PAC: Gabby Chaves Sepang round two report

Gremlins persist meeting Gabby Chaves in Sepang for a second time. As most readers might know by now, Gabby's first race at the Sepang F1 Circuit was haunted by electrical gremlins, basically stopping his FBMW success temporarily. The crew...

Gremlins persist meeting Gabby Chaves in Sepang for a second time.

As most readers might know by now, Gabby's first race at the Sepang F1 Circuit was haunted by electrical gremlins, basically stopping his FBMW success temporarily. The crew worked diligently last night in conjunction with the FBMW technical staff to search for this annoying glitch.

Today, getting out of the pre-grid area Gabby Chaves told Lucas, his engineer, that indeed the gremlins were still alive, and to the team's dismay, very well. Coming into the grid the FBMW staff and Lucas starting taken all kinds of wires, elements, boxes off and replacement parts were mounted within the 7 minute time line prior to start. Gabby started in 9th position, his second best qualifying time. Red lights off and the field got underway, with one car on a definitely early start, he was penalized with a drive-through.

Gabby Chaves worked his way up to 5th position, the gremlins finally seemed to be tired of his persistence and gave up! After a close fight with one of the cars in front of him, Gabby made a slight error and left the door open for a car behind him, just to squeeze by Gabby, robbing the 5th place from him.

The race ended with Gabby Chaves in 6th place, a real achievement for this 14 year young Colombian driver. Many well respected "eyes" were on him, including the TV cameras in his quest towards the front. After the first two races Gabby Chaves' overall position is ninth with 0 points for race one and six points for race two; ART's team position is sixth.

-credit: gc

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Gabby Chaves