AP: Meritus Racing Shanghai qualifying notes

Chinese Champion Marchy Lee Rules Qualifying at Chinese Grand Prix Chinese Champion Marchy LEE Yin-Kin completely dominated qualifying for the Formula BMW Asia race in support of the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix. The Monarch Lubricants Red Bull...

Chinese Champion Marchy Lee Rules Qualifying at Chinese Grand Prix

Chinese Champion Marchy LEE Yin-Kin completely dominated qualifying for the Formula BMW Asia race in support of the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix. The Monarch Lubricants Red Bull Team Meritus driver was the only driver to go under 2 minutes 13 seconds, and he was faster by almost 1.4 seconds, putting him on pole for both races this weekend.

Lee was thrilled with his performance, especially since he goal this weekend is to give the Chinese fans a Chinese racer to cheer for, at what he considers his home race. Lee has already won the Formula BMW Asia championship, even though there are 4 races to go.

"We had a very productive practice session in the morning, so the setup of the car was great in qualifying. I tried a few things in some of the corners, and improved, and the track was also getting quicker towards the end of the session, as the dust began to clear. I am in a good position for the race tomorrow, and I am determined to push for victory in front of my home crowd," said a delighted Lee.

Meritus also fielded 4 other cars, with Moroccan Bennani qualifying fifth and third for the two races, and young Malaysian Nik Iruwan eighth and fifth. Newcomers Tobia Kipper and Mark Patterson were in 16th and 14th respectively, as they got their first taste of the Formula BMW single seater.

Iruwan was please with his performance, as he felt he learned a lot on this challenging new track.

"This has been my best session in terms of improving my driving. I have been improving throughout the whole season, but I gained a lot of confidence by learning then controlling the corners in just 2 half-hour sessions," said Iruwan.

Kipper missed out on most of the morning practice session with a snapped throttle cable, but worked extra hard in qualifying to make up for it.

"I was quite frustrated this morning, but these things happen. You have to accept them and get on with it. It took me a few laps to settle in, but once I did my laptimes dropped rapidly. This is my first ever car race, and considering how challenging this circuit is, I'm very satisfied," said Kipper.

Lee has been a sensation this season, winning nine out of ten races so far. He plans to capitalize on this performance, and will be spending a lot of time in the F1 paddock over the weekend.

-www.MeritusRacing.com

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Mark Patterson , Marchy Lee