AP: Jazeman Jaafar Shanghai summary

Jazeman takes another win and podium to extend his lead Malaysian teenager Jazeman Jaafar (CIMB Team Qi-Meritus) took a well-earned victory in race one from Indonesia's Zahir Ali (20/Team TARADTM) to retain his place at the top of the...

Jazeman takes another win and podium to extend his lead

Malaysian teenager Jazeman Jaafar (CIMB Team Qi-Meritus) took a well-earned victory in race one from Indonesia's Zahir Ali (20/Team TARADTM) to retain his place at the top of the drivers' championship. In race two he finished second on the podium behind Sebastian Saavedra of Colombia (17/Ao's Racing) after a half wet - half dry race, run prior to the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix.

Jazeman's win yesterday kept him the lead of the Championship while CIMB Team Qi-Meritus have clinched the team championship win with four races of the 2007 season still to go. Malaysia tops the national table ahead of Thailand and Indonesia. Jazeman's result extends his points lead in the drivers' chase to 66 points.

Jazeman Jaafar commented: "I had a stunning weekend, taking a win in the first race and second in race two, and I earned the maximum points I could expect from the two races. Yesterday, I started from pole and was leading until the chequered flag. Today, the track was wet and I got away well off the grid. The race was interesting today, I made sure to get a good start and pushed hard all the way without risking any silly mistakes. I even lost the car and went off, nearly crashing but managed to bring the car back and everything was ok again. It was in fact half dry and half wet all the way. We had a very good set-up, which helped me a lot. It was a good race and a tough battle with Sebastian Saavedra. I am really satisfied with our performance this weekend, especially at this very technical circuit. I pushed so hard that my tyres are horribly burnt. Anyway, I am pleased to have done a good job in a curtain raising race in front of the F1 paddock. I want to thank my team for their dedication. They did a fantastic job. I am looking forward to my next race in Zhuhai and hope that I'll have the same opportunity again."

Peter Thompson, team principal, Meritus: "Jazeman did a great job and brought home maximum score and increased his lead in the driver series. These points helped the team to clinch the team championship for fifth year. The fact that our six drivers finished in the top toped out the week-end. The weekend was a memorable one for all the Formula BMW Juniors and Jazeman as they had the chance to meet a number of F1 celebrities: From drivers Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica, the BMW's F1 test driver Timo Glock and the engineers in the garage to many others who came to our garage after the race."

Team Meritus has made the final steps towards clinching the championship 2007. Jazeman is also leading the driver's championship. It is a positive way to travel to Zhuhai for the last race of the championship.

Formula BMW Asia travels to Zhuhai in Southern China for the final four rounds of the 2007 season on November 3 and 4.

-credit: meritusracing.com

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Robert Kubica , Timo Glock , Sebastian Saavedra , Jazeman Jaafar , Zahir Ali