CHRIS WOOTTON SURVIVES HUGE ROLLOVER, THEN GRABS SIXTH IN SEPANG SHOOTOUT TODAY MAY 31, 2009: The nightmare continued for Australian Formula BMW Junior Chris Wootton at Sepang International Circuit today, after a coming together with Ryo...
CHRIS WOOTTON SURVIVES HUGE ROLLOVER, THEN GRABS SIXTH IN SEPANG SHOOTOUT TODAY
MAY 31, 2009: The nightmare continued for Australian Formula BMW Junior Chris Wootton at Sepang International Circuit today, after a coming together with Ryo Haryanto sent the Queenslander into a vicious roll at the start of Round 5, however the Eurasia Motorsport team were able to get him out for Round 6, salvaging a sixth place.
Following yesterday's disappointments, Wootton was hoping to advance through the field and at least take something out of the weekend, but that didn't last a lap after a coming together with Haryanto sent the Australian into orbit.
After a trip to the on-site Medical Centre -- where concern was shown for some soreness in his knee -- Wootton gathered his thoughts and quickly realised his Eurasia Motorsport Formula BMW FB02 was severely damaged.
All four corners and the rear wing had to be replaced, which the team worked overtime to do and got him back on track for the final race of the weekend.
Starting in 10th position, the 20-year-old was able to finish in sixth, but still leaves Sepang bitterly disappointed after setting his first Pole Positions for Formula BMW Pacific yesterday.
To draw another positive from the weekend is that Chris walks away with the new qualifying lap record for Formula BMW Pacific at Sepang.
BEHIND THE HELMET -- CHRIS WOOTTON
"I'm still wondering if this might be some form of sick dream I'm in the middle of, but unfortunately it isn't!
"After setting the quickest time in both qualifying sessions yesterday, it's all been downhill.
"I was really hoping for more today, I wanted to work my way through and get something from the weekend after finishing yesterday with nothing. That wasn't to be.
"I hurt my knee in the rollover, it's not serious though, I'll live to fight another day.
"The frustrating part of the weekend is that all the incidents I was involved in were avoidable.
"Eurasia Motorsport has worked overtime this weekend, the boys did superbly to get me on track after every race and I feel sorry for them.
"On the plus-side, I finished sixth in the final race today.
"The only thing I can hope for is all the bad luck is out of my system now and we can forge ahead from here on in and set about getting the Championship back on track, because it's looking pretty ordinary right now."