One-two finish for Bahrain in Thailand. Pattaya, Thailand - Salman Al Khalifa (BAH/Team E-Rain) got his championship bid right back on track today, taking a perfect pole to chequered flag victory in Round 6 of Formula BMW Asia. Right behind...
One-two finish for Bahrain in Thailand.
Pattaya, Thailand - Salman Al Khalifa (BAH/Team E-Rain) got his championship bid right back on track today, taking a perfect pole to chequered flag victory in Round 6 of Formula BMW Asia. Right behind him in second was fellow countryman, and winner of the previous round, Hamed Al Fardan (Team Meritus), repeating the pair's result in Round 3 in Malaysia in May. Third was BMW Junior, Michael Patrizi (AUS/Team Meritus), taking his second podium finish of the day.
The result strengthens Al Khalifa's hold on the championship leaderboard, giving him a lead of 22 points over second-placed Charlie-Ro Charlez (MAS/Team Meritus), with Al Fardan just four points adrift of the Malaysian in third, replacing Thailand's Robert Boughey (Team Meritus).
The weekend was a rollercoaster ride for Al Khalifa who had a disappointing qualifying session for Round 5, and failed to finish the race, took pole for Round 6 and didn't put a wheel wrong.
The 20-lap race was certainly eventful, and sadly not one to remember for Boughey, Thailand's only entry in the series. On the opening lap, Boughey got it badly wrong and hit the tyre wall while running in 5th. He emerged unhurt, but the red flag was brought out. At the re-start, Al Khalifa was once again away clear, and Al Fardan was unable to catch him despite his best efforts. Behind them, Patrizi took promising youngster and BMW Junior Armaan Ebrahim (IND/Team E-Rain), and held him off to the flag.
Third fastest Rookie was Charlie-Ro Charlez (MAS/Team Meritus).
Rounds 7 and 8 of Formula BMW Asia will be held at Beijing's Goldenport Circuit