The "Valencia Street Circuit" celebrated a successful premiere -- the first street race in the history of Formula BMW in Europe. In two exciting races, with many overtaking manoeuvres, Esteban Gutierrez (MX and Tiago Geronimi (BR) took the checkered flag. In the meantime, in Formula BMW Americas, Alexander Rossi (US) took on the role of favourite for the drivers' title following success at Road Atlanta.
Geronimi and Gutierrez win in Valencia.
The debut of the "Valencia Street Circuit" provided Formula BMW with an exciting race, with thrilling battles for position from the first to the final lap. Overall leader Esteban Gutierrez (MX) put Tiago Geronimi (BR) under extreme pressure throughout the entire race, but the Brazilian managed to keep his nose ahead right up to the finish. Geronimi was thrilled by his victory at the first city race in the history of Formula BMW in Europe: "I'm over the moon about my first win. The first thing I have to do after the press conference is phone my father Luigi in Brazil. He will be incredibly happy about my win."
On Sunday, as part of the support programme for Formula One's European Grand Prix, it was Gutierrez's turn to celebrate. In front of big crowds, the Mexican once again showed his ability, claiming victory ahead of Marco Wittmann (DE) and Kevin Breysse (FR). The race was aborted on lap eight out of ten after a crash involving Kyle Mitchell (ZA). As the leader had already started lap nine by this point, the rules specify that the positions as of lap eight are taken to be the final race result. Gutierrez continues to lead the drivers' championship on 305 points. Wittmann follows with 238 points, ahead of Daniel Juncadella (ES, 216) and Adrien Tambay (FR, 216) who are tied for third place.
Rossi strengthens lead in Formula BMW Americas.
The Formula BMW Americas race weekend at Road America was right up Alexander Rossi's (US) street. The 16-year-old driver from California won two of the three races at the American circuit, extending his lead at the top of the drivers' championship. With six wins to his name, Rossi is also the driver with the most race victories in Formula BMW Americas. Rossi's fiercest rival for the overall victory in the junior racing series is still Ricardo Favoretto (BR), who now lies 32 points behind the American on 133 points.
One of Rossi's biggest rivals in this season's races ten two twelve was a guest starter from Formula BMW Europe: Adrien Tambay (FR), who was racing non-competitively, could be pleased with a victory and two second place finishes. "It was an amazing race. >From fifth on the grid to my first win in America!" said the delighted Frenchman after his victory. "Three times on the podium and one win --what can I say? It was the perfect weekend."
While Tambay returns to Formula BMW Europe after his appearances in the USA, the American junior series continues on 27th and 28th September at the Thunderbolt Raceway.
Formula BMW Pacific celebrates circuit premiere in Singapore.
A very special highlight on the race calendar awaits the drivers in the Formula BMW Pacific series. The junior series lines up on 27th and 28th September as part of the programme for the Singapore Grand Prix. The youngsters will not only share the circuit with their role models from Formula One, but will also be part of the premiere of the "Singapore Street Circuit", the venue for the first night race in the history of Formula One. The circuit will be lit by 1500 spotlights with a total output of 3,180,000 watts. About 110km of cables will be laid around the circuit, which runs right through the city.
Going into races 12 and 13 of the season, Ross Jamison from Hong Kong leads the drivers' championship on 150 points. Sean McDonagh (US), with 128 points, is currently Jamison's fiercest rival for the title. After eleven races, South Africa's Simon Moss is lurking behind the leaders on 90 points.
54 participants on the Formula BMW licence courses in Valencia.
August saw more than 50 junior drivers meet in the Formula BMW Racing Center, in Valencia, to prepare for the next step along their motorsport career. The step from karting to Formula racing. The Formula BMW licence courses at the "Circuit de la Comunitat" offer the perfect conditions.
With experienced instructors like Joerg Mueller, who is doing battle for the BMW Team Germany in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, the young drivers took their first steps in the FB02 -- the car used in Formula BMW. No less than 30 candidates for Formula BMW Europe and 24 applicants for Formula BMW Americas put their talent on display over two days at the Spanish circuit. The list of applicants once again demonstrates just how international the junior racing series is. The 24 starters from the Formula BMW Americas region represent 13 countries, including Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Cuba. The best participants from the Formula BMW licence courses can look forward to an invitation to a Formula BMW scholarship course. These include Jack Te Braak (NL), the newly crowned German Kart Champion.
Formula BMW on 194 channels.
With series in Europe, America and the Pacific, Formula BMW is pretty much represented around the entire globe. Drivers from every continent clash in the three international racing series. However, the international orientation of Formula BMW is not only reflected on the circuit, but also in the media presence for the junior series.
The Formula BMW races are shown live or in highlights programmes on televisions in no less than 176 countries. 194 different TV stations show the series, while the races are broadcast in 31 languages. Motorsport fans from Hong Kong and the Lebanon have the largest range of options for following Formula BMW on television. They can watch the races on eleven channels. In the USA, the races are broadcast on eleven channels. The largest media presence of the three Formula BMW series is enjoyed by Formula BMW Pacific, which guarantees regular TV broadcasts, thanks in part to the series being embedded in the popular Asian Festival of Speed.
Journalists change sides for Formula BMW.
Last weekend, 25 motorsport and lifestyle journalists from nine countries, as well as lucky winners from a German radio station and a Munich-based newspaper, were given the chance to view Formula BMW from a completely different angle. As part of the Formula One European Grand Prix, which also hosted Formula BMW Europe races, they experienced some thrilling taster laps of the "Circuit Valenciana Ricardo Tormo", the permanent racetrack and Formula One test circuit, in an FB02.
The many media representatives, including journalists from Italian GQ, Polsat, Autosprint, Daily Express, Bild-Zeitung, as well as ORF reporter Heinz Prueller and the German pit lane expert Kai Ebel, were in the best of hands during their test drives at the Spanish circuit. The racing newcomers were offered valuable advice from Augusto Farfus, who represents BMW Team Germany in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, as well as Formula BMW drivers David Mengesdorf (DE), Jazeman Jaafar (MY), Mihai Marinescu (RO) and Adrien Tambay (FR).
Formula BMW Careers: Ho-Pin Tung.
If motorsport were an Olympic discipline, then it is likely that Ho-Pin Tung (CN) would have represented his homeland of China at the games in Beijing. The Chinese has become one of the big names in international motorsport. The 25-year-old took his first steps in Formula BMW Asia -- the forerunner of today's Formula BMW Pacific.
Tung made his mark on the Asian junior series in his debut year in 2003. With ten victories and twelve podium finishes from 14 races, Tung quickly caught the attention of the motorsport press and can still boast a place in the racing series' record books. He claimed a convincing victory in the drivers' championship. A special highlight awaited him at the end of the season: he was the first Chinese to take a Formula One test drive, having been offered the opportunity by the BMW WilliamsF1 Team.
After three years in Formula 3, in which he won the 2006 German Championship, Tung switched to the GP2 series in 2007 and is still racing there this season. With seven points from 14 races, Tung is currently in 14th place out of 34 drivers. His greatest success so far came at the season highlight in Monaco, where he stepped onto the podium as runner-up.