Single-seater showcase by IFM drivers at Oschersleben

Single-seater showcase by IFM drivers at Oschersleben

26.08.2007: Single-seater showcase by IFM drivers at Oschersleben

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Todayís action-packed round 12 of the International Formula Master (IFM) series has reignited the points battle as series leader, Jerome DíAmbrosio, scored just one point and J.D. Motorsportís Chris Van der Drift took his second win of the year.

After a frantic start, that saw Mattia Pavoni and Giuseppe Terranova come together on lap four and Oliver Campos Hull crashing out three laps later after skidding at the chicane and rolling the car, drivers had a breather with four relatively calm laps.

In that time, however, the eight leading cars formed a tight pack with race leader Luca Persiani just 2.7 seconds ahead of eighth-place Kasper Andersen.

The building tension culminated in a flurry of action at the mid-point of the 28-lap race as Van der Drift made his bid for second place triggering a series of passing manoeuvres amongst the leading group.

Van der Drift kept his momentum up, passing Persiani for the lead on the following lap and then driving away from the battling Formula S2000s to pull out an incredible 14-second lead by the chequered flag.

The fight for podium places continued in his wake as Persiani slipped down the order making way for Marcello Puglisi in second and Ragues snatched third from his team-mate Marco Bonanomi with two laps to go.

The result means Van der Drift is now second in the points table with a gap of 25 points from DíAmbrosio, who finished the race in eighth. The result was an achievement for the Cram Competition driver who lost his rear wing when De Bruijn ran over the back of his car in the closing laps.

 

Chris Van der Drift, J.D. Motorsport "With four races left and 40 points to go, you never know whatís going to happen. You always push the same and see what you get out of it and today we got a win.

I was quicker than Persiani and he made a mistake coming into turn one, so I made a run on him coming down the straight and it worked out quite nicely. From then I just started to pull away."

 

Marcello Puglisi, Promotorsport "I am getting better with every race. This is my third podium now so I hope to be a winner before the end of the season. This was a very exciting race and I started well, overtaking two people. In the beginning I wasnít that fast because thatís the way we set up the car, to last the distance.

There were some fights going on in front of me and they looked like they were faster than me. I made some mistakes but in the end I raced well and itís the result that counts."

 

Pierre Ragues, Euronova Racing "Itís my first podium and itís very nice to be here now! The preparation of the car was always good but here everything went really well with starting second in the grid.

"I felt extra pressure because I was battling with my team-mate. Itís very hard because we are very good friends as well."

 

International Formula Master Ė Oschersleben Round 12 results

1. Chris Van der Drift (NED), J.D. Motorsport

2. Marcello Puglisi (ITA), Promotorsport

3. Pierre Ragues (FRA), Euronova Racing

4. Marco Bonanomi (ITA), Euronova Racing

5. Kasper Andersen (DEN), J.D. Motorsport

6. Luca Persiani (ITA), Scuderia Fama

7. Salvatore Gatto (ITA), Promotorsport

8. Jerome DíAmbrosio (BEL), Cram Competition

 

Lap-by-lap analysis

Lap 1 Siedler pushed off grid and retires- Waved yellow flags as Caliendo is stranded on the grid- Persiani into the lead

Lap 2 Torre retires

Lap 3 Avila pushed wide as Sanchez Lopez gets it wrong under braking

Lap 4 Ragues goes around the inside of Puglisi but does not make it stick- Pavoni runs into the back of Terranova who pulls into the pits with a puncture - Llobellís engine blows up

Lap 5 Provenzano passes Maulini - Sanchez Lopez passes Cantelli Jr

Lap 6 Andersen is flying in eighth, putting in the fastest lap of the race

Lap 7 Campos Hull crashes out after skidding at the chicane and rolling the car

Lap 8 Van der Drift goes down the inside of Puglisis for fourth place

Lap 9 Ragues tries to go wide around team-mate Bonanomi into the first corner but it does not work

Lap 11 Puglisi and Gatto are side-by-side for fifth place, with Puglisi sneaking pushing past on the inside after a four-corner battle

Van der Drift passes Ragues, who tries to fight back and makes contact with the J.D. Motorsport car but Van der Drift holds on in third

Lap 12 Andersen goes round the outside of Series leader, DíAmbrosio at the Shell Esses

Lap 13 Puglisi passes Ragues but cannot hold onto the place under braking

Lap 14 Four laps of relative calm, but the top eight car train is covered by just 2.7s

Lap 18 Van der Drift makes his move for second place, triggering a flurry of action with Ragues and Bonanomi the main losers and Puglisi and Van der Drift taking the best advantage

Lap 19 Van der Drift continues his advance, driving around Persiani for the lead

Lap 20 Van der Drift pulls out a 3.45s lead over second-place Persiani

Lap 21 Puglisi holding off Ragues around the first corner for fourth place

Lap 22 Puglisi passes Bonanomi around turn one for third place

Lap 23 Euronova Racing team-mates Ragues and Bonanomi are battling for fourth - Puglisi takes second from Persiani

Lap 24 Bonanomi is very late on the brakes trying to pass Persiani for third Andersen passes Gatto for sixth

Lap 25 De Bruijn runs into the back of DíAmbrosio, taking off the Cram Competition driverís rear wing

Lap 26 Cecotto Jr. slides as he tries to catch DíAmbrosio in eighth

Lap 28 Van der Drift has pulled out a 14.529s lead and takes a consummate victory

 

International Formula Master Ė Driver points standings

1. Jerome DíAmbrosio (BEL), Cram Competition, 68 points

2. Chris Van der Drift (NED), J.D. Motorsport. 43 points

3. Pablo Sanchez Lopez (MEX), Alan Racing, 30 points

4. Salvatore Gatto (ITA), Alan Racing, 38 points

5. Marcello Puglisi (ITA), Promotorsport, 33 points

6. Kasper Andersen (DEN), J.D. Motorsport, 32 points

7. Norbert Siedler (AUT), ADM Motorsport, 29 points

8. Maximilian Goetz (GER), ISR, 24 points

International Formula Master Ė Team points standings

1. Cram Competition (ITA), 88 points

2. Alan Racing (ITA), 80 points

3. J.D. Motorsport (ITA), 77 points

4. Promotorsport (ITA), 41 points

5. Euronova Racing (UK), 33 points

6. ADM Motorsport (ITA), 32 points

7. ISR (CZR), 30 points

8. Jenzer Motorsport (SUI), 29 points

 

Live streaming will be available on www.eurosport.com  and www.formulamaster.net

As an exciting new single-seater series, IFM offers young, aspiring drivers the chance to prove themselves on an international stage (as it is part of the FIA World Touring Car Championship race weekend package), training and preparing them for the highest echelons of single-seater racing in front of a global TV audience provided by Eurosport.

Featuring N.Technologyís Formula S2000 race car with electric gearshift and clutch paddles and advanced aerodynamics, the car weighs just 550kg including the driver and runs on control tyres by Yokohama. It has already secured 2008 FIA homologation approval Ė a world first Ė and has generated excitement from all sectors thanks to its dynamic styling, light-weight body and powerful engine.

- RSM -

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26.08.2007 / MaP

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