Q & A with Chris van der Drift ahead of Superleague Formula at Assen ASSEN, May 12 2010 -- This coming weekend is the second round of Superleague Formula by Sonangol at the TT Circuit, the racing class where the best international football clubs...
Q & A with Chris van der Drift ahead of Superleague Formula at Assen
ASSEN, May 12 2010 -- This coming weekend is the second round of Superleague Formula by Sonangol at the TT Circuit, the racing class where the best international football clubs are represented. The 24-year-old Kiwi race driver Chris van der Drift gets behind the wheel of the car-Olympiacos and is in the running for a victory. The native New Zealander with Dutch nationality came away from his debut in SF with two podium finishes at Silverstone.
Time to look ahead with Chris:
When you went to Silverstone for the first round you had no previous experience with the car and during the official training the weather was horrible. Yet you finished on the podium twice with limited running time in the car. How do you do that?
To be honest I knew in didn't know what to expect because I had never been in the car before. Therefore I saw it more as a weekend test more than a race weekend. During the first race we made gamble in varying weather conditions for rain tires and it ended up to be wrong. But later in the race I came right into my rhythm and we were able to drive lap times comparable to the top of the field. In the second race we started closer to the front because of the reverse grid, after a good start I was third, a few laps later I moved into second place and after the first pit stop I was even in the lead I never expected in my first race weekend in SF to be holding off a former Formula 1 driver Sebastien Bourdais. Eventually I finished second and it was still an incredible result for me and for the team.
Ultimately you gathered enough points to take part in the super final, a five-lap race in which the best six drivers of the weekend take part. This was quite unexpected, but that proved no problem at all for you?
I didn't really expect that I wou ld be in a position to participate in this after just my first race weekend and I had no idea what I was supposed to do. Also adding to that I had never practiced a start with this car, so I did what I thought I had to do and to my surprise I took off from the line fantastic. I passed two drivers off the line and then I made the pass around the outside of FCPorto half a lap later for third then I managed to hold off the cars behind and stay there until the chequered flag.
What do you like the concept of Superleague Formula the most?
I think it's the first concept of this type by brining a different sport to connecting it to racing. The involvement of large well-known football clubs adds prestige to the championship. Personally I like the style of qualifying me the most, initially the drivers are fighting in two groups which only the top four go through to the knock-out system here the drivers are one on one against each other and the winning driver ad vances to the next round just like football I have yet to experience this but I'm sure I will like it.
The car is quite large and has 750 hp, How is it to drive?
It is definitely the most physically demanding cars that I have to muscle around the track, but it is one of the most enjoyable cars to race. Especially because of all the horsepower under my right foot!
TT Circuit Assen is new for you, How have you prepared your weekend? It is indeed pretty much the only track where I have not driven yet, but I will treat it like any other track that I don't know, I'll make sure I use the first training session to learn the circuit and from there get down to business.
At Assen you one of the three Dutch that will be supported, What do you want to show?
I'm going to do what I always do and that is to do my best. I've still got a bit to learn with the car and this time also a new track, But never the less I feel c onfident for a strong weekend in Assen!
Come this weekend to Support Chris van der Drift at the TT Circuit Assen. For more information go to the event to www.sf-assen.com
Chris van der Drift Racing is supported by RacingPool, Ekris, National Meats, Arai and Oakley