UK: Croft rounds seven, eight race notes, results

Sato takes his maiden victory while Kral scores his fourth win. Kimiya Sato (Nexa Racing) made his first step onto the top of the podium at Croft today in Round Seven of the Formula BMW UK Championship 2007, with Josef Kral (Double R Racing) ...

Sato takes his maiden victory while Kral scores his fourth win.

Kimiya Sato (Nexa Racing) made his first step onto the top of the podium at Croft today in Round Seven of the Formula BMW UK Championship 2007, with Josef Kral (Double R Racing) notching up his fourth win in Round Eight.

In Round Seven, the top four made a clean getaway with Marcus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsport) putting pressure on Henry Surtees (Carlin Motorsport) in second, giving race leader Sato some breathing space. The battle for second allowed Kral to catch the pair and, as Surtees struggled with understeer following an incident earlier in the race, Ericsson needed no other invitation to place his car up the inside. Kral also capitalized, following Ericsson through to claim third but the pair were unable to catch Sato before the chequered flag came out.

"It's fantastic" Sato smiled, "I can't find all the words to explain it! I felt a little nervous as Ericsson was catching me towards the end but it was a good race"

Ericsson commented: "It's so hard to overtake at Croft so I just stuck behind Surtees to let him know | was there in the hope he would make a mistake. He did and I was able to get up the inside but unfortunately didn't have time to catch Sato."

In Round Eight, Ericsson seemed to have the win secured but a last corner challenge from Kral left Ericsson on the grass. Ericsson was able to re-join in time to finish second ahead of Surtees, but was clearly disappointed to have lost the victory at the final corner of the race. Kral had made impressive progress to move up from fifth on the grid to take his fourth win of the season and remain top race winner in 2007.

Kral said: "I wasn't happy with third in Round Seven but I made a good start in Round Eight. I was matching Ericsson's lap times for a while but I started to gain on him in the last few laps. I'm really happy to get another win, I'm slowly moving up the Championship table!"

Ericsson's two second place finishes gave him both Rookie Cup victories with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Fortec Motorsport) and Carlos Huertas (Double R Racing) behind him for Round Seven, sixth and ninth overall, and Surtees and Quaife-Hobbs and behind him in Round Eight, third and sixth overall.

<pre> Results - Round 7 - 15 Laps 31.88 miles.

Pos      Driver                       Nat     Team                      Time
1.       Kimiya Sato                  J       Nexa Racing               21:06.990
2.       Marcus Ericsson*             SWE     Fortec Motorsport         21:07.832
3.       Josef Kral                   CZ      Double R Racing           21:09.376
4.       Valle Makela                 SF      Nexa Racing               21:12.546
5.       Henry Arundel                GB      Fortec Motorsport         21:13.851
6.       Adrian Quaife-Hobbs*         GB      Fortec Motorsport         21:15.376
7.       Jonathan Legris              GB      Motaworld Racing          21:20.325
8.       Jordan Williams              GB      Team Loctite              21:25.144
9.       Carlos Huertas*              COL     Double R Racing           21:27.860
10.      Daniel McKenzie              GB      Fortec Motorsport         21:30.131
11.      Henry Surtees*               GB      Carlin Motorsport         21:32.761
12.      Anthony Comas                F       Victory Engineering       21:35.447
13.      Sam Abay                     AUS     Team Loctite              21:37.573
14.      Adam Butler*                 GB      Motaworld Racing          21:50.494
15.      Rupert Svendsen-Cook*        GB      Team Loctite              21:51.251
DNF      Oliver Webb*                 GB      Carlin Motorsport         14 Laps
DNS      Tom Gladdis*                 GB      Team BRD

Fastest Lap: Marcus Ericsson Fortec Motorsport 1m 23.313s 91.82mph 147.98kph

Pole Position: Kimiya Sato Nexa Racing 1m 22.523s

Results - Round 8 - 15 Laps 31.88 miles.

Pos      Driver                       Nat     Team                      Time
1.       Josef Kral                   CZ      Double R Racing           21:01.351
2.       Marcus Ericsson*             SWE     Fortec Motorsport         21:05.895
3.       Henry Surtees*               GB      Carlin Motorsport         21:06.406
4.       Henry Arundel                GB      Fortec Motorsport         21:10.445
5.       Kimiya Sato                  J       Nexa Racing               21:11.204
6.       Adrian Quaife-Hobbs*         GB      Fortec Motorsport         21:11.625
7.       Jonathan Legris              GB      Motaworld Racing          21:18.122
8.       Sam Abay                     AUS     Team Loctite              21:19.001
9.       Valle Makela                 SF      Nexa Racing               21:19.198
10.      Jordan Williams              GB      Team Loctite              21:20.852
11.      Carlos Huertas*              COL     Double R Racing           21:21.419
12.      Rupert Svendsen-Cook*        GB      Team Loctite              21:22.510
13.      Oliver Webb*                 GB      Carlin Motorsport         21:23.082
14.      Tom Gladdis*                 GB      Team BRD                  21:33.116
15.      Adam Butler*                 GB      Motaworld Racing          21:48.747
DNF      Anthony Comas                F       Victory Engineering       13 Laps
DNF      Daniel McKenzie              GB      Fortec Motorsport          0 Laps

Fastest Lap: Josef Kral Double R Racing 1m 22.917s 92.26mph 148.48kph

Pole Position: Marcus Ericsson Fortec Motorsport 1m 22.583s </pre> * indicates driver eligible for Rookie Cup

Championship Points Tables

Drivers
1. Ericsson (1 win) 307, 2. Arundel 282 (1 win), 3. Kral (4 wins) 261, 4. Surtees 252, 5. Legris 230, 6. Makela (1 win) 229, 7. Sato (1 win) 220, 8. Quaife-Hobbs 209, 9. McKenzie 198, 10. Webb 188.

Rookies
1. Ericsson 307, 2. Surtees 252, 3. Quaife-Hobbs 209, 4. Webb 188, 5. Huertas 174, 6. Gladdis 102, 7. Svendsen-Cook 78, 8. Holland 64, 9. Butler 60.

Teams
1. Fortec Motorsport 598, 2. Nexa Racing 461, 3. Carlin Motorsport 439, 4. Double R Racing 434, 5. Team Loctite 318, 6. Motaworld Racing 290, 7. Victory Engineering 82, 8. Hyperion Motorsport 32, 9. Team BRD 14.

Rounds 9 and 10 of the Championship will be at Oulton Park on 23/24 June.

-credit: bmw.uk

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Valle Makela , Jonathan Legris , Josef Kral , Henry Arundel , Daniel McKenzie , Carlos Huertas , Henry Surtees , Adrian Quaife-Hobbs , Jordan Williams , Marcus Ericsson , Anthony Comas , Tom Gladdis , Kimiya Sato , Rupert Svendsen-Cook , Adam Butler , Sam Abay , Oliver Webb
Teams Williams , Carlin