Axcil Jefferies and Ilyas take maiden wins at Sepang
30.05.2009: Formula BMW Pacific Rookies Axcil Jefferies (ZIM/15/Eurasia Motorsport) and Fahmi Ilyas (MAS/17/E-Rain Racing) took their first series victories in Rounds 3 and 4 respectively at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit today.
Formula BMW Pacific Rounds 3 and 4 Results.
Formula BMW Pacific Rookies Axcil Jefferies (ZIM/15/Eurasia Motorsport) and Fahmi Ilyas (MAS/17/E-Rain Racing) took their first series victories in Rounds 3 and 4 respectively at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit today.
Formula BMW Junior Jefferies needed just one overtaking manoeuvre to secure his win, while Ilyas jumped three positions to go from fourth on the grid to first in Round 4.
Putting in a solid performance was Ireland’s Gary Thompson (16/E-Rain Racing) who finished second in both races. Thompson continues to lead both the Drivers Classification and the Rookie Cup standings. Rounding out the podium in Round 3 was Akhil Khushlani (IND/19/E-Rain Racing) and, in Round 4, Indonesian Rio Haryanto (16/Questnet Team Qi-Meritus).
While Jefferies managed a fourth-place finish in Round 4, Formula BMW Juniors Chris Wootton (AUS/20/Eurasia Motorsport) and Steel Guiliana (AUS/17/Atlantic Racing Team) were not as fortunate. Guiliana continued to improve, finishing 10th and 9th. Double pole-sitter Wootton had two incidents, one of which ended his race in Round 4.
To win his first Formula BMW Pacific race, Jefferies got by team mate Wootton at the first corner of the opening lap of the 10-lap race.
“It was my first time to be in the position to have an opportunity to win,” Jefferies said. “I wanted to push very hard. Luckily I managed to break away and even though Gary (Thompson) came close near the end, I knew I had the car to win.”
Ilyas had a reversal of fortunes in the two races. In Round 3, a racing incident put him back down the order, but he put all that behind him and took full advantage of his second row grid position for Round 4.
“In the second race, the car handled very well, I was able to brake later and could overtake three drivers,” Ilyas said. “Everyone said to forget about race 1 [Round 3] and to have a fresh start and I was able to do that.”
In Round 3, pole-sitter Wootton lost his pole advantage when team mate Jefferies overtook. Jefferies held the lead to the flag and, while Thompson came within three-tenths of a second, the Zimbabwean had pulled out a margin of almost a second at the line.
Wootton, whose strong qualifying had earlier left him on a high, finished 12th in Round 3 after an incident with Haryanto on the first corner of Lap 3.
Cao Hong Wei (CHN/16/Ao’s Racing Team) had his day end early after an incident in Round 3, and was unable to start the second race. Guest Driver Antonio Martinez (ESP/17/Eurasia Motorsport) worked his way up from the back of the grid into seventh place. In Round 4, Martinez would do the same, finishing sixth.
There was plenty of action in Round 4. On the first lap, Team Holzer PFX teammates Calvin Wong (MAS/17) and Muhamad Alif Jafri (MAS/17) had a coming together, ending both of their races and bringing out the Safety Car. In a separate incident on the first lap, Khushlani and Haryanto touched, ending the Indian driver’s race.
The cars were under the Safety Car until Lap 4. After the restart, pole-sitter Wootton continued to lead, while Ilyas and Thompson got by Jefferies, whose car had been damaged while under caution flags. Wootton, however, would have his race end when Ilyas made contact with the back of his car.
“I’m pretty devastated,” Wootton said. “During Round 4, I had a perfect start and then again after the Safety Car. The results put me a long way behind in the championship and a long way behind this weekend as I must start from the back of the grid for tomorrow’s races.”
Ilyas apologized for the incident. “He was braking very early at the first corner and I was going at full throttle on the racing line,” Ilyas said. “I feel so sorry, but there’s nothing I can do.”
Haryanto scored his podium finish by overtaking Jefferies on the final lap of the race.
