EU: Series Valencia SC race 2 report

Two out of two for Harvey and Kvyat gets first Rookie win. Valencia, 27 June 2010. The weekend for Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsports) and Fahmi Ilyas (MY/DAMS) got better today as they both returned to the podium with them finishing first and...

Two out of two for Harvey and Kvyat gets first Rookie win.

Valencia, 27 June 2010. The weekend for Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsports) and Fahmi Ilyas (MY/DAMS) got better today as they both returned to the podium with them finishing first and third respectively in the second Formula BMW Europe race. Meanwhile, Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing) was happier as he joined them on the podium in second place, and it was a delighted Daniil Kvyat (RU/Eurointernational) who had his first Rookie win of the season.

From pole Harvey made another perfect start and stayed in front for all ten laps. From third on the grid Ilyas also got a good start, while Frijns, who had been second on the grid, dropped back a place. However, Côme Ledogar (FR/Eifelland Racing) was soon in the wars for the second day running as he was involved in a collision a few metres after the start, spun round, dropped to the back of the field and limped back to the pits and retirement.

Carlos Sainz (ES/Eurointernational) had to start from the back of the grid, so had a lot of work to do if he wanted to keep his hundred per cent record for Rookie wins. Unfortunately on the first lap he collided with his team-mate, Michael Lewis (US). While the American dropped to the back of the pack, Sainz was up to tenth by the end of the lap. He managed to get up to ninth, behind Kvyat, but then in the last part of the race started to drop back and ended up tenth and third Rookie behind Kvyat and Maciej Bernacik (PL/Mucke Motorsport).

One of the best battles of the race was for fourth between Facu Regalia (AR/Eifelland Racing) and Javier Tarancon (ES/DAMS). At the end of lap six the Argentinean was in front by 0.1secs, but on lap seven the Spaniard managed to go by and stayed there.

1st Round 6: Jack Harvey (GB/Fortec Motorsports): "It has been a perfect weekend. It is a street circuit, so every mistake gets punished. You have to concentrate more so than at other circuits so you don't hit the walls. Every race is difficult because there are a lot of good drivers out there just waiting for me to make a mistake. I am really happy with the win and also because it was my mum's birthday on Thursday so hello to her."

2nd Round 6: Robin Frijns (NL/Josef Kaufmann Racing): "The key point in racing is qualifying and I am not a qualifying king, and never was. In this race I lost one postion at the start and by the time I got to second Jack had already got a big gap so I could not close it. I am disappointed. I know I am fast as I did the quickest race lap yesterday, but always in qualifying there is something wrong with me. I am sure it is me as the car is okay, but I am just never on pole."

3rd Round 6: Fahmi Ilyas (MY/DAMS): "I was struggling a bit with the pace of my car at the beginning and then Robin was close behind me. There was no point blocking him as there was a big fight just behind him, and I knew if they caught up there would be a big mess. I tried to catch him and kept quite close to him. Before this weekend I had not finished a race at all, but now I am very happy and want to thank the DAMS team for making this all happen."

Top Rookie in Round 6: Daniil Kvyat (RU/Eurointernational): "This was a very good and interesting race. The start didn't go very well as I lost some positions due to collisions in front of me. I was very close to George on the last lap, but not close enough to overtake him. It was a nice race and thanks to the Eurointernational team as the car was very good."

-source: fbmw eu

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Michael Lewis , Facu Regalia , Jack Harvey , Côme Ledogar , Javier Tarancon , Robin Frijns , Fahmi Ilyas , Daniil Kvyat
Teams Mücke Motorsport , DAMS