front again by the end of the lap, although what had been a lead of nearly a second a couple of laps earlier was now 0.3secs.
The Rookie battle was really hard fought, but this time Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing) was not a part of this. From eighth on the grid he had made up a place by lap four, but then going into the first chicane at the start of lap five he mistakenly selected first gear and spun off, dropping down to 21st. The leader of the battle was Lombard, with a Rookie train completed by Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsport) and Timmy Hansen (SE/Mucke Motorsport). On lap ten Harvey managed to get in front, but then he tangled with Hansen and this left Lombard free to take fifth and the Rookie win.
1st - Round 16 Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational): "It was fantastic to finish the end of the series with a win like this and to claim the title. It was unbelievable and a perfect year for me, the team and all my family. The work we did was very hard, so I think we deserve it. The race was amazing and Daniel Juncadella and myself tried to work together. It was almost the same as yesterday. We have to thank the team for giving us great cars. It has been the perfect weekend. "
2nd - Round 16 Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational): "It was very nice. My objective for this race was to finish in front of Robin Frijns because I was second in the series by only four points. I managed to do a good start and was in front of Felipe Nasr and Jim Pla. I was able to pull away a bit with Felipe, who was faster than me so I let him past. I followed him, he made a mistake and I also made a mistake in the same place. Doru Sechelariu was catching us, but I was not worried as Robin was a long way behind me. This is a nice end to the season. In the last three races my car has been very, very good and finishing like this is good."
3rd - Round 16 Doru Sechelariu (RO/Eifelland Racing): "It was a great race and I can't believe I came from ninth to third. I was a little bit lucky, but in the rest of the season I have been unlucky. I know I can be fast. I am now very happy. I tried to overtake Daniel Juncadella, but I did not want to risk too much as I was third already. I was fighting with Michael Christensen but the battle was fair."
5th - Round 16 and Top Rookie Olivier Lombard (FR/Eurointernational): "I am very, very happy about this race as I was fighting from the beginning to the end. It was very difficult for me because I had no body in front in the middle of the race, and I had Jack Harvey behind so I really had to focus my mind on trying to catch up with the cars in front of me. I really needed this result for the end of the season. All season I have been able to improve my driving and now I have been able to put everything together here."
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