Moss crowned Rookie champion as Millroy takes first ever victory. Shanghai, China -- South African Formula BMW Junior Simon Moss (17/Mahara) clinched the 2008 Formula BMW Pacific Rookie Cup title today with a confident run to 2nd in Round 15, ...
Moss crowned Rookie champion as Millroy takes first ever victory.
Shanghai, China -- South African Formula BMW Junior Simon Moss (17/Mahara) clinched the 2008 Formula BMW Pacific Rookie Cup title today with a confident run to 2nd in Round 15, while Briton Ollie Millroy (18/Motaworld) scored his first ever single seater race victory.
At the end of action-packed, 10-lap race at the 5.451km Shanghai International Circuit, it was Team E-Rain's Sean McDonagh (19/USA) who took the final podium spot, expertly pouncing while newly-crowned overall champion Ross Jamison (18/HKG/Meritus) and exciting young Colombian Gabby Chaves (15/Atlantic Racing Team) were battling for position. McDonagh's podium confirms him as Driver classification runner-up for the 2008 season.
Meritus has clinched the 2008 Formula BMW Pacific Team Classification with one round to go.
Moss wrapped up the Rookie Cup title after nearest challenger, fellow Formula BMW Junior Chris Wootton (19/AUS/Meritus), finished 7th in the penultimate round of the season, giving the South African a 40 point lead.
Said Moss: "Having wrapped up the Rookie championship I can be a lot more confident going in to Macau. I can push even harder there now, as winning at Macau would be just as good as winning the Rookie Cup.
"At the start, my foot was shaking the whole time, but it was a really good race. Once I couldn't see Ross or Gabby behind me, I just kept pushing harder and getting better lap times," he continued. Moss set the fastest lap of the race.
Millroy was overjoyed with his maiden car racing victory, having graduated from karts this season: "I had to make sure I had a good start, get my head down, and put in consistent laps. I had a good run on Ross and Simon up to the first corner, but I knew they would go on the inside as that's what they did yesterday. So I aimed for the outside and stayed there for turns one and two to take the lead."
Back on the podium for the first time since Indonesia in July, McDonagh was glad to be back: "It's been a while, it's just good to be back! It was fun for me to watch (the battle between Jamison and Chaves). Ross pulled to the inside and forced Gabby wide and allowed me to go by quite easily. Then I just defended from Ross."
Putting on a tremendous show for the Chinese racing fans for the second time this weekend, the young drivers' skill and professional was shown in the low rate of attrition, with all 18 cars completing the race.
As the lights went out, the on-track rivalry between pole-sitter Jamison and Millroy, so in evidence in the previous race, was back on display with Moss, who started alongside the Hong Kong racer, right in the fray. After losing the fight for the lead with Millroy, Jamison had to contend with the South African but ran wide and rejoined in 4th behind Chaves.
Romanian Doru Sechelariu (15/Mahara) meanwhile was fighting back having dropped down the field from 5th on the grid as his knee injury continued to plague him. He passed first Ryuichi Nara (20/JPN/Team E-Rain) and then Wootton. Wootton fought back however, regaining the place to cross the line 7th, while Doru ended the race 11th.
Millroy set about pulling out a gap at the front, and crossed the line with a 2.557 second margin from Moss. Behind the pair the fight for the final podium place was intense with Chaves, Jamison and McDonagh nose-to-tail. Chaves skilfully held the pair at bay until Jamison made his second overtaking attempt, this time making it stick. However, Chaves wasn't done, and as he made a move to pass Jamison back -- the pair two abreast on the track -- the Colombian ran wide. Seizing the opportunity, McDonagh charged past the pair to go 3rd and held on to the finish.
Malaysia's Melvin Moh (20/Team Holzer PFX) had closed in on the chasing pack, and the final was a close-run charge to the flag.
The provisional points after yesterday's race were amended, when Imran Shaharom (20/MAS/Team Holzer PFX) was handed a penalty by the Stewards following the incident with Wootton.
Next month Formula BMW Pacific makes its debut at the Macau Grand Prix, giving its drivers the opportunity to race on the legendary Guia street circuit. Round 16, the final race of the 2008 season, will be held on November 16, on the same programme as the FIA Intercontinental Formula 3 Cup and the FIA World Touring Car Championship.
-credit: fbmw pac