AP: Round 13 race report

Lee notches up win number eleven. October 17, 2004 -- Taebaek, Korea - Continuing his unbeatable form, Marchy Lee (HKG/Team Meritus) notched up another victory today in Round 13 of Formula BMW Asia, with a perfect performance from pole to ...

Lee notches up win number eleven.

October 17, 2004 -- Taebaek, Korea - Continuing his unbeatable form, Marchy Lee (HKG/Team Meritus) notched up another victory today in Round 13 of Formula BMW Asia, with a perfect performance from pole to chequered flag. However, it was also a winning race for the Belgravia Motorsport team who grabbed the remaining two podium spots.

Rookie Cup driver Hamed Al Fardan (BRN), 17, continued his marked improvement in form, taking the runner-up spot for the second time this season after this superb performance in Shanghai last month. Team mate Hanss Lin Po Heng (TPE) took the remaining podium place. Lin was full of praise for Al Fardan saying: "He drove really hard. It's a very good day for our team!"

Tyson Sy (PHI/Minardi Team Asia) was back on form for the race, finishing 4th having qualified 6th and taking team mate Dado Pena (PHI) on the opening lap.

It was a disappointing race for the two Korean drivers, You Kyong-Ouk (BMW Korea E-Rain) and Ken Lee Kook-Hyun (E-Rain), when a procedural miscalculation by the team meant the two had to start the 20-lap race from pit lane. However, in a sterling example of his undoubted talent, the 24- year-old You determinedly charged through the field to finish 7th overall and top BMW Junior driver.

You retains his position on the leaderboard behind 2004 champion Lee, and the runner-up spot could go to any one of the top three drivers.

Despite Al Fardan's 2nd place overall finish, BMW Junior Robert T Boughey (THA/Minardi Team Asia) still holds second position in the Rookie Cup standings behind Mehdi Bennani (MOR/Team Meritus) who has already clinched the championship. Boughey and Bennani had a coming together in the early stages of the race, but Boughey put in a spirited performance, despite a broken wing, to finish 9th overall.

Later today, the Formula BMW Asia drivers will take to the track for the last time this season with Round 14 of the series run again over 20-laps of the 2.5km Taebaek Circuit.

And, as this season was drawing to a close, the series was already looking ahead to the future as a group of Korean youngsters were given a comprehensive introduction to Formula BMW Asia. Five young karters were invited to Taebaek Circuit today where they were given a fitness test, an introduction to the Formula BMW, an overview of the series - and finally a chance to get behind the wheel of the racing car itself.

-bmw.asia-

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Mehdi Bennani , Tyson Sy , Marchy Lee