Nick de Bruijn finishes Formula BMW career at World Final weekend in Valencia VALENCIA, NOVEMBER 26 2006 -- During this weekend's DELL Formula BMW World Final in Valencia, Nick de Bruijn again showed that he is among the best drivers in this ...
Nick de Bruijn finishes Formula BMW career at World Final weekend in Valencia
VALENCIA, NOVEMBER 26 2006 -- During this weekend's DELL Formula BMW World Final in Valencia, Nick de Bruijn again showed that he is among the best drivers in this spectacular race series for upcoming talents. Despite finishing on the podium in one of Saturday's qualifying races, a DNF in another heat meant that Nick had to settle for 14th position on the grid for the final race on Sunday. In the main race this afternoon, Nick did his utmost, but technical trouble prevented him from finishing his Formula BMW career on a high. By finishing the race in 11th position though, Nick still demonstrated his exceptional racing skills for ASL Team Mucke Motorsport.
The Formula BMW is worldwide the leading series for young talented drivers who get their first taste of formula racing cars. Drivers such as Ralf Schumacher, Christian Klien, Nico Rosberg and most recently Sebastian Vettel all graduated from Formula BMW before making their F1 break. In 2006 Formula BMW Championships were organised in Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and Asia. During this weekend's DELL Formula BMW World Final the best 36 drivers out of these four race series had to take it up against each other in order to be crowned as Formula BMW World Champion 2006. next to this, the winner will also get a test with the BMW Sauber F1 team!
By having qualified himself for the Super Pole qualifying session on Saturday morning, Nick showed his talents by claiming eighth spot on the grid for the three race heats ahead of the World Final. As the results of these three heats would determine the starting grid on Sunday afternoon, Nick was eager to make the most out of these short race heats. A DNF however in the first race heat, as Nick was pushed out of the race by another competitor, made Nick's high expectations for this weekend vanish like snow in the sun. Despite finishing the second heat on the podium (3rd) and the third heat just outside the rostrum (4th), Nick had to be content by having qualified himself 14th on the grid for the final race on Sunday afternoon.
After having changed his car set-up to his likings for the race, Nock enjoyed a good start of the World Final, but soon encountered technical trouble as his engine cover got loose. As Nick lost speed due to this unfortunate and mysterious problem, his advance halted halfway the race. Despite the lack of top speed and the ability to slipstream and overtake, Nick still finished the World Final, which was won by Christian Vietoris, in 11th spot!
NICK DE BRUIJN: "A shame of course, as we definitely had the strength to finish the season on a high, no doubt. After I was pushed out of the race in heat 1, we realised it was 'game over' but nevertheless did our utmost to fight for the best possible position. My strong races must have been noticed by many people. By finishing the 2006 Formule BMW World Final today, I've also finished my own Formula BMW career. In 2007 I will take up another challenge, but I will tell you more about that any time soon!"