EU: Series Nurburgring qualifying report

Nasr Scorches to Pole in the Chilly Eifel Mountains. Nurburgring, 10 July. The weather at the Nurburgring may have been cold but the pace in qualifying for Formula BMW Europe was hot. As the thermometre recorded 12 Celcius Felipe Nasr ...

Nasr Scorches to Pole in the Chilly Eifel Mountains.

Nurburgring, 10 July. The weather at the Nurburgring may have been cold but the pace in qualifying for Formula BMW Europe was hot. As the thermometre recorded 12 Celcius Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational) put in two laps good enough for pole in both races this weekend. Behind him on the time sheets for the qualifying session were Michael Christensen (DK/Mu cke Motorsport) and William Buller (GB/Fortec Motorsport).

This will be the third time the championship leader has started a race this season from pole, and he made sure of this position by being the fastest driver on the track from ten minutes into the 25 minute session. Christensen, who is just a single point behind the Brazilian in the standings, was hoping to be faster and admitted that some small things could have been better. However, Buller, who set his best time right at the end of the session, was happy with the way it went.

The fact that it was just a second covering the top 12 showed how competitive the field was, but this was small consolation to the top Rookie, Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing) who suffered from oversteer and so could only manage seventh. Meanwhile the only German driver, David Mengesdorf (Eifelland Racing), was eighth quickest.

Pole - Round 7&8: Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational): "I was feeling so good in the car and just kept pushing to the end. Every lap was getting better. It was so cold so the tyres just kept heating up and even on the second set of tyres it was easy. I am just very happy."

2nd Round 7, 3rd Round 8: Michael Christensen (DK/Mu cke Motorsport): "The tactics were to get a good rhythm and get the tyres warm. I was just trying to get a good gap between me and the other cars so I could do a good lap, but that didn't work out. So I could not really get the best out of the lap. I think my pace was not bad but there were some small things that could have been better."

3rd Round 7, 2nd Round 8: William Buller (GB/Fortec Motorsport): "We were quick all the session. I am happy being third and second. It was really important to bring the tyres in properly as you only really have three laps with your tyres, so if you don't you mess up. The team did an excellent job as the car is really good. I like this cirucit as I am not a fan of the flat boring circuits. It has some hills and also some good overtaking places for the race."

7th Round 7, 5th Round 8 and top Rookie: Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing): "It was close as normal. When I came in on the first set of tyres I had a little oversteer. I put the second set of tyres on and the first lap was okay, but then I got more oversteer. We don't know yet if it was the car or me. We shall see what happens in the race, but I am not happy especially as I was first in free practice."

-credit: fbmw

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Michael Christensen , Robin Frijns , Felipe Nasr