Summerton wins his third Formula BMW USA race of the season Cleveland, Ohio. - July 2, 2004-- Taking the lead on lap seven and turning some of the quickest laps of the weekend, Jonathan Summerton (HBR Motorsport) won Round 7 of the Formula BMW...
Summerton wins his third Formula BMW USA race of the season
Cleveland, Ohio. - July 2, 2004-- Taking the lead on lap seven and turning some of the quickest laps of the weekend, Jonathan Summerton (HBR Motorsport) won Round 7 of the Formula BMW USA Championship. The victory was Summerton's third of the season. He completed 16 laps of the 2.106-mile Burke Lakefront Airport Circuit in the 30-minute race and finished 3.2 seconds in front of James Hinchcliffe. Matt Jaskol finished third.
Andreas Wirth finished fourth and was credited with the fastest race lap (1:16.830). He retained his lead in the Championship. Hinchcliffe stands second, Summerton third, Jaskol fourth and Johnson fifth.
Hinchcliffe still leads the Rookie Points after a fourth second-place finish. Summerton is second, Milner third, Rahal fourth and Sutherland fifth.
As pole sitter Milner led Summerton on the first lap the action behind them was intense. Both Matt Jaskol and Graham Rahal had very good starts. Jaskol jumped into third from his fifth starting spot and Rahal moved from 10th to fifth. Daniel Herrington spun and hit the wall coming onto the front straight and brought out the yellow flag. The single-file restart came four laps later. Summerton took the point on lap 7 while Jaskol and Hinchcliffe traded the third and fourth positions. On lap 13 Milner faded to fifth as Hinchcliffe, Jaskol and Wirth consolidated their hold on the second, third and fourth positions.
"We are at the halfway point of the season now," said Summerton. "I am only two points from second and 12 points from first. Of course race wins are important, but I have to keep my eye on the Championship. I want the opportunities that come with the title."
Hinchcliffe added, "A fourth second for the season is great, but I really want to get to the top step of the podium. I touched the wall on the first lap and I think something was damaged because the steering wheel was not straight. Still I was able to run within three-tenths of Jonathan."
Jaskol said, "Third wasn't good enough because I had a car that was capable of running up front. James and I had a great battle, but I think it allowed Jonathan to get away from us. "
<pre> Race 7 - Results 16 laps:
1. Jonathan Summerton (R) (HBR Motorsport) 23:55.858 (84.483 mph) 2. James Hinchcliffe (R) (AIM Autosport) 23:59.142 3. Matt Jaskol (Team Autotecnica) 24:00.695 4. Andreas Wirth (HBR Motorsport) 24:02.463 5. Tom Milner (R) (Team PTG Motorsport) 24:03.746 6. Brian Frisselle (PoleVision Racing) 24:04.021 7. Billy Johnson (Team PTG Motorsport) 24:04.949 8. Graham Rahal (R) (Vitesse Farm Racing) 24:07.448 9. Lawson Aschenbach (Team PTG Motorsport) 24:09.758 10. Tom Sutherland (R) (Team PTG Motorsport) 24:36.315 11. Daniel Herrington (R) (Jensen Motorsport) no time 12. Alexis Fenton (R) (Team Autotecnica) no time 13. Derek Burseth (R) (PoleVision Racing) no time
Championship points after 7 of 14 races:
1. Andreas Wirth HBR Motorsport 100 2. James Hinchcliffe AIM Autosport 90 3. Jonathan Summerton HBR Motorsport 88 4. Matt Jaskol Team Autotecnica 79 5. Billy Johnson Team PTG Motorsport 50 6. Brian Frisselle PoleVision Racing 31 7. Tom Milner Team PTG Motorsport 27 8. Joey Hand Team PTG Motorsport 22 9. Dominik Jackson Atlantic Racing Team 20 10. Kyle Herder Atlantic Racing Team 16 11. Lawson Aschenbach Team PTG Motorsport 11 12. Federico Montoya Atlantic Racing Team 10 13. Gerardo Bonilla Jensen Motorsport 8 14. Graham Rahal Vitesse Farm Racing 7 15. Trevor Daley Atlantic Racing Team 4 16. Tom Sutherland Team PTG Motorsport 2 17. Alan Sciuto Team PTG Motorsport 1 18. Daniel Herrington Jensen Motorsport 1 19. Alexis Fenton Team Autotecnica 0 20. Derek Burseth PoleVision Racing 0 21. Mogan Spurgas Jensen Motorsport 0
Rookies: 1. James Hinchcliffe 90 2. Jonathan Summerton 73 3. Tom Milner 63 4. Tom Sutherland 32 5. Graham Rahal 28 6. Trevor Daley 22 7. Federico Montoya 20 8. Alexis Fenton 20 9. Alan Sciuto 16 10. