New Zealander Chris van der Drift supreme at Zandvoort! ZANDVOORT - At Circuit Park Zandvoort, Chris van der Drift (NZL/JD Motorsport) was a class on his own in the seventh and eighth race of the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0. The...
New Zealander Chris van der Drift supreme at Zandvoort!
ZANDVOORT - At Circuit Park Zandvoort, Chris van der Drift (NZL/JD Motorsport) was a class on his own in the seventh and eighth race of the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0. The New Zealander was not only the fastest in the field during both qualifying sessions but also won both races on Pentecost Monday! Through his double victory Van der Drift takes over the lead in the championship after eight races with 167 points. His closest competitor, Filipe Albuquerque, finished fourth in the opening race due to a crash and third in the second race. The driver of Motopark Academy currently has 150 points. Xavier Maassen took two trophies home as well. He finished the first race third and came second in the last. The Dutchman driving for an Italian team is currently third in the championship with 145 points.
On Pentecost Monday, the first race was dominated by Chris van der Drift. The inhabitant of Zevenhuizen led the race from start to finish. Xavier Maassen had the best start during which he gained two places. When Albuquerque hit Maassen when entering the Gerlachtbocht, Albuquerque lost control over his car and crashed into the bank. The car was heavily damaged and race control decided to finish the race prematurely with one lap to go. Despite the crash, Albuquerque finished fourth. Buemi (ZWI/Motopark Academy) and Maassen finished second and third respectively.
Jonny Cecotto (VEN/Koiranen Bros.) made sure the first race did not get boring. He started as seventh and fell back to eleventh where he got stuck behind John Edwards (USA/Motopark Arena). But with a spectacular maneuver he was able to fight his way back to ninth again where he found a worthy opponent in Helmert-Jan van der Slik. Cecotto was faster and tried to outsmart Van der Slik, but with his knowledge of the track and his experience it was easy for Van der Slik to keep Cecotto behind him. His teammate Atte Mustonen (FIN/Koiranen Bros.) came in fifth and the Russian Sergey Afanasiev (RUS/Lukoil Racing) finished sixth.
The start of the second race on Monday afternoon was not much of a problem for the first four. Chris van der Drift defended the lead during the first four laps. In the opening phase the hectic and excitement was due to a crash involving Johnny Cecotto and Brendon Hartley which led to a safety car situation. After the second start, Atte Mustonen lost a number of positions after a slight collision with John Edwards. The result was a flat tire for the American who finished the race early. In the front of the field, Maassen tried to outsmart his team mate Van der Drift but had to concede the lead back to him immediately. The New Zealander did not lose this position throughout the remainder of the twelve lap race and celebrated his fourth victory this season. Maassen finished second. Albuquerque was the third driver to taste champagne this afternoon.
The next two races are being held in Oschersleben on 01/02 July 2006.
Race 7, final results: 1. Chris van der Drift (NZL/JD Motorsport), 16:37.459. 2. Sebastien Buemi (SUI/Motopark Academy). + 02.866, 3. Xavier Maassen (NED/JD Motorsport), + 03.275. 4. Filipe Albuquerque (POR/Motopark Academy), + 03.676. 5. Atte Mustonen (FIN/Korianen Bros.), + 08.708. 6. Sergey Afanasiev (RUS/Lukoil Racing), + 10.372. 7. Helmert-Jan van der Slik (NED/MP Motorsport), + 12.530. 8. Jonny Cecotto (VEN/Koiranen Bros.), + 12.734. 9. John Edwards (USA/Motopark Arena), + 14.624. 10. Brendon Hartley (NZL/Motopark Arena) + 15.049. Pole position: Chris van der Drift. Fastest race lap: Sebastien Buemi 1:36.917 min. Circuit length: 3.618 (16 laps).
Race 8, final results: 1. Chris van der Drift (NZL/JD Motorsport) 23:07.716. 2. Xavier Maassen (NED/JD Motorsport), + 00.380. 3. Filipe Albuquerque (POR/Motopark Academy) + 01.454. 4. Mervyn Kool (NED/AR Motorsport), + 02.314. 5. 5. Sebastien Buemi (SUI/Motopark Academy), + 07.618. 6. Sergey Afanasiev (RUS/Lukoil Racing), + 08.538. 7. Helmert-Jan van der Slik (NED/MP Motorsport), + 13.741. 8. Atte Mustonen (FIN/Korainen Bros.) + 15.114. 9. Frédéric Vervisch (BEL/SL Formula Racing) + 18.690. 10. Anton Nebylitsski (RUS/SL Formula Racing), + 20.412. Pole position: Chris van der Drift. Fastest race lap: Mervyn Kool 1:38.901 min. Circuit length: 4.307 (12 laps).
Championship NEC Formula Renault 2.0 after 8 out of 16 races: 1. Chris van der Drift (NZL) 167 points, 2. Filipe Albuquerque (POR) 150 points, 3. Xavier Maassen (NED) 145 points, Atte Mustonen (FIN) 109 points, 5. Mervyn Kool (NED) 108 points, 6. John Edwards (USA) 100 points, 7. Sebastien Buemi (SUI) 90 points, 8. Helmert-Jan van der Slik (NED), 79 points, 9. Jonny Cecotto (VEN) 78 points, 10. Sergey Afanasiev (RUS) 76 points.