PAC: Series Okayama preview

Bradley looks to lock up 2010 Drivers title. Okayama, Japan -With just three Formula BMW Pacific races remaining, the pressure is on the region's premier junior single-seater drivers to earn valuable championship points in the penultimate...

Bradley looks to lock up 2010 Drivers title.

Okayama, Japan -With just three Formula BMW Pacific races remaining, the pressure is on the region's premier junior single-seater drivers to earn valuable championship points in the penultimate meeting in support of the FIA World Touring Car Championship at the Okayama International Circuit from October 29-31.

Leading the charge in both the Drivers Classification and Rookie Cup is Richard Bradley (SIN/19/Eurasia Motorsport) who last month took his seventh win of the season at his home circuit in support of the 2010 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.

Bradley's 55-point lead makes him all but unreachable and only Colombian Oscar Tunjo (Meritus) is in a position to challenge for the titles. Tunjo, however, will arrive in Okayama buoyed by the momentum of having taken his maiden victory in Round 12 in Singapore.

Behind Bradley and Tunjo lies Formula BMW Pacific Junior Jordan Oon (AUS/20/E-Rain Racing), whose challenging weekend in Singapore eliminated him from championship contention. Still, expect Oon to be on form in Okayama, where all but two of the 23-strong field will be racing on the 3.7 km circuit for the first time.

Fourth in the Drivers Classification is Calvin Wong (MAS/18/PETRONAS Mofaz Racing), one of the two drivers who will be able to use his experience in Okayama in 2009 to his advantage. Rounding out the top five is Rookie Nabil Jeffri (MAS/16/Eurasia Motorsport).

Formula BMW Pacific Juniors Jesse Dixon (AUS/18/Atlantic Racing Team) and Kotaro Sakurai (JPN/16/Eurasia Motorsport) will also look to impress in Okayama, especially the latter, who will be racing in his home country, no doubt in front of family and friends. Compatriots Ryo Hirakawa (16/Asia Racing Team) and Yuichi Nakayama (19/Asia Racing Team) will also be competing on home turf as they join Formula BMW Pacific as guest drivers.

As the promising young drivers take the first step in their single-seater careers, they will no doubt aspire to follow in the footsteps of 2006 Formula BMW Junior Daniel Ricciardo who this year became the first graduate of the Asian series to reach Formula 1 when he was signed as Red Bull's test and reserve driver. Ricciardo continues to impress and recently finished his maiden season in the Formula Renault 3.5 series as vice-champion.

While the series regulars will battle it out for the coveted podium positions, guest drivers will add to the exciting mix. Joining Hirakawa and Nakayama as guest drivers are Andrey Khrapov (RUS/19/Meritus), Jimmy Antunes (SUI/16/Atlantic Racing Team) and Red Bull Juniors Carlos Sainz Junior (ESP/16/Eurointernational) and Daniil Kvyat (RUS/16/Eurointernational).

-source: fbmw pac

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