BMW newsletter 2010-07-16

Harvey celebrates fifth victory, Sainz becomes first rookie to win. The Silverstone crowd was treated to a home win when Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsports) romped to his fifth victory of the Formula BMW Europe season. Following him over the...

Harvey celebrates fifth victory, Sainz becomes first rookie to win.

The Silverstone crowd was treated to a home win when Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsports) romped to his fifth victory of the Formula BMW Europe season. Following him over the line was Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing), while Carlos Sainz (ES/Eurointernational) completed the podium and was the leading Rookie for the sixth time in seven races. Things were to get even better for the Spaniard on Sunday: in the eighth round of the year, he claimed the first win of 2010 by a rookie driver. Frijns and Harvey finished second and third to round off a very successful weekend for each driver.

"It was quite a difficult race for me," said Sainz. "It is not easy to keep a constant gap with those guys behind me with a lot of experience. I want to thank the team and my family who are always there helping me. I am really, really happy as it was a perfect weekend for me." Local boy Harvey enjoyed a similarly positive couple of days and defended his lead the Drivers' Championship: "That was a great result. This is my home Grand Prix so it is probably the most special win I have ever had. We produced a great performance."

Formula BMW Europe back in Hockenheim.

As the German Grand Prix alternates between the Nuerburgring and Hockenheim for all but one of the Formula BMW Europe drivers the next races on the calendar will be on virgin territory. Facu Regalia (AR/Eifelland Racing) was a Rookie two years ago, but he is hoping to be fighting for a win when the series starts the second half of the season in Hockenheim.

He says: "In Germany there are two really nice tracks at the Nuerburgring and Hockenheim and I love both of them. Hockenheim is a really good track and I think one of my favourites in the championship. I think it will be a fun race as there are plenty of places to overtake and it is quite wide for this."

It will also be a baptism of fire for Indonesia's Dustin Sofyan. He is currently competing in Formula BMW Pacific, but will race in Germany as a guest driver for DAMS. He will actually be the second youngest driver on the grid as he turns 16 four days after the race.

Formula BMW Pacific returns to Okayama and Macau.

Teams and drivers in Formula BMW Pacific are gearing up for the next round of the title fight. On the card of the Asian Festival of Speed, the series will stage the inaugurating races at the new "Korean International Circuit" in Yeongam (KO), given the official track homologation by the FIA. The current leader Richard Bradley (SG) and his fellow competitors will then share the bill with the Formula One night race in Singapore.

The two remaining Formula BMW Pacific dates have now also been confirmed: on 30th and 31st October, two races will be held at the "Okayama International Circuit" in Japan as part of the support programme for the FIA World Touring Car Championship. As in previous years, the season finale will take place in Macau. The legendary "Guia Circuit" is also the stage for the traditional Formula 3 Grand Prix, the spectacular Motorcycle GP, and the final rounds of the WTCC, at which BMW Team RBM is aiming to be in with a fighting chance of winning the title.

Through the "Green Hell" in an FB02.

The Formula BMW Racing Experience will stop in the "Green Hell" on 3rd and 4th September 2010. Up to 40 participants will have the opportunity to experience the Nuerburgring-Nordschleife behind the wheel of the FB02 racing car as they complete two 150-kilometre outings on the legendary circuit.

You can find further information on this unique offer here.

Please note that a limited number of places are available, so book today to ensure you don't miss out. Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. You can find further information on this unique offer here.

Formula BMW alumni round-up.

- Five of the seven former Formula BMW drivers competing in the 2010 Formula One World Championship have picked up points over the course of the first ten races of the year. Sebastian Vettel (DE) is currently in fourth place in the Drivers' Championship on 121 points following victories in Kuala Lumpur (MY) and Valencia (ES). Nico Rosberg (DE) is a further 31 points back in sixth. Adrian Sutil (DE), Sebastien Buemi (CH) and Nico Huelkenberg (DE) have another 44 points between them, underlining the positive results achieved by Formula BMW graduates.

- Marcus Ericsson (SE) has won his first race in GP2. The 2007 winner of the Formula BMW UK Championship was the first across the line in Valencia (ES), just 0.833 seconds ahead of Giedo van der Garde (NL). The best-placed Formula BMW graduate in the Drivers' Championship after ten races remains Sam Bird (GB), who lies in sixth place on 22 points. In total, nine former Formula BMW drivers are racing in GP2 in 2010.

- Formula BMW alumni are dictating matters in the new GP3 championship: Esteban Gutierrez (MX) has won three races so far, while Alexander Rossi (US), Rio Haryanto (ID) and Daniel Morad (CA) have each climbed onto the top step of the podium on one occasion. Gutierrez leads the Drivers' Championship on 52 points, Rossi (26).

- Rene Rast (DE) is the most successful driver so far in this year's Porsche Supercup. The 23-year-old, who lined up in Formula BMW in 2005, has won four of the first six races of the year to take the overall lead with 106 points.

-source: bmw

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Nico Rosberg , Giedo van der Garde , Sebastian Vettel , Adrian Sutil , Sam Bird , Sébastien Buemi , Daniel Morad , Alexander Rossi , Esteban Gutierrez , René Rast , Marcus Ericsson , Facu Regalia , Jack Harvey , Robin Frijns , Rio Haryanto , Dustin Sofyan , Richard Bradley
Teams BMW Team RBM , DAMS