AP: Meritus Racing Bira preview

Lee Heads to Thailand to Continue his Championship Charge Formula BMW Asia series leader Marchy Lee Yin-Kin (HKG) is heading to the Bira circuit in Pattaya, Thailand, for rounds 5 & 6 of the championship, after having won all 4 rounds so far....

Lee Heads to Thailand to Continue his Championship Charge

Formula BMW Asia series leader Marchy Lee Yin-Kin (HKG) is heading to the Bira circuit in Pattaya, Thailand, for rounds 5 & 6 of the championship, after having won all 4 rounds so far. The Team Meritus driver will be joined by his Moroccan team mate Mehdi Bennani, who is hungry for more racing after his second place finish behind Marchy in round 4 at Sepang, Malaysia.

Meritus' other regular driver, young Malaysian rookie Nik Iruwan will be under considerably less pressure this weekend (July 10-11, 2004), after trying his hardest to put on a good show for his home fans in the previous two rounds. This should allow the youngster to concentrate more on his racing, as he makes steady progress during his first ever season of car racing after great success in karts.

Following a disastrous weekend of racing in Asian Formula Renault at the Shanghai Circuit, China - due mainly to Meritus' containers being stuck in customs - Marchy is keen to get back into the groove of leading the pack.

"Our containers should have arrived at the circuit already, so everything should be proceeding as planned! I'm looking forward to getting back into the Formula BMW, and learning the Bira track as quickly as possible," said Lee. This is the Chinese driver's first visit to this circuit, whereas several of his competitors raced here during the 2003 Formula BMW Asia series. Nevertheless Marchy and his team mates have plenty of winning experience to help them find the best setup possible, as Meritus dominated last year's event here with a 1-2-3 and a 1-2.

"I'm anxious to get on track to start learning the corners, but I know that we will already have a very good setup right from the beginning based on Meritus' data from last year. Then it will be up to us [drivers] to fine tune the setup for this year's conditions," said Bennani.

"I really enjoyed racing in front of my home crowd at the last event [at Sepang], but it made it quite hard to focus on my racing. This weekend I will be in the pits with the team the whole time, and I hope to make even bigger steps this time around," said Iruwan.

When asked about continuing his untarnished record so far, Marchy responded; "of course it would be great to keep winning, but this is motor racing, and anything can happen. All we can do is try our best, and see what happens on Sunday. I feel very confident about the event, and I'm looking forward to some great racing!"

Team Meritus boss Peter Thompson is also looking forward to the upcoming race. "After our nightmare weekend in Shanghai, and looking back at our clean-sweep here last year, I have a good feeling about this event, and I know that our drivers and the rest of the team will deliver some great results," said Thompson.

-www.MeritusRacing.com

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Mehdi Bennani , Marchy Lee