Team Apex Racing Drivers Continue Formula BMW Americas Progress at VIR Alton, VA (26 April 09)--Team Apex USA returned to Formula BMA Americas race action this weekend at Virginia International Raceway for rounds three and four of the 2009 ...
Team Apex Racing Drivers Continue Formula BMW Americas Progress at VIR
Alton, VA (26 April 09)--Team Apex USA returned to Formula BMA Americas race action this weekend at Virginia International Raceway for rounds three and four of the 2009 championship.
James Kovacic of Australia, Joao Horto of Brazil, and Marin Sala of Colombia comprise an international roster of Formula BMW Americas rookies for the team, which was looking to build on its position of 2nd in the championship entering the race weekend.
The 3.27-mile circuit is one that racers of all stripes enjoy, with the rural Virginia course offering slow corners, high-speed esses, and plenty of elevation changes to make a highly challenging and potentially satisfying lap every time out. The track arguably takes years to master, so the weekend was one that saw the three Apex Racing rookies looking to learn as quickly as possible, as many in the field already had experience on the track.
With a stout engineering staff and support coming from Team Apex's experienced driver coach, all three drivers made significant improvement every session of the weekend, highlighted by Kovacic taking a front-row qualifying position for the second race of the weekend.
In Saturday's race one of the weekend, Kovacic led the Apex runners with his fifth place finish, as Horto came home 6th and Sala finished 8th. The second race, held in high-temperature and low-grip conditions on Sunday afternoon, held even more promise as Apex runners lined up 2nd, 4th, and 6th. But the event saw more lessons learned for the young racers and at the checkered flag, it was Sala who led the Apex trio with his podium-threatening run to 4th, with Horto finishing in 7th as an incident saw Kovacic forced to accept an 8th place result.
"We were really hoping to come out of the race weekend with at least one of our drivers on the podium, particularly with the speed all three guys showed in qualifying for the second race," said Team Apex Director of Commercial Development David Hunt. "So looking at the results sheet is a bit of a disappointment, but on the other hand, for a track where none of the guys had even done a lap before this weekend, we have to be really pleased with how much progress the guys made through the weekend. They are all rookies, so you have to remember that they are still learning, but we were really encouraged by the improvement and the speed this weekend, so hopefully we can build on that at Miller and get back up on the podium."
The next event on the Formula BMW Americas schedule is the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix presented by the Grand and Little America Hotels at Miller Motorsports Park with the American Le Mans Series on May 16.