Nick de Bruijn very satisfied after races in Porto PORTO, 8 JULY 2007 -- Nick de Bruijn returned home with points, as he raced for the first time with Team ISR in the International Formula Master. On a small street circuit in Porto, the ...
Nick de Bruijn very satisfied after races in Porto
PORTO, 8 JULY 2007 -- Nick de Bruijn returned home with points, as he raced for the first time with Team ISR in the International Formula Master. On a small street circuit in Porto, the twenty-year old driver from Vlaardingen scored a well-deserved fifth place despite damage to his car.
De Bruijn took his time in the Friday sessions to learn the track in the Portuguese city where the talented driver showed good progression and reduced the gap to the front substantially. Unfortunately because of traffic and many yellow flags during qualifying, he could only manage twelfth position for race one on Saturday afternoon.
It was not the best beginning however, when the ISR driver had to start from the pitlane after the team exchanged his gearbox but de Bruijn soon overtook several drivers when the race got underway. A red flag put a stop to his momentum following an accident in the race not long after. Round seven of the championship resumed for only two laps behind the safety car, where de Bruijn finished in sixteenth place.
The speed and determination he showed went on to be rewarded with points in the next race. After the start, de Bruijn worked his way quickly towards the front with some good overtaking moves and the advantage of other competitors crashing out. After a restart, the Dutchman was already in seventh position. Despite a broken front wing, he was still able to keep his Formula Master car on track and secured fifth place.
Nick de Bruijn: "The team managed the car perfectly. We were fast the whole weekend and I showed the speed in the second race. Even with a broken front wing which was not easy, I was one of the fastest drivers on the track. Now I'm looking forward to Anderstorp in Sweden. Thankfully it's a normal circuit because Porto was not suitable for our cars; it was a very dangerous track. I'm really positive and hope we can turn the potential into success."
Next race weeken d for Nick de Bruijn is 29 July for the ninth and tenth round of the International Formula Master in Anderstorp, Sweden.