PAC: ART Singapore preview

Fired up ART heads to Singapore Asia Racing Team (ART Motorsports) Formula BMW Pacific squad heads to a new Formula BMW Pacific venture next weekend, the glamorous Singapore Grand Prix, after six consecutive wins in the Asian Formula ...

Fired up ART heads to Singapore

Asia Racing Team (ART Motorsports) Formula BMW Pacific squad heads to a new Formula BMW Pacific venture next weekend, the glamorous Singapore Grand Prix, after six consecutive wins in the Asian Formula Renault series.

After finishing 5th in Macau Grand Prix 2008, this is going to be the first race of the 2009 season for ART's Formula BMW cars. Making his Formula BMW Pacific debut with ART on his home circuit is Singaporean Suriya Bala Kerisnan Thevar. The 16 years old Singaporean has extensive experience karting in both in Asia and further afield, racing twice in Asian Formula Renault series this year.

The two 10-lap races will take place on a 5.067 km street circuit around the city-state's picturesque Marina Bay. As with all street tracks, the surface is not as smooth as a permanent racetrack and it varies in width. Some sections utilize a three-lane highway, while in other places the track is quite narrow and the barriers create a really enclosed feeling.

Speaking ahead of the Singaporean race, Suriya said, "I am very confident for the race weekend after a successful test with the team at Zhuhai Circuit. I can see myself improving every time I get into the car. I just can't wait to make my Formula BMW debut with a great team like ART in my home circuit. This time I would be expecting myself for a top 10 finish as the field of drivers has more experience throughout the season in Pacific and Europe championships. Finishing well in my home race is the key on impressing many. I just would like to thank my parents for their support for this amazing event and also thank the team in advance for making me ready for the weekend to come."

ART Team Manager, Philippe Descombes, added, "Suriya has a great challenge ahead of him, racing at home for the first time is never easy. We will do our very best to provide him the best car and service to let him show His real talent. It is not going to be easy for him. It's a street circuit and we only have one Free Practice session prior to the Qualifying. I'm expecting our premiere in Singapore to be the highlight of our Formula BMW mini-season."

The drivers will take to the track for the first time for Friday's opening free practice at 15:00hrs. Qualifying is kicking off at 16:45hrs on Friday, with the Race 1 starting at 20:00hrs on Saturday. The Race 2 of Formula BMW Pacific will be held on Sunday at 16:35hrs.

-credit: art

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