Millville: Markus Niemela race report

Another podium finish for Markus Niemela The 9th race weekend of the 2008 Formula Atlantic Championship took place in New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday, September 15th . Finnish driver Markus Niemela , driving for Brooks Associates Racing,...

Another podium finish for Markus Niemela

The 9th race weekend of the 2008 Formula Atlantic Championship took place in New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday, September 15th . Finnish driver Markus Niemela , driving for Brooks Associates Racing, finished 2nd in the race and closed the gap to the Championship leader, Jonathan Bomarito, by 14 points.

The newly completed New Jersey track together with over 90 degree Fahrenheit temperature and stiffling humidity brought additional obstacles for teams and drivers to cope with.

Markus Niemela: "Race was really hot. This weekend was close to all time record for the date in New Jersey and abnormal humidity didn't make it feel any easier. Everything worked without big problems for us over the weekend; I qualified 2nd and finished 2nd in the race. Race winner Carl Skerlong and his team were really fast straight from the first practice and we managed to close the gap throughout the weekend but didn't quite catch them. The race itself went without great drama from start to finish. My only big issue was that my radio stopped working 13 minutes in to the race. Last thing I heard in my radio was that I had the fastest lap and there was over 10 second gap behind me. After that I had no idea what was happening and how the others behind me were doing."

After the New Jersey race Jonathan Bomarito still holds the championship lead with 204 points, Jonathan Summerton is 2nd with 188 points and Niemela 3rd with 182 points with two more races to go in the championship.

Next Formula Atlantic race will be held in Salt Lake City 21st September.

-credit: mnr

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jonathan Bomarito , Jonathan Summerton , Markus Niemela