DOUBLE DUTCH WINNING DUO SET SIGHTS ON ZOLDER ASSAULT Dutch fans had plenty cheer about at the Nurburgring with a pair of Superleague Formula victories for Netherlands drivers Robert Doornbos and Yelmer Buurman - now the duo are set to cross the...
DOUBLE DUTCH WINNING DUO SET SIGHTS ON ZOLDER ASSAULT
Dutch fans had plenty cheer about at the Nurburgring with a pair of Superleague Formula victories for Netherlands drivers Robert Doornbos and Yelmer Buurman - now the duo are set to cross the border to attempt a repeat performance in Belgium this weekend at Zolder.
Doornbos bounced back from a unlucky opening round for AC Milan at Donington Park by setting the pole at the Nurburgring and charging to victory in the opening race.
Buurman made it two from two for Dutch drivers in the reverse grid race - an extra reason to celebrate as Buurman drives for Superleague Formula's Netherlands club, PSV Eindhoven.
Eindhoven is actually located less than 60km from the Zolder circuit - a short drive for the PSV fans to support their Superleague Formula entry.
"Having two Dutch winners in Nurburgring was fantastic and hopefully we will see a lot of Dutch support for Robert and I at Zolder," Buurman said.
"After the win at the Nurburgring, I am really looking forward to Zolder - I have been there a couple of times in the past in Formula Renault and Formula 3 but never something as quick as Superleague Formula.
"The reaction from the fans after the last race has been really positive, lots of emails and congratulations. Everyone was very happy and there seem to be a lot of people interested in the championship.
"I'm up to second now in the championship, but it is way to soon to think about the title."
Doornbos will return to the circuit where he started on the front row last year for Minardi Team USA when the Champ Car World Series visited the former home of the Belgian Grand Prix.
"The Dutch fans follow me everywhere around the world including to the US last year so I think we should see a big contingent of them at Zolder after myself and Yelmer winning at the Nurburgring," Doornbos said.
"I was very competitive in Champ Car at Zolder last year and qualified on the front row but we had a problem during a pit stop which spoilt our race so I would love to make amends this year in Superleague Formula.
"I am looking forward to another competitive weekend and I think now the fans are starting to find out how great the car sounds, we should see lots of them from the Netherlands.
"It great for get the win in the Nurburgring after the start we had at Donington. For me, qualifying and race one are very important because you get to show your pace and it is a great motivation for the whole team."
The two Dutch heroes will face tough opposition from Nurburgring star performer Craig Dolby from Belgian club, RSC Anderlecht. Dolby finished second in both races at the ‘Ring including an amazing performance in race two to come from the back of the grid in the reverse grid race.
The young Brit will have extra support on race day with the entire RSC Anderlecht football squad attending the race to back their Superleague Formula "team-mate".
Zolder staged the Belgian Grand Prix on 10 occasions, the first being in 1973 when Jackie Stewart took victory. Michele Alboreto clinched the final F1 race at Zolder in 1984 when he won for Ferrari.
Famous winners at the Flemish circuit also include World Champions Niki Lauda, Mario Andretti and Jody Scheckter.
Practice and qualifying for this weekend's Superleague Formula event kicks off this Saturday with the two 45 minute race scheduled for Sunday.