Malaysia's Qi-Meritus creates history by winning first race at the Singapore F1 SINGAPORE - Malaysia's leading single seater racing team, Qi-Meritus, carved out a piece of history for themselves at the inaugural Singtel Singapore Grand Prix ...
Malaysia's Qi-Meritus creates history by winning first race at the Singapore F1
SINGAPORE - Malaysia's leading single seater racing team, Qi-Meritus, carved out a piece of history for themselves at the inaugural Singtel Singapore Grand Prix yesterday when their driver Doru Schelariu grabbed the chequered flag in the first-ever Formula BMW Pacific race here today.
Sechelariu claimed victory in the first competitive race of the 2008 Singapore F1 weekend held on the streets of the business district of the Republic.
He completed the 10-lap race over the 5.067km circuit in a total time of 24mins:58.17secs to beat off the challenge of Canadian driver Orly Millroy of the Motaworld team who came in second on 24:59.50secs.
Third was the championship series leader Ross Jamison, also of the Qi-Meritius team who came home in 25:04.53secs. There is another race tomorrow(Sunday) and three more to come in Shanghai and Macau next month but for now the 18-year-old Jamison leads the series with a 44-point advantage over the second placed Steve McDonagh who crashed into the barrier very early in the race and ended up as a spectator instead.
"I made some mistakes in the race today especially after the safety car came on in lap 7 following the collision of the two Team Holzer PFX cars. From then on I just could not get a grip on the situation," said Jamison.
For the winner Sechelariu, it was an occasion he will cherish in his fledgling career. Fresh from Europe where he raced in the Formula BMW Europe, Secheriu found success hard to come by but on the streets of Singapore yesterday he drove like a seasoned pro.
Starting in pole, he steered clear of the pack at the very first corner where Jamison, starting second on the grid, made an attempt to get past but his challenge was killed off and from then on the Romanian was in command.
"Everything went well except at the very first corner where Jamison tried to pass me. It was a bad line he took and I knew it was difficult for him to do so. From then on it was a smooth race for me," said Doru.
A brave attempt by Jamison to push ahead with his clocking of the fastest lap time of 2:21.84secs on Lap 7 just could not lift him any further.
"I guess in the end Jamison knew he is still the overall series leader and need not do anything stupid. What he needs is the points not the race," said the Meritius Racing team principal Peter Thompson.