Brook Johnston Makes A Strong Comeback To Win In Germany!

Maximo GarateCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2008

Sauber Red Bull Racing driver Brook Johnston won Round 7 of the Formula BMW International series in Nurburg, Germany.

Considered one of the world's most difficult circuits, the Nurburgring displays a tremendous amount of terrain change and corner variations, giving the track a high speed death threat that Johnston handled with ease.

The 20-year-old American driver made a significant comeback after a huge accident just two weeks ago before the Italian tour to Monza.

Starting from the pole position acquired in Saturday's close qualifying session, Johnston managed to prove the European crowd wrong once again.

The American, who plans on testing for Scuderia Toro Rosso's Formula One program in late August, was heavily downplayed due to the injuries and talk of an unfinished season at hand.

However, just as he as done before, Johnston put out a fantastic drive, posting the race's fastest lap times to pull away from second-place finisher Cole Collier of Team Euronazionale.

This win solidifies Johnston's chances at the Formula BMW International Championship, yet he is closely followed by Collier, who is just six points behind due to a tremendous win at Monza.

Third place finisher was Sauber Red Bull teammate Matt Jaskel, who remains in third in the championship standings.

Earlier this week, Jaskel broke the Valencia Circuit track record for the fastest lap time recorded in a Formula BMW car, which was previously held by Johnston. 

Sunday's race at the Nurburgring consisted of perfectly warm weather with a slight breeze, just enough to enforce some extra wing adjustments on the cars for the high-speed straights.

The race started off with Johnston, Collier and Jaskel and finished with the same results. That is the same position of the driver's standings. Could this be an omen?

With three races left in the series and the change of events that's been occurring, anything can happen at this point.

Although the race didn't produce any position changes in the top five, there was a constant battle all race long for seventh and eighth from Hideki Mato and Carlos Gutierrez.

They gave the German crowd an assortment of lead changes all race long. Gutierrez placed seventh, with Mato running into suspension problems later in the race to place with a DNF. The fastest lap time of the race went to Johnston , who posting a time of 2:33.44 on lap 28. 

While the German Grand Prix marks the last event held in Europe this month before heading over to Brazil, the support for the series has grown tremendously as expected.

The chase for the championship also remains very close, giving the fans some very sensational racing and an opportunity to witness some up and coming drivers from each country.

Johnston's win put him into a very secure position going into the Brazilian race for Round 8, although he still has some very severe injuries to deal with according to Sauber Red Bull Racing.

The Autobahn Racing News of Germany had asked Johnston whether or not the injury had affected his performance in any way at the race today.

Johnston responded with a smile, "I definitely felt the injuries, and it was much tougher than usual to drive the car. I think I managed just fine, though, wouldn't you say? I took home the win and the fastest lap time today. Not a bad day's work!"

The very confident American couldn't have put it any better, and his aggressive talent has taken Europe by storm in many open-wheel series.

While the public keeps its eye on Johnston's efforts, there are still plenty of points to be dealt with. With Canada's Cole Collier looking eager for a championship, Sauber Red Bull Racing told the press that they must focus very hard on getting Johnston back to 100 percent health-wise and motivating Jaskel to go after the points.

As the championship winds down, there is still much work to be done and much to defend for Johnston going into Round 8.