Bleekemolen Stuns The A1GP Crowd
And Makes The Dunes Move!

Jeroen Bleekemolen has been doing great things in Spykers this year, and briefly in the DTM, but a last minute chance to drive the Dutch A1GP car at Zandvoort last weekend might be the turning point of his career.

Jos Verstappen must have his own reasons for not taking up the drive in the second year of the A1GP – but missed out on a chance to race in front of 75,000 crazy Dutch fans. Bleekemolen jumped at the chance, led the Feature Race by 20 seconds, in changing conditions, and came home an excellent fourth. His overtaking around his home track was a sight to behold.

The young Dutchman made his way to the front despite two pit stops, at the second of which he took on wets. The crowd cheered him on as if it was the World Cup (soccer), which it was in a way.

When the rain stopped, the Dutch car remained on wets, and was overtaken by three cars which had pitted for slicks, but it was still a very special performance.

Post-race, Jeroen Bleekemolen was lifted onto the shoulders of the A1 Team Netherlands mechanics, and the ensemble headed to the spectators in the main grandstand for a well deserved thank you. Bleekemolen climbed the fences, the public started singing and almost none of the locals were aware of the podium ceremony…

Well done Jan Lammers, and all the Dutch A1GP team.

“Just missing out on the podium was of course a pity but when you do a lap along the circuit with all those people and everyone is happy you can be only happy yourself,” said a deliriously happy Bleekemolen afterwards. “I could never have held on to third place, there was too much difference between the slicks and wet weather tyres. No matter how you look at it, it was a very good race. In the rain there is a little bit less noise and you drive a bit slower and I actually heard the people scream. That is so bizarre, when you overtake someone you see the whole dunes move. There was no way you could not miss that. Of course you are focused on your driving, but you do see everybody cheer.”

Jeroen Bleekemolen will be driving the Dutch car for the whole season.

 

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