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Special achievement award for Ricciardo at DELL Formula BMW World Final Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Formula BMW Asia 2006 Rookie Cup runner-up, 17-year-old Daniel Ricciardo of Australia rounded off a brilliant debut season by not only finishing...

Special achievement award for Ricciardo at DELL Formula BMW World Final

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Formula BMW Asia 2006 Rookie Cup runner-up, 17-year-old Daniel Ricciardo of Australia rounded off a brilliant debut season by not only finishing in the top five in the DELL Formula BMW World Final, but also picking up the special achievement award in Valencia, Spain last month.

Ricciardo beat both the Formula BMW UK and USA series winners, to finish 5th in the race, demonstrating his undoubted talent as well as just how high the standard of racing in Asia Pacific is.

Organisers judged the Formula BMW Junior's performance throughout the weekend to be exceptional in sportsmanship and driving discipline and style, as well as his professionalism and commitment when working with the media. He also earned high praise for his excellent attitude towards his World Final team, Fortec Motorsport, fellow drivers and event organisers.

Commented Fortec's Formula BMW Team Manager Russel Dixon: "Daniel impressed the team with both his driving ability and approach to the World Final event. Although new to the team, he quickly settled in and found the pace to produce a very strong qualifying and race performance."

During the 2006 Formula BMW Asia season, which he campaigned with Eurasia Motorsport finishing third in the overall Driver Classification, Ricciardo had been a firm favourite with everyone involved and, as the leading drivers from all four Formula BMW series came together for the end-of-season show down, he was once again an immediate hit.

As Ricciardo, 2006 Formula BMW Asia champion Earl Bamber of New Zealand, and overall runner-up Sam Abay of Australia put the finishing touches to their plans for next season, a new crop of talented youngsters from across the region are signing up for the Scholarship trials on March 2 to 5 next year. Five scholarships, worth a total of 250.000 USD, are up for grabs for anyone between the ages of 15 and 21.

In addition to a financial contribution to the season which, under a new six-event standard season package price of 130.000 USD, will cover approximately one third of the costs for a year in what is recognised as the number one entry level formula, the Scholarship also includes a full year in the Education & Coaching Programme. As a Scholarship recipient in 2006, Ricciardo is a shining example of the effectiveness of the comprehensive training regime and how, over the course of a few months' intensive training, it can turn a Karter into a professional - and successful - racing driver.

-credit: bmw.asia

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Daniel Ricciardo , Sam Abay , Earl Bamber