Brundle’s hopes fade

Alex Brundle's hopes of capturing the FIA Formula Two title appear to have faded after the local racer was knocked out of the first of two races at the Nurburgring.

'I'm trying to remain as upbeat as possible but I have to accept the leaders are now going to be difficult to beat,' said a disappointed Brundle, who ended the weekend 100 points behind leader Mirko Bortolotti.

'That was a messy race where few of the top drivers scored well, apart from Bortolotti and Christopher Zanella who just seem to be having all the luck.'

The weekend started well for the King's Lynn racer with fourth on the grid for the opening race, but it was soon to turn sour after an early collision with rival Will Bratt, in what Brundle described as an 'unnecessary shunt'.

The pair were disputing fourth place until a collision at the final corner on the German circuit damaged the local racer's front suspension leaving a wheel askew.

Brundle was again in the wars in race two when light contact with Johannes Theobald saw the latter barrel roll out of the race without injury. The local racer was attempting to dislodge Theobald from fifth when the two made light contact at the Veedol Chicane and the resulting incident saw the safety car deployed for the first time in the series.

When racing resumed Brundle piled pressure on the fourth placed driver without success, leaving him a long way from his intended goal.

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