Nasr and Harvey take Formula BMW Europe wins in Zandvoort. Zandvoort, 14th June 2009. Thanks to two successful rounds in Zandvoort (NL), Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational) extended his lead in the Formula BMW Europe drivers' classification. In...
Nasr and Harvey take Formula BMW Europe wins in Zandvoort.
Zandvoort, 14th June 2009. Thanks to two successful rounds in Zandvoort (NL), Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational) extended his lead in the Formula BMW Europe drivers' classification. In the third race of the season, the 16-year-old claimed his second win. Rookie driver Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational) joined him on the podium in second and third respectively. In an eventful afternoon race at the "Circuit Park Zandvoort", rookie driver Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsport) celebrated his maiden victory in single- seater racing. Nasr again made it onto the podium by crossing the line in second, Juncadella followed in third.
In the Drivers' Championship, Nasr kept his lead and has now 110 points to his tally. His closest rivals are Michael Christensen (DK/Mucke Motorsport), who came eighth and fifth in The Netherlands, and Frijns, with 80 and 79 points under their belts. Following his victory, Harvey remains the runner-up in the Rookie Cup standings. Frijns defended his lead, lying 31 points in front of Harvey. Olivier Lombard (FR/Eurointernational) is third.
Nasr laid the foundation for victory in the opening stage of race one. At the start he passed Harvey and then used a mistake of Frijns in the "S-bocht" on lap two to take the lead. Formula BMW Junior Frijns remained in Nasr's rear mirrors throughout the 13-lap race, but ultimately failed to launch a counter-attack. This was also due to the fact that the local hero was under constant pressure from Juncadella. When the chequered flag came out, the leading trio was separated by just 1.308 seconds.
Race two was a turbulent affair. In the first corner, Juncadella took the lead from Harvey, who had started from pole position. Nasr passed Frijns for third. A spectacular accident on lap 3 caused the only safety-car period of the weekend: While attacking Frijns, Jack Te Braak (NL/Mucke Motorsport) touched the right rear- wheel of his compatriot with his front-left tyre. The front section of Te Braak's FB02 flipped into the air and hit Jazeman Jaafar (MY/Eifelland Racing) when it fell back on the track. For both drivers this meant an early end to their races.
After the safety-car pulled off, the three-way fight for victory got tighter and tighter. On lap ten, Nasr passed Harvey for second and went on chasing Juncadella. Towards the end of the penultimate lap, Nasr finally got past the race leader. However, during this duel between the two front-runners, Harvey had waited for his chance to launch a surprising attack. That's exactly what he did at the end of the pit straight on the final lap, passing both Nasr and Juncadella on the inside. He kept the lead until the chequered flag.
1st / 2nd: Felipe Nasr (BR/Eurointernational): "That's incredible. I made a good start in race one and was able to take advantage of a small mistake by Robin Frijns. Afterwards, however, it was far from easy to defend the lead. I tried to keep focussed to avoid making a mistake on my own. Fortunately I succeeded. Coming second in race two is just the icing on the cake. I extended my lead in the championship, and obviously that makes me really happy."
5th / 1st and best rookie race 2: Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsport): "It's difficult to put my thoughts into words after this race. It's my first year in single-seater racing, and in today's first race I score my maiden win. That's amazing. The car was just perfect. I was a little bit lucky at the end of race two and was able to pass the pair in front of me. Crossing the line as winner was a unique moment."
2nd / 4th and best rookie race 1: Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing): "It's something really special to score my maiden podium result here in my native country. Of course I would have loved to win race one from pole position. But unfortunately I made a mistake on the second lap. Race one especially was good fun, as it was a clean and fair fight with Felipe Nasr and Daniel Juncadella."
3rd in both races: Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational): "I was happy with the outcome of race one. Thanks to a very good start I quickly improved to third. But then I couldn't pass Robin Frijns, although I may have gone faster. My biggest hopes rested on the second race, which I started from P2. Until the penultimate lap I was in sight of the victory, but then I still lost two positions. That's really disappointing."