Team Qi-Meritus completes sensational double at Singapore GP Malaysia has much to celebrate for at the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix when Team Qi-Meritus completed a sensational double in the Formula BMW Pacific race at the Marina Bay Circuit...
Team Qi-Meritus completes sensational double at Singapore GP
Malaysia has much to celebrate for at the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix when Team Qi-Meritus completed a sensational double in the Formula BMW Pacific race at the Marina Bay Circuit here today. Romanian youngster Doru Schelariu, driving for the Malaysian outfit, claimed his second straight Formula BMW race victory in as many days.
Sechelariu, who sensationally won the first-ever competitive race in Singapore yesterday, started from pole today and never looked back from his flaming red machine of Team Qi-Meritus. He completed the 10-lap race of the 5.067km circuit in a total time of 24:32.56secs with teamate and championship leader Ross Jamison second in 24:36.23secs and Colombian Gabriel Chaves third in 24:39.62secs.
Secelariu, who races in the Formula BMW Europe in the regular season, will be back with the team for the Shanghai GP in two weeks time and looking for more glory. "It has been a wonderful weekend on a challenging circuit. In fact I am getting to enjoy the circuit and the car I am in. I felt that the more I drive(the car) the more comfortable I am.
"And today was an enjoyable experience which I am sure I will be able to repeat in Shanghai," said Sechelariu.
Again it was Jamison, the series leader, who was going to provide Secelariu a stern test. Except for the very early rounds when Jamison stayed close, the anticipated tussle never really took place. Sechelariu made no mistakes and so dominant as Jamison, sensing the overall title is within reach, was contented to stay safe and sound.
He finished third in Race 1, behind Sechelariu and Orly Milroy of Canada and when the Canadian pulled out midway in the opening lap, it was clear that the Romanian and Jamison were the only two genuine contenders left. He needs only eight more points, equivalent of a fifth placed finish- from the next three races- two in Shanghai and one more in Macau in November- to wrap up the overall title championship title.
"The instruction from the paddock was not to make any stupid errors and not take uneccessary chances during the race. The overall title is in sight and I need to be reminded of the bigger goal," said the Hong Kong born Jamison.
For team Meritus, the championship so far has provided them the platform to prove that they have the man and the machine too to take the team to greater heights."We have prepared well for the entire season and our hard work has paid off. Shanghai and then Macau should be no different for us. We look forward to some encouraging results there too," said team principal Peter Thompson.
The Next Formula BMW race will be in Shanghai where it will be a support race for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix. Two more rounds will be contested there while the season ends with one final round in Macau.