Formula BMW Europe heads for Zolder in Belgium Adrien Tambay: "On this circuit anything's possible" On the race track in Zolder, Belgium, the Formula BMW Europe drivers will have to pull out all the stops this coming weekend (31.5-1.6). The...
Formula BMW Europe heads for Zolder in Belgium
Adrien Tambay: "On this circuit anything's possible"
On the race track in Zolder, Belgium, the Formula BMW Europe drivers will have to pull out all the stops this coming weekend (31.5-1.6). The circuit's combination of fast and slow turns will make huge demands on the driving technique of the junior racing talents, some of whom are as young as 15. The shortest circuit in the racing calendar at just 3.977 kilometres, Zolder is the only non-Formula One track the Formula BMW Europe drivers will be appearing on.
Following the season's curtain-raiser on the undercard of the Spanish Grand Prix, in which French driver Adrien Tambay (Eifelland Racing) crossed the line first in both races, the young drivers are now focusing on races three and four. Tambay has already familiarised himself with the Belgian circuit: "After the start I'll be turning my full attention to the first turn. The challenge is to get through this fast and tight corner unscathed. Basically, on this circuit anything's possible." He has no illusions about how determined his fellow drivers are to win. At the last test before Zolder, Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez (Josef Kaufmann racing) put in a particularly good showing when he posted the day's best time at Hockenheim. Gutierrez, Rookie winner of Formula BMW USA 2007, aims to give his rival Tambay, Rookie of the Year in Formula BMW Germany 2007, a run for his money at Zolder.
Just over 30 drivers from 13 countries will be lining up for the high-calibre international Formula BMW Europe event. Though there will be no local hero from Belgium in Zolder, neighbouring France will have four starters on the grid. Adrien Tambay, son of the former F1 driver Patrick Tambay, and Anthony Comas, racing for Mucke Motorsport and the son of ex-Formula One racer Erik Comas, are both from France, as are DAMS Team drivers Kevin Breysse and Jim Pla.
The "45th Anniversary Races Zolder" event brings with it an unusual schedule. On Friday the drivers will have half a day's testing before the official start of the race weekend on Saturday. For the drivers, Zolder comprises Free Practice (Saturday 11-11.30 h), Qualifying (Saturday 15.25-15.45 h) and two races (Race 1 on Sunday 11.50-12.15 h, Race 2 on Saturday 16.45-17.10 h).