NA: Interlagos round 17 summary

2008 Formula BMW Americas champion Alexander Rossi (Eurointernational) took his second win of the weekend, and a record tenth victory of the season, this morning in Round 17. Starting from his tenth pole position of the season, Rossi, of Nevada ...

2008 Formula BMW Americas champion Alexander Rossi (Eurointernational) took his second win of the weekend, and a record tenth victory of the season, this morning in Round 17. Starting from his tenth pole position of the season, Rossi, of Nevada City, Calif., led all 14 laps around the 2.677-mile Interlagos circuit, to finish .889 seconds ahead of Formula BMW Europe driver Daniel Juncadella (Eurointernational), of Barcelona, Spain. Joining them on the podium was Rookie Luiz Felipe Nasr (Amir Nasr Racing) to cap an excellent first Formula BMW weekend for the 16-year old Brazilian.

Ricardo Favoretto (Autotecnica), after experiencing problems in qualifying that caused the 19-year old Brazilian to start last, kept his home town fans cheering by coming through the field to finish fourth.

Rookie and Formula BMW Junior Gianmarco Raimondo (Autotecnica), of St. Catherines, Ontario, finished fifth to capture the 2008 Rookie Championship. Raimondo's title is the second consecutive for Autotecnica after running Esteban Gutierrez to the Rookie championship last season. This is the third time a Canadian has won the Rookie title. In 2004, James Hinchcliffe won the inaugural Rookie championship. In 2006, Daniel Morad won, taking the overall championship the next season.

The three other contenders in the Rookie battle experienced problems today. Alexandre Ruiz (Apex-HBR Racing Team) finished ninth. Both Giancarlo Vilarinho (Eurointernational) and Mikael Grenier (Apex-HBR Racing Team) were not running at the end of the race. Contact with Raimondo on lap three had Grenier spinning off and a flat tire on lap eight ended Vilarinho's day.

Rookie Champion Raimondo said, "It was a really tight battle coming down to the final race of the 2008 Formula BMW Americas Championship. It was really tight race with Mikael. He pulled ahead on Saturday and I just focused on coming back. We got too close in corner eight and unfortunately he got the worse of it and I continued on with some damage, but drivable none the less. I am leaving now having done what I came to do. Being Rookie Champion is great and we are looking at options for next year maybe Formula BMW Europe or return here for the championship."

Rossi said, "Fantastic! No better way to finish the season than with a 1-2 sweep for EuroInternational. I have to thank the team. I had the perfect car all weekend. The race was a lot tougher than yesterday. I didn't get the start I was hoping for, but I was able to get the lead by turn four. I was able to maintain it from there. It was a fantastic race and I am just very happy".

Juncadella said, "It was a better race than yesterday. I had a good start and was able to pass Rossi, but then he got by. I tried pushing harder and harder so that I could get him again. I did a mistake and he pulled away, but I got back close. I am happy for the team for two seconds and it was great training for the World Final because I was getting faster against Alexander so we look forward to that."

Nasr said, "I did a better start and the car was even better than yesterday. It was a great to be on the podium for the first time in front of the Brazilian fans. The team made a good job. The car was good. I made some mistakes, but it was ok. It is great to get some experience in the cars and maybe I will race in Formula BMW next year." <pre> Race - Round 17 - 14 laps 1 Alexander Rossi Eurointernational 23:44.708 2 Daniel Juncadella Eurointernational 23:45.597 3 Luis Felipe Nasr (R) Amir Nasr Racing 23:58.243 4 Ricardo Favoretto (J) Autotecnica 24:02.059 5 Gianmarco Raimondo (J, R) Autotecnica 24:02.493 6 Ollie Millroy (J) Atlantic Racing Team 24:02.765 7 Alfonso Toledano Euro Junior Team 24:04.653 8 David Ostella (R) Eurointernational 24:09.164 9 Alexandre Ruiz (J, R) Apex-HBR Racing Team 24:10.747 10 Lucas Foresti (R) Amir Nasr Racing 24:17.221 11 Jorge Goncalvez Apex-HBR Racing Team 24:17.397 12 Giancarlo Vilarinho (R) Eurointernational 13:42.295 (-6L) 13 Mikael Grenier (J, R) Apex-HBR Racing Team 3:32.674 (-12L)

J Formula BMW Junior R Rookie </pre> -credit: bmw

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers James Hinchcliffe , Daniel Morad , Alexander Rossi , Ricardo Favoretto , Daniel Juncadella , Giancarlo Vilarinho , Ollie Millroy , Alexandre Ruiz , David Ostella , Mikael Grenier , Gianmarco Raimondo , Jorge Goncalvez , Alfonso Toledano , Felipe Nasr , Lucas Foresti