Chris Van der Drift takes pole position at Oschersleben

25.08.2007: Chris Van der Drift takes pole position at Oschersleben

POLE POSITION FIRST FOR INTERNATIONAL FORMULA MASTER

Todayís International Formula Master (IFM) qualifying at Oschersleben saw a fierce battle for pole position as the Series enters its final stages.

The first half of the session was dominated by points leader, Jerome DíAmbrosio, but as the minutes ticked by drivers gained ground on the Belgian until J.D. Motorsportís Chris Van der Drift put in a stunning lap with four minutes to go.

His time of 1:22.073 in the Formula S2000 remained unbeaten for the rest of the 30-minute session giving the Dutch driver, who is currently sixth in the points, his  first-ever IFM pole position.

Behind him, the next 16 drivers were within one second of each other at the German track with some surprising results as title contender Kasper Andersen failed to put in a competitive time, ending down in 20th after a trip into the gravel.

Alan Racingís Pablo Sanchez Lopez also had a tough morning finishing 16th in the times. The result gives DíAmbrosio some breathing space as Sanchez Lopez is currently his closet rival in the title chase.

DíAmbrosio will start this afternoonís race from third on the grid behind Scuderia Famŗís Luca Persiani in second.

 

Chris Van der Drift, J.D. Motorsport "Qualifying today was the first time I could actually really drive the car properly because we didnít run the car properly yesterday morning and it was wet in the afternoon. I pushed really hard and Iím so happy to finally get my first pole position. We have the speed for sure for the race and, if I get a good start, Iím very confident to get a race win."

Luca Persiani, Scuderia Famŗ "I was second in Pau so Iím very happy to repeat that success. Today the car was perfect though and I could have improved on my time but there were yellow flags. We will have great race pace later on."

Jerome DíAmbrosio, Cram Competition "I was first for most of the early session on my new tyres. I tried to improve on my time but the second set of tyres didnít work that well. Iím still very happy to be third because I know we can go at least three-tenths quicker in the race. The team has done a fantastic job so far and I hope I can reward them with a victory later today."

 

International Formula Master Ė Oschersleben Provisional Qualifying (Round 11)

1. Chris Van der Drift (NED), J.D. Motorsport, 1:22.073

2. Luca Persiani (ITA), Scuderia Famŗ, 1:22.078

3. Jerome DíAmbrosio (BEL), Cram Competition, 1:22.121

4. Norbert Siedler (AUS), ADM Motorsport, 1:22.340

5. Salvatore Gatto (ITA), Promotorsport, 1:22.362

6. Rahel Frey (SWI), Jenzer Motorsport, 1:22.428

7. Marcello Puglisi (ITA), Promotorsport, 1:22.460

8. Arturo Llobell (ESP), Cram Competition, 1:22.567

Eurosportís coverage of IFMís sixth race weekend will begin Saturday 25 August with race one shown live at 12.15 on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Asia-Pacific with delayed coverage on Eurosport from 00.30 (CET) onwards. Race two on Sunday will be broadcasted live from 10.15 (CET) on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Asia-Pacific.

Live streaming will be available on http://e2ma.net/go/642708444/538700/18385190/goto:http:/www.eurosport.com/ and http://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.

 

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