USA: BMW post-race notes on Race of Champions event

FORMULA BMW USA DRIVER ROBERT WICKENS SCORED VICTORY IN THE FORMULA BMW SHOOT-OUT AT THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS Woodcliff Lake, NJ - December 5, 2005-- 16-year old Formula BMW USA driver Robert Wickens scored the victory in the Formula BMW shoot-out...

FORMULA BMW USA DRIVER ROBERT WICKENS SCORED VICTORY IN THE FORMULA BMW SHOOT-OUT AT THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - December 5, 2005-- 16-year old Formula BMW USA driver Robert Wickens scored the victory in the Formula BMW shoot-out in the Race of Champion support program last Saturday. The invitational Formula BMW race featured four Formula BMW drivers representing the four regional series; Germany, UK, Asia and USA. The event was held at the Stade de France in Paris in front of more than 50,000 spectators using the Race of Champions head-to- head format.

Robert was the youngest of the four drivers invited by BMW Motorsport to this event that took place alongside the world's top racing drivers from all areas of the sport. His competitors were Nicolas Huelkenberg (GER), Dean Smith (GBR) and Salman Al Khalifa (BRN), the Champions of the other Formula BMW series from Germany, the UK and Asia. Finishing the 2005 Formula BMW USA season third in the Overall points and in the Rookie point standings, Robert was chosen, having shown to be one of the most consistent drivers of the season.

In the three-lap semi-final on the 0,628 miles circuit, Robert dominated the Asian Formula BMW Champion Salman Al Khalifa. In the final round he competed against the winner of the Formula BMW UK Championship Dean Smith. A driving mistake by Dean offered an advantage to Robert and he took the win with a wide margin.

A jubilant Robert stated, "This was the greatest experience of my life! I want to thank BMW Motorsport for giving me this amazing opportunity. It was fantastic and I never thought that I would be able to win. Heading to the World Final in Bahrain I feel more confident now to compete against the drivers of the other three series."

After his phenomenal victory, Robert is preparing for the Formula BMW World Final in Bahrain. From December 13 to 16 Robert will compete against 35 drivers from the four Championships for a test drive with the new BMW Sauber F1 Team.

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Robert Wickens , Dean Smith , Nico Hulkenberg
Teams Sauber