Jim Pla Makes It Two In A Row For DAMS. Valencia, 23 August 2009. Jim Pla completed the perfect weekend for both himself and DAMS when he took his second Formula BMW Europe victory. The Frenchman was followed across the line by Felipe ...
Jim Pla Makes It Two In A Row For DAMS.
Valencia, 23 August 2009. Jim Pla completed the perfect weekend for both himself and DAMS when he took his second Formula BMW Europe victory. The Frenchman was followed across the line by Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational) with Jazeman Jaafar (MY/Eifelland Racing) taking the last place on the podium.
Lap one was a repetition from race one yesterday with the Safety Car deployed. This time it was to remove the cars of Ramon Pineiro (ES/Motaworld Racing Europe Ltd) and Cô me Ledogar (FR/DAMS) that had crashed into the wall. Unfortunately it was also a bad race for another Spaniard as Antonio Martinez (Fortec Motorsport) was also out on lap one after a collision with George Katsinis (GR/Eifelland Racing). Meanwhile a slight contact between Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing) and another car left the Dutch driver with a damaged front wing. This lap also saw Timmy Hansen (SE/Mucke Motorsport) retire after contact with Javier Tarancon (ES/DAMS).
The second time the Safety Car was deployed was when Tarancon hit the wall very hard on lap four. This brought the Spanish retirement total to three out of the five local drivers. The Safety Car was out for two laps and when it came in at the end of lap six the order at the front was Michael Christensen (DK/Mü cke Motorsport), who is running under appeal so not classified, Pla, Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational), Frijns and Nasr.
Frijns came in at the end of lap seven for repairs to his damaged front wing, and lost his Rookie lead. Meanwhile Juncadella tried to overtake Pla. The Frenchman held on to his slot, and at the same time Nasr overtook his team- mate for second and was 0.3seconds behind Pla as they came over the start/finish line.
With fractions between the leaders there was still the possibility for changes at the front, and just before the bridge on the very last lap Jaafar overtook Juncadella for the final podium position.
1st - Round 11: Jim Pla (FR/DAMS): "I am really happy to be on the podium twice this weekend in first position. The team did a very good job. I made a good start and it was easier overall than the last race yesterday. I tried to push a lot after the Safety Car periods and keep my position."
2nd - Round 11: Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational): "That was good and very exciting to be in the race. Because of the early Safety Cars we could not get close to each other, but for me it was very good. If you think about the weekend in general on a track I have never seen before, being on the podium in both races is very good for me. I am looking forward to getting more points in Belgium."
3rd - Round 11: Jazeman Jaafar (MY/Eifelland Racing): "It was quite a tough race. Yesterday I was unlucky as I was out by the first corner, but today was a great comeback. It took me a while to move up because we had two safety car periods, and I had to wait for a long time to make my final move to overtake Daniel Juncadella for the podium spot. I managed this just before the bridge. It is a street ciruit with plenty of walls, not much run-off so you just have to keep the car safe and bring it back in one piece."
8th and Top Rookie - Round 11: Oliver Lombard (FR/Eurointernational): "I am very happy with my race as I started 17th, so I think this is a good performance and my lap time is not that bad. I managed to do a good job without crashes, but it was a difficult race with a lot of pressures and two Safety Cars. I am now looking forward to Spa to have a good qualifying to put me in a good position for the races."
9th and Second Rookie - Round 11: Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsport): "I had a pretty good race. I didn't have a great start but the opening laps were good and I stayed out of trouble, which I think was the best thing to do. I moved up a lot of places. Another driver ran into the back of me and bent my exhaust, so after that I lost a lot of straight line speed. Maybe the strategy was not right in qualifying so I think that was a really big part of it. But the team worked hard to try and salvage something from the weekend and they have done a really good job."