UK: Croft test notes 2007-03-23

Surtees shines at Croft test session. Croft, 23 March, 2007. The Formula BMW UK Championship travelled to Yorkshire for the final official test before the season opener at Brands Hatch on 1 April. In extremely changeable conditions, the...

Surtees shines at Croft test session.

Croft, 23 March, 2007. The Formula BMW UK Championship travelled to Yorkshire for the final official test before the season opener at Brands Hatch on 1 April.

In extremely changeable conditions, the two-day test rewarded those who were best able to predict the weather. Henry Surtees (Carlin Motorsport) proved most impressive, timing his run perfectly to clock a 1:21.293, half a second faster than the current Formula BMW lap record.

"The weather hasn't been great but it went really well", Surtees commented. "The Croft circuit is challenging but fun to drive although it seemed every lap threw up something new. It definitely kept me on my toes!"

2006 Rookie of the Year, Henry Arundel (Fortec Motorsport) topped the times in the Friday morning session with Swedish newcomer Marcus Ericsson and Valle Makela (Nexa Racing) heading the two Thursday sessions that were mainly hampered by rain.

Having recorded the best times at both official tests so far, Josef Kral (Double R Racing) struggled over the two days but remained confident for the races next week. "I think we tried every set up possible but the weather made it tricky" Kral commented. "I'm still confident for next week but it will depend on the conditions and a bit of luck I think. This will be my first ever race in the UK though so I'm really looking forward to it."

Croft also saw a new driver on the grid, 16-year-old Rupert Svendsen-Cook who has replaced Daniel Murray at Team Loctite. It was the youngster's second time ever in the #97 Formula BMW car, which he made the most of ahead of the first races next week.

-credit: bmw.uk

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Formula BMW
Drivers Josef Kral , Daniel Murray , Henry Arundel , Henry Surtees , Marcus Ericsson , Rupert Svendsen-Cook
Teams Carlin