USA: Birmingham: Round 10 qualifying notes

Piscopo Scores Round 10 pole Birmingham, Ala. - July 30, 2005-- 17-year old Edoardo Piscopo (EuroInternational) quickly came to grips with a track cleanly washed by yesterday's storm that cancelled Round 9 qualifying to score his first ...

Piscopo Scores Round 10 pole

Birmingham, Ala. - July 30, 2005-- 17-year old Edoardo Piscopo (EuroInternational) quickly came to grips with a track cleanly washed by yesterday's storm that cancelled Round 9 qualifying to score his first career Formula BMW USA pole position. In taking the Round 10 pole, his time of 1:26.873 minutes around the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park circuit bested that of second-place qualifier and Series point leader Kevin Lacroix (AIM Autosport) by .464 seconds. James Davison (HBR Motorsport Team USA) will start third, eclipsing his previous season's best of fifth.

Four-time pole sitter Richard Philippe (Team Autotecnica) was fourth fastest and Maxime Soulet (Gelles Racing) was fifth. The top-five qualifiers are all within one second of Piscopo's pole time.

With the fight for both the Overall and Rookie Championships heating up, every young driver is aiming to move up in the standings and gave his best qualifying effort to-date. Race Johnson (HBR Motorsport Team USA) equalled his best qualifying effort of the season (sixth) and Adrien Herberts (Atlantic Racing Team) was seventh, for his best start of the season. Also with his best of the season, Rob Bunker (AIM Autosport) qualified eighth.

Piscopo was rightfully pleased with his performance, "Finally we made it and I am really happy because we deserved it. We worked hard the last weekends and at the test in Putnam Park. We worked on the setup for the car and we have been really fast since Thursday. Unfortunately, we were a bit unlucky with the weather conditions yesterday, because otherwise we would have been able to make two poles."

Lacroix, keeping his eye on the championship, said, "Maybe I was not fast enough to take the pole, but I am in front of Philippe and this is good for me when I want to win the championship. I am confident for the race this afternoon and tomorrow."

Davison said, "The temperature was cooler this morning so the engine has been more powerful. I struggled with an understeer out of the corners, but I am quite happy. This was my best qualifying performance. I would like to thank HBR for doing their best on a track I have never been to before. Piscopo will be difficult to beat, but I am aiming for the podium in both races."

The quickest Rookies in Round 9 qualifying were Piscopo (P1), Lacroix (P2), Davison (P3), Philippe (P4) and Johnson (P6).

The Round 9 contest is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. today and Sunday's Round 10 race is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.

-bmw.usa-

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers James Davison , Kevin Lacroix , Maxime Soulet , Adrien Herberts , Richard Philippe