All to race for as season climax approaches.
Preview - Rounds 14 and 15, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, October 17-19.
With just three races remaining of the Formula BMW Pacific 2008 season, the outcome of the two rounds in Shanghai next weekend have a potentially momentous effects on the overall results. After 13 rounds, one driver is in a position to clinch a title, another must perform perfectly if he is to keep his championship chances alive, and a duel in the Rookie Cup continues to excite.
These elements, combined with the five guest drivers wanting to gain experience on circuits in the Asia-Pacific region, make for another stirring entry list as Formula BMW Pacific races Rounds 14 and 15 in support of the 2008 Formula 1 Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix.
Formula BMW Pacific is no stranger to the Shanghai International Circuit and returns once again to the Formula 1 support programme. However, as the series moves closer to crowning a champion, the tension mounts.
Leading the Driver Classification is Ross Jamison (18/HKG/Meritus) who needs to earn just eight points in order to clinch the championship title ahead of Sean McDonagh (19/USA/Team E-Rain).
With 63 points on offer in Shanghai and at the season-closer at the Macau Grand Prix in November, McDonagh, who trails Jamison by 56 points, still has a mathematical chance of winning. Though the young American said he hasn’t given up, he acknowledged that he would have to be perfect and Jamison would have to falter dramatically.
For his part, Jamison has been driving with half a mind on winning the race and the other half focused on the bigger picture – winning the championship. After finishing second in the 2007 Rookie Cup, Jamison is eager to take the Driver Classification in his second season.
During the two Formula BMW Pacific races in Singapore, Jamison, who finished third and second in the races, said he was driving with the championship in mind and did not want to do anything that would ruin his title chances. That said the Hong Kong racer is looking to wrap up the championship in Shanghai so that he can focus on winning the final race on Macau’s daunting Guia Circuit.
Formula BMW Juniors Simon Moss (17/RSA/Mahara) and Chris Wootton (19/AUS/Meritus) continue their season-long pursuit of the Rookie Cup. Moss, currently fourth overall, has a 12-point edge over Wootton and while he will look to strengthen the gap, Wootton will attempt to turn the tables.
While the series’ regulars continue to battle for the Driver and the Rookie Cup titles, they are once again joined by the guest drivers Doru Sechelariu (15/ROM/Meritus), Ollie Millroy (18/GBR/Motaworld), Asad Rahman (17/UAE/Motaworld) and Rio Haryanto (15/IDN/Pacific Racing).
Though ineligible to score championship points, the guest drivers have certainly made an impact on the highly competitive series. Sechelariu, who just completed a season in Formula BMW Europe, won both races from lights to flag in Singapore while Millroy, who also came to the Pacific series after Formula BMW Europe, finished second in Round 12.
A new addition to the Formula BMW Pacific field for Shanghai is Mexican driver Alfonso "Picho" Toledano (19/Atlantic Racing). Toledano was a guest driver in the 2008 Formula BMW Americas season and, in 2006, finished second in a Chinese national open-wheel series.
Series’ driver Ryuichi Nara (20/JPN/Team E-Rain), who comes to Shanghai brimming with confidence after a strong performance in Singapore, has moved up to third overall in the Drivers Classification. Also buoyed by his Singapore success is Gabby Chaves (15/COL/Atlantic Racing) who clinched his second podium of the season in Singapore with an impressive performance.
Round 14 of Formula BMW Pacific will be held over 10 laps of the 5.451km Shanghai International Circuit on Saturday, October 18, with Round 15 to be run on Sunday.
Rookie Cup Winners: Moss (5); Stöckinger (3); Roslan (1); Wootton (3); Ang (1)
Formula BMW is the world’s leading entry-level series in formula racing. In 2008 the three Formula BMW series – Formula BMW Europe, Formula BMW Pacific and Formula BMW Americas – will be held in the key motor sport markets of Europe, pan-Asia and North and South America. The end of the year will see the Formula BMW World Final staged for the fourth time, this time at Mexico City’s "Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez" from the 5th to the 7th December. The winner will be granted the opportunity of a test drive with the BMW Sauber F1 Team.
Formula BMW will be held on the undercard of Formula One on 12 occasions. The series gives young racing talents the chance to enter professional motor sport in a safe racing car – the Formula BMW FB02.
The FB02 has been in use since season 2002. It is powered by a 140 hp BMW engine that takes it to a top speed of up to 230 km/h. It ranks among the safest vehicles in its category and exceeds the FIA safety regulations that govern this class of car. Innovations such as the FORS (Formula Rescue Seat) were developed by BMW Motorsport specifically for Formula BMW. Following Formula One, Formula BMW was the first single-seater series outside the US in which the HANS system was made mandatory.
Formula BMW drivers have the opportunity to take part in an Education and Coaching Programme that runs parallel with the racing season. The programme includes driver coaching at the races by professional race drivers, attending a Formula One test, fitness courses, tuition in driving technique and strategy, as well as seminars on sponsoring and sport management.
Among the 20 team drivers in this season’s Formula One, there are now four Formula BMW graduates: Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Sebastian Vettel and Timo Glock. The test and reserve drivers add three more to the tally, namely Christian Klien, Sebastien Buemi and Nicolas Hülkenberg.
In the words of BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen: "With our worldwide Formula BMW concept, we offer drivers and teams a platform which, in this format, is unprecedented in a junior series and which allows them to benefit from our Formula One involvement. Through Formula BMW the drivers are equipped with the tools they need to assert themselves successfully in the world of professional motor racing."
Doru Sechelariu (15/Meritus) completed a perfect weekend on the Marina Bay street circuit as the young Romanian won Round 13. He added a second trophy to his collection after taking victory in Round 12 yesterday, winn weiter >>
It was a momentous occasion for Doru Sechelariu (ROM/Meritus) as the fifteen-year-old became the first-ever race winner on the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
It was Sechelariu’s first-ever Formula BMW victory and the Romanian – who weiter >>
Malaysia's leading single seater racing team, Qi-Meritus, carved out a piece of history for themselves at the inaugural Singtel Singapore Grand Prix yesterday when their driver Doru Schelariu grabbed the chequered flag in the first-ever Formula weiter >>
Rounds 12 and 13 Qualifying Marina Bay, Singapore –
It was a day of firsts as Formula BMW Pacific made motorsport history when the field of 17 became the first cars to take to the brand-new Marina Bay street circuit. Later, in qualifying, guest driver Doru Sechelariu (18/ROM/Meritus) took his first-ever pole in a time of 2:21.843 for Round 12, with his second-fast weiter >>
Rounds 12 and 13, Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore, September 26-28.
The upcoming rounds of Formula BMW Pacific may well be the series’ most competitive to date as the drivers battle with their counterparts from Europe, making for both a large and internationally-inclusive entry. The series welcomes a number of exciting new drivers and teams for the two rounds, which weiter >>
Asia Racing Team (ART) Motorsports drivers will be aiming for some top results this weekend, as the 2008 Formula Asia 2.0 series continues at the Bira circuit in Thailand.
The Round 3 saw the ART Motorsports scoring the first double 2nd of the season, with Yoshitaka Kuroda and Rio Haryanto finishing on the podium. Rio Haryanto took his first victory in Asia Driver Cup at weiter >>
After their resounding success at the Sentul Circuit over the weekend, Malaysia's premier racing team TPC Qi-Meritus are well on track to sweep all four major Asian single-seater titles – in Formula BMW Pacific and Formula weiter >>
Malaysian team TPC Qi-Meritus capped a brilliant weekend in Indonesia when Earl Bamber and James Grunwell completed their second successive 1-2 finish in as many days in the Formula V6 Asia Championship which concluded at the Sen weiter >>
Round 11 Results Formula BMW Asia Pacific
Formula BMW Pacific points leader Ross Jamison (18/HKG/Meritus) put in a faultless performance to take Round 11, holding off determined Formula BMW Junior C weiter >>
Ross Jamison (18/HKG/Meritus) strengthened his position at the top of the championship leaderboard today by taking victory in Round 9 of Formula BMW Pacific at the Sentul International Circuit. Jamison’s Meritus team mate, Formula BMW Junior Chris Wootton weiter >>
Sean McDonagh (18/USA/Team E-Rain) recorded his second Formula BMW Pacific win today, taking victory in the 15-lap Round 8 at Indonesia’s Sentul International Circuit. In a perfect lights-to-flag run, McDonagh converted his pole position into an emphatic w weiter >>
Team E-Rain’s Sean McDonagh (19/USA) continued the superb form he showed during practice this week to take pole position for Rounds 8 and 9 of Formula BMW Pacific at Indonesia’s 3.960km Sentul International Circuit today.
Lining up alongside McDonagh for the start of both races will be overall points-leader Ross Jamison of weiter >>
Preview - Rounds 8-11, Sentul International Circuit, Indonesia, July 18-20.
As Formula BMW Pacific embarks on the second half of the 2008 season, Indonesia’s 3.960km Sentul International Circuit represents a new testing ground for the region’s fledgling talent. With the first seven rounds run on Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit, albeit on both the Grand Prix weiter >>
Formula BMW Pacific has announced the final round of the 2008 season will be run as part of the prestigious Macau Grand Prix from November 13 to 16, giving the region’s finest junior single seater racers a unique opportunity to tackle the legendary Guia street circuit.
In what will be an exciting opportunity to showcase the successful entry-level formula, the Formula BMW weiter >>
Round 7 Results.
Ryuichi Nara (19/JPN/Team E-Rain) notched up his second Formula BMW Pacific win in as many races today, when he took victory in Round 7. The Japanese ace was joined on the podium by two Formula BMW Junior drivers; Marlon Stöckinger of the Philippines (17/Eurasia Motorsport), and Australia’s Chris Wootton (19/Meritus).
For both Juniors, thi weiter >>
Formula BMW Junior Simon Moss (RSA/16/Mahara) strengthened his championship lead by taking victory in Round 3, his second win in three races, while pole-sitter Malaysia’s Melvin Moh (19/Team Holzer PFX) held off ferocious attacks from a determined Ryuichi Nara (JPN/19/Team E-Rain) to record weiter >>
Rounds 3 and 4 Qualifying.
Melvin Moh (19) gave Malaysia and his Petronas-backed Team Holzer PFX their first pole position of the season by setting the fastest time in qualifying for Round 3 of Formula BMW Pacific to be held tomorrow (Friday).
Currently 6th in the Driver Classification, the experience he gained competing in the Barcelona round of For weiter >>
Preview - Rounds 3-7, Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, May 15-18.
The quest to find the finest young single seater racer in Asia Pacific continues this month, with the next five races of the Formula BMW Pacific season held on two different configurations of weiter >>
Formula BMW Junior Simon Moss (16/RSA/Mahara) took an emphatic win today in Round 2 of Formula BMW Pacific at the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. Moss crossed the line ahead of winner of Round 1, Ross Jamison (HKG/18/Meritus) with a margin of just under a second. Team E-Rain’s Sean Mc weiter >>
March 23. 2008 Sepang, Malaysia
As most readers might know by now, Gabby's first race at the Sepang F1 Circuit was haunted by electrical gremlins, basically stopping his FBMW success temporarily. The crew worked diligently last night in conjunction with the weiter >>
Hong Kong’s Ross Jamison (17/Meritus) beat both the elements and his fellow drivers to take his first Formula BMW victory today in the opening round of Formula BMW Pacific at the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. Second across the line, after the race which was shortened to eight laps d weiter >>
First race, rain, electrical failure and a good push to finish his first Formula BMW Pacific race - this summons up what Gabby Chaves experienced today in the afternoon.
After the big question what tires to select, and having them changed twice at pre-gridding, f weiter >>
Having been for the third time on this fabulous Formula One track, Gabby Chaves showed that he is a definite force to reckon with. Atlantic Racing Team prepped the car as always with diligence and it paid off.
Qualifying was only a 20 minute on-track event, counting for both races this weekend, therefore speedy lapping was on the day's first priority. Unfortunately and t weiter >>
Kuala Lumpur - 20.March, 2008
Today's first open practice in the Formula BMW Pacific Series, being a support event for the second round of the Formula One event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was a pleasant surprise for one of the youngest participants in this important development series. Gabby Chaves was right out of the pitlane one of the quicker drivers. After the weiter >>
Japanese newcomer Ryuichi Nara (19/Team E-Rain) and Formula BMW Junior Simon Moss (16/RSA/Mahara) took a pole apiece for Rounds 1 and 2 of Formula BMW Pacific, which gets underway this weekend as an official support race to the Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix.
It was a good star weiter >>
Formula BMW Pacific
The field for the newly-titled Formula BMW Pacific more than lives up to its name with the most internationally-diverse grid so far. Drivers from no fewer than ten nations will line up for the start of the 17-round, 2008 season this weekend at the 2008 Formula 1™ Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix.
The three Formula BMW Juniors, each weiter >>
Atlantic Racing Team of Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada will once again spread its wings, announcing the participation in the Formula BMW Pacific Series with Gabby Chaves of Bogota, Colombia.
Gabby, as one of the youngest drivers in the FBMW Pacific series, participated until recently in the Skip Barber Racing School Regional Series. He has been known there as a strong front weiter >>
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course host Rounds 5/6
2008 Formula BMW Americas confirmed today the four young men who will receive BMW Junior scholarships for the 2008 season. They are Ricardo Favoretto, 19, of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Mikael Grenier, 15, of Quebec, Canada; Alexandre Ruiz, 16, of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Gianmarco Raimondo, 17, of St. Catherine, Ontario, Canada.
Gianmarco at Formula BMW course in Valencia, Spain
Formula BMW Americas today confirmed the Junior drivers to be awarded scholarships for the 2008 season. We are pleased to announce that seventeen year old Gianmarco has weiter >>
DAMS S.A.S. and Asia Racing Team (ART) Motorsport Ltd. are pleased to announce their cooperative joint venture with Pacific Rim Racing Limited by offering premier racing experiences in the Formula BMW Pacific Series, and Formula BMW scholarship training and testing services in Asia.
DAMS is seeking to develop weiter >>
Jacques Laffite discussing with Jazeman Jafaar at Shanghai F1 GP 2007 - photo Agnes Carlier
CIMB TEAM QI-MERITUS is pleased to announce that the appeals lodged with FASC against the decisions of the stewards at Zhuhai on 4 November, 2007 weiter >>
The newly-named Formula BMW Pacific has unveiled arguably its strongest calendar to date, with the region’s premier entry-level single seater series supporting no fewer than three rounds of the Formula One World Championship, and visiting five di weiter >>
Formula BMW Pacific Scholarship Trials.
Nineteen-year-old Australian Chris Wootton, Filipino-Swiss karter Marlon Stöckinger, 16, and South African Simon Moss, also 16, have each earned a Formula BMW Pacific scholarship following exhaustive trials held at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit from December 13 to 16. The trio earn the title of Formula BMW Juniors, weiter >>
Formula BMW Pacific
Asia Pacific’s premier entry-level single seater series has been renamed Formula BMW Pacific in recognition of its increasing popularity across the world’s most dynamic region.
Asia Pacific is witnessing extraordinary growth in the popularity of motorsport, with the addition of Singapore to the 2008 FIA Formula One World Champions weiter >>
Youngsters gear up for chance of a lifetime.
Twenty six fledgling racers, all aged between 16 and 21, are preparing to do battle this week to earn one of the three coveted scholarships on offer from BMW Motorsport. The scholarships include a cash contribution of 50,000 Euro (approximately 70,000 USD) towards a season in the region’s most professional and p weiter >>
Formula BMW World Final Valencia, Spain
Having joined Raikkonen Robertson Racing for the Formula BMW in Valencia, Spain, Australian youngster Sam Abay took no time making an immediate impression when the cars hit the track for the first time during Friday¹s practice sessions. Against the favoured German weiter >>
Formel BMW Weltfinale, Valencia / ESP (23. - 25. November 2007)
Mit Platz drei beendete der Leimener Jens Klingmann das hochwertig besetzte Formel BMW Weltfinale im spanischen Valencia. Damit beendete er eine grandiose Aufholjagd von Platz elf aus.
Als diesjähriger Meister weiter >>
Formula BMW World Final 2007
Philipp Eng (AUT) of Team Mücke Motorsport is the winner of the third Formula BMW World Final. At Valencia’s "Circuit de la Comunitat", the 17-year-old celebrated a dominant start to finish victory. His team-mate, Josef Král (CZE), crossed the line in second, but was later disqualified due to a technical infringement.
Bec weiter >>
Formel BMW Weltfinale 2007
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Philipp Eng (AUT) vom Team Mücke Motorsport hat das dritte Formel BMW Weltfinale gewonnen. Auf dem „Circuit de la Comunitat" feierte der 17-Jährige einen un weiter >>
– Philipp Eng gewinnt vor Josef Kral -
Foto vor Kral Disqualifikation
FORMEL BMW WELTFINALE
Riesenjubel am Sonntagnachmittag (25. November) beim ASL-Team Mücke Motorsport aus Berlin-Altglienicke: Der Rennstall aus der deutschen Hauptstadt feiert weiter >>
1. 33 Philipp Eng AUT Mucke-Motorsport 22 28:38.290 22 Laps
2. 34 Josef Kral CZE Mucke-Motorsport 22 28:42.068 3.7
3. 26 Marco Wittmann GER Josef Kaufmann Racing 22 28:47.518 9.2
4. 12 Jens Klingmann GER Eifelland Racing 22 28:52.350 14.0
5. 31 Jonathan Legris GBR Motaworld Racing 22 28:56.849 18.5
6. 14 Sebastián Saavedra COL Eifellan weiter >>
Formel BMW Weltfinale 2007
Mit dem Sieg im fünften von sechs Zwischenläufen auf dem „Circuit de la Comunitat" hat sich Philipp Eng (AUT) vom Team Mücke Motorsport am Vormittag die Poleposition für das Formel BMW Weltfinale gesichert.
In Heat 5 verwies der 17-Jährige Adrien Tamba weiter >>
1. 33 Philipp Eng AUT Mucke-Motorsport
2. 15 Daniel Morad CAN Eurointernational
3. 34 Josef Kral CZE Mucke-Motorsport
4. 31 Jonathan Legris GBR Motaworld Racing
5. 26 Marco Wittmann GER Josef Kaufmann Racing
6. 25 Kevin Mirocha GER Josef Kaufmann Racing
7. 9 Carlos Huertas COL Double R Racing
8. 14 Sebastián Saavedra weiter >>
1. 33 Philipp Eng AUT Mucke-Motorsport 2
2. 15 Daniel Morad CAN Eurointernational 3
3. 34 Josef Kral CZE Mucke-Motorsport 6
4. 31 Jonathan Legris GBR Motaworld Racing 12
5. 25 Kevin Mirocha GER Josef Kaufmann Racing 13
26 Marco Wittmann GER Josef Kaufmann Racing 13
7. 14 Sebastián Saavedra COL Eifelland Racing 15
9 Ca weiter >>