Much like the earlier Star Mazda race, the Formula BMW race at the Grand Prix of Mosport was filled with rain, yellow flags, errors in the tricky conditions and poor visibility. However, there were quite a few more green-flag laps than the Mazda...
Much like the earlier Star Mazda race, the Formula BMW race at the Grand Prix of Mosport was filled with rain, yellow flags, errors in the tricky conditions and poor visibility. However, there were quite a few more green-flag laps than the Mazda Series race, and when it was green, it was exciting stuff.
Reed Stevens won the race, finishing a tiny 0.166 seconds ahead of Simona de Silvestro. These two were consistent throughout the race, and de Silvestro dipped and dove behind Stevens for the entire last lap. She got alongside of Stevens once, but could not get past him.
"At the begining, I just tried to stay close to the leaders and as they spun off I inherited the lead. After that I just tried to keep it together," said Stevens. When asked if he wanted it to rain tomorrow, he said, "Yeah, bring it on."
Stevens had started third on the grid, behind Race Johnson and Robert Wickens, but each of these young men had troubles. Wickens stole the lead from Johnson on lap 2, but then spun at corner 2 on lap 3. Johnson, not to be outdone, ended up in the gravel later in the lap, but got pushed out, and finished 20th.
So on lap 4 we had Stevens, followed by Maxime Pelletier, de Silvestro and Matt Lee. The spinning Wickens crossed the line that lap in 8th.
On lap 6, de Silvestro made a great pass on Pelletier for second -- the move of the race -- and there she was to stay for the rest of the race. Like others, Pelletier then later went off at corner 2. But his impact was hard, and although he was physically ok, he was out on the spot.
After a couple of full-course yellows, the championship-leading Wickens passed Ryan Phinney on lap 10 for 6th. Phinney, like Pelletier after being passed, had an off-track excursion and eventually finished 10th. Wickens finished 4th, so his championship lead wasn't hurt all that badly.
At the end of lap 11, Stevens lead was 2.668 seconds and it looked like de Silvestro's challenge was over, but she battled back, gaining 8 tenths of a second on the following lap, and more from there until the end, but did not quite have enough.
Following Stevens and di Silvestro were across the line were Matt Lee, Robert Wickens, John Zartarian, Daniel Morad, and Marco di Leo.
The next and final race in the BMW championship takes place here again tomorrow at Mosport, Sunday, September 3rd. The championship is still open and will be decided then.
One of the challengers, the exciting di Silvestro, has to start from the back of the grid. "I was penalized and will be starting from the back of the grid," she said. "It would be nice to get back up front again, but we'll see."