Rounds 5 and 6 will take place Sunday at the Sepang International Circuit as part of the Asian Festival of Speed.
Formula BMW is the world’s leading entry-level series in formula racing. In 2009 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. Formula BMW will be regularly held in the support programme of Formula One. 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 five Formula BMW graduates: Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Sebastian Vettel, Sebastién Buemi and Timo Glock.
After setting his first pole position for both rounds of Formula BMW Pacific at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia this afternoon, Australian Formula BMW Junior, Chris Wootton has been left disappointed after being taken out in separate incidents in both events.The weiter >>
Formula BMW Pacific Rounds 3 and 4 Qualifying.
Formula BMW Junior Chris Wootton (AUS/20/Eurasia Motorsport) scored his first pole positions of the 2009 Formula BMW Pacific season today after qualifying with the two fastest times for both Rounds 3 and 4. weiter >>
Rio Haryanto has a simple dream for this weekend’s Formula BMW Pacific races – to be the championship leader when the next leg is held in Sentul, Indonesia, in July. The 16-year-old, who hails from Solo, in C weiter >>
Firhat Mokhzani (left) speaking to drivers Rio Haryanto (centre) and Dustin Sofyan after yesterday's tests at the Sepang International Circuit.Just like the proverbial tortoise, Meritus Racing believe the key to winning this weekend’s races at the Asian weiter >>
Australian Formula BMW Junior, Chris Wootton, took time out from his preparations for event two of the Formula BMW Pacific season to visit the North-Western New South Wales town of Moree recently and deliver motivational speeches to various groups in the town.Wootton visited an unemployed group in Moree, before heading to one of the local high schools. He spoke of his experiences as weiter >>
Preview Formula BMW Pacific Rounds 3 – 6Four thrilling races are on the cards at the next round of Formula BMW Pacific on May 30 – 31, as the series returns to Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit. After the 2009 season roared to life there last month at the 2009 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, the region’s most talent weiter >>
Chance of a lifetime for future stars.Formula BMW Pacific today announced details of its driver evaluation and Scholarship Trials for the 2010 season. From September 1 – 2, 2009, at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit, young karters from across the region are invited to take part in a professional training and assessment programme organised by weiter >>
The round 1 and 2 of the Formula BMW Pacific was held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on 4-5 April 2009. Indian drivers Aditya Patel (ART) & Akhil Khushlani (Team E-Rain) participated.Going in to round 1, Aditya was a bit worried as he had absolutely no testing and practice. It was straighaway in to the event. The Atlantic Racing Team decided go get going cautiou weiter >>
FORMULA BMW PACIFICRio Haryanto dominated the second race of the new Formula BMW Pacific to clinch his first ever victory in the series at Sepang International Circuit today.Driving for Malaysian team Meritus Racing, the 16-year-old Indonesian won by more than four seconds in a race which was delayed by nearly an hour due to torrential rain that fell bef weiter >>
Formula BMW Pacific Round 2 Results
Rio Haryanto (16/Questnet Team Qi-Meritus) proved skilful in a dramatic, shortened 5-lap race today, taking victory in Round 2 of Formula BMW Pacific at the 2009 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. Crossing the weiter >>
Australian Formula BMW Junior, Chris Wootton has scored his second consecutive runner up placing in Formula BMW Pacific, under changeable conditions today at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.The Brisbane-based 20-year-old exorcised yesterday’s startline demons and made a magnificent start – his lead out to around 15 car lengths as the field approached the final tur weiter >>
Formula BMW Pacific Round 1 ResultsIreland’s Gary Thompson (16/E-Rain Racing) took victory in the opening round of the 2009 Formula BMW Pacific season today, after a superb 10-lap race run in support of the 2009 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix and in which the entire field of young drivers impressed.Second was Australian Chris Wootton (20/Eurasia Motorsport weiter >>
