After a very positive test heading in, Formula BMW Americas rookie David Ostella was feeling confident heading to New Jersey Motorsports Park and the Loud Energy Drink 150 a week ago. He had been the third quickest driver in the paddock during ...
After a very positive test heading in, Formula BMW Americas rookie David Ostella was feeling confident heading to New Jersey Motorsports Park and the Loud Energy Drink 150 a week ago. He had been the third quickest driver in the paddock during testing, and he believed his second podium of the season was well within his reach at the penultimate round.
Though a scheduled triple-header weekend was reduced to two races for the second time this year, it didn't derail the focus of Ostella as the young Canadian proceeded to put up his best qualifying run of the season with P3. Working with famed motorsports psychologist Dr. Jacques Dallaire of Performance Prime over the race weekend also created a focussed environment and the driver reaped the rewards. "It was very good, my best qualifying yet," Ostella recalled of the session. "I was really focussed, got third, and I have to say Dr. Dallaire helped a lot." It was also the first time the young driver was able to return to a track in a BMW FB2, and the fact he enjoyed the Thunderbolt layout was also a benefit. "The track was the same, except for the weather!" he said of New Jersey Motorsports Park. "The track is awesome, fast and flowing, I really liked it."
Things continued to go well at the start of race one, round thirteen of the championship, but sadly it didn't last long. "Off the start I had a great launch and went to second," Ostella said. "But I messed up the last corner and a car got by. Then another hit my crash box going into turn three and hit me off the track while attempting a pass. I went to fifth, but got back to fourth, just missing a podium in the end."
Race two of the weekend began with a damp and muddy track, and turned into a strange run for Ostella. "First I went to fourth in a wet start, then for the second day in a row a car passing me bounced me off the track," he said. "I went through a sign, picked up a puncture, but then still set the second fastest lap of the race!" The recovery run was actually a good one as after falling to the tail of the field Ostella caught and passed eighth before running down sixth and crossing tucked under the rear wing of the rookie point leader.
The lone remaining event of the 2008 Championship will be a fantastic one to be sure as for the second time Ostella and the Formula BMW Americas drivers support the Formula One World Championship. David was on the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix, and will be looking to return there beginning October 31 running in support of the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. As always, David will be racing with support from Global Precast Motorsports, Alpinestars and RAW Integrated Ltd.