PAC: Meritus Shanghai qualifying report

MERITUS front row qualifying at Shanghai Meritus, the only Malaysian-owned team competing in Formula BMW Pacific, currently leading the 2008 Formula BMW Pacific Championship, completed a strong qualifying this weekend with two pole positions...

MERITUS front row qualifying at Shanghai

Meritus, the only Malaysian-owned team competing in Formula BMW Pacific, currently leading the 2008 Formula BMW Pacific Championship, completed a strong qualifying this weekend with two pole positions for Ross Jamison (Meritus) in 2m 12.832s and 2m 13.330s respectively in the sessions for Race 1 and Race 2 and an outstanding performance for Simon Moss (Mahara) who qualified second for each race with times of 2m 13.258s and 2m 13.386s.

Meritus are also running the youngest  driver participating in the
series,  Romanian Doru Sechelariu (born on Nov 19,  1992), who won the
race in Singapore on his debut. He is not  fully fit this weekend,
however, as he is suffering from a sore right knee cap  following a
small accident at home. He will  start Race 1 sixth, and Race 2 fifth.

Chris Wooton (Meritus nr 68) and Tasmin Petter (Meritus nr 33) finished their qualifying with respective positions of 14th and 11th for Race 1 and 13th and eighth for Race 2.

Ross Jamison (18). "It feels good to be on pole for both races. It's a good start to the weekend and I hope to seal the championship for the team with strong results in both races. We have a big lead of 56 points so that's possible. The most important thing is to be well prepared and the team made the necessary changes and we did some good homework since Singapore. It looks good."

Simon Moss (SA): "I did not do as good a qualifying session as my team-mate. I was slow to find my pace. Then we put on the new tyres and I went faster and faster. Towards the end of the session a yellow flag stopped our efforts. I had to wait, and made a mistake in the last corner. That slowed me down a bit, so it's a pity I didn't do better. I had never seen the track before, so it was a good experience to watch the F1 drivers."

Doru Sechelariu (R): "After my great weekend for my first outing with Team Mahara in Singapore, I was a bit cautious here after I hurt my knee. It's satisfying to be sixth (2m 13.720s) for Race 1 fifth for Race 2. For the first session I ran the soft brake pads because they was afraid the bumps would hurt my knee. But it was still hard for me to drive. We went back to a normal set-up and the car was fine, even if I was hurting a bit. Tomorrow I'll try to improve my driving. I want to keep my fighting spirit for the race and will do my best to feel better."

Tasmin Pepper (Meritus): "I am disappointed with my 11th and 8th results. It is not so great. But it is a lot better than my last race in Singapore. I started a bit slow. Anyway my target is a top six finish tomorrow. The first corner is really hard here. You need the right type of brakes and approach."

Chris Wootton (Meritus): "My first session was not too bad, but I lost a bit of the pace in the qualifying sessions and finished only 13th and 14th. We had a technical problem with the differential which lost us time on the straight. I'm sure the team can fix it for the race."

Firhat Mokhzani said: "A good day's work today. Now let's see what tomorrow's pole and front row will bring to team Meritus and Mahara. With a 56-point lead in the championship, Jamison is looking good to take the title before the season grand finale at the Macau Grand Prix next month."

Rounds 14 and 15 of Formula BMW Pacific are being held as part of the 2008 Formula 1 Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix.

-credit: meritus

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Ross Jamison , Doru Sechelariu , Simon Moss , Chris Wootton , Tasmin Pepper