Round 1: Formula BMW Pacific Sepang International Circuit, MalaysiaPlacing: 2nd Chris Wootton has shown some true Aussie determination this afternoon in Round 1 of Formula BMW Pacific, overcoming an aerodynamic deficiency to finish second at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia.After yesterday qualifying second – missing pole positio weiter >>
Formula BMW PacificFormula BMW Pacific rookie Gary Thompson (16/IRL/E-Rain Racing) stormed to pole position for both opening rounds of the series at the 2009 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix today. Thompson was unbeatable throughout the 25 minute session, despite the best efforts of Australian Chris Wootton (20/Eurasia Motorsport), with the pair’s best laps weiter >>
A talented and ambitious group of young racing drivers will line up on the grid for the start of the 2009 Formula BMW Pacific season this weekend. Increasingly international in its breadth, the entrants come to the Pacific series from all over the world – Asia, Australia, India, Africa and Europe. For many fledging motorsport professionals, competing in Formula BMW Pacific is weiter >>
As most of Australian motorsport has its attention to the Formula 1™ ING Australian Grand Prix this weekend, Australia’s Formula BMW Junior – Chris Wootton – heads to Malaysia to finalise preparations for his quest to become the Formula BMW Pacific Champion.The 20-year-old will arrive in the humidity of Kuala Lumpur for final testing across the Australian Gra weiter >>
Australia’s Formula BMW Junior – Chris Wootton – will this week join his new team for official testing at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia, having signed with Eurasia Motorsport for the 2009 Formula BMW Pacific season.Eurasia is the only Asian team to have had a weiter >>
20-year-old Queenslander, Chris Wootton has been announced as one of just three drivers to be granted a $100,000-plus (AUD) scholarship to compete in the Formula BMW Pacific Series that runs throughout Asia – catapulting him into the weiter >>
Fresh faces and Rookie star are new season’s Formula BMW Juniors.Formula BMW Pacific has announced the names of its three scholarship winners for the 2009 season, each of whom will receive a 50,000 Euro cash contribution to their campaign in Asia’s premier entry-level series, plus participation in the powerful and proven Education & Coaching weiter >>
Asia’s most successful racing team, Meritus, have discovered two new talents from Indonesia who are set to maintain the team’s winning tradition in this year’s Formula BMW Asia Championship.Rio Haryanto, 16 weiter >>
Mihai Marinescu (ROM/19/Motaworld) won the spectacular Formula BMW Pacific season-closer at the Macau Grand Prix today, claiming victory in the series’ first ever race on the famous Guia Circuit. Second was teammate Michael Christensen (DEN/18), and tak weiter >>
Opportunity knocks for fledgling racers.
Having just crowned 2007 scholarship winner Ross Jamison (18/HKG/Meritus) as this year’s Formula BMW Pacific champion, the search is now on to find the next crop of talented youngsters to follow in his footsteps.
Fledgling racing drivers will have the opportunity to compete for one of four prestigious scholarships fo weiter >>
Taking it down to the wire, Gianmarco Raimondo secured the Formula BMW Americas Rookie Championship with a fifth-place finish in the final race of the season. The seventeen-year-old St. Catharines, Ontario native lead the championship from the first r weiter >>
Preview – Round 16, Guia Circuit, Macau, China, November 13-16.
For the first time in history, Formula BMW Pacific will race on the legendary Guia street circuit as part of the Macau Grand Prix next month. With the 2008 driver championship and the Rookie Cup both decided in Shanghai, the slate has been wiped clean and the focus will be purely on seeing which of the weiter >>
BMW Pacific Rounds 14
A hard-fought podium finish in Round 14 gave Hong Kong’s Ross Jamison (18/Meritus) the 2008 Formula BMW Pacific Driver championship at the Shanghai International Circuit today.
As Team Meritus crowned third place finisher Ross Jamison as the 2008 Formula BMW Pacific Champion, team mate Simon Moss won today's first race after starting alongside the pole positioned Jamison. The team secured the points to win with two rounds remaining. This is the 13th title for Meritus in Formula BMW Pacific.
Romania weiter >>
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 weiter >>
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 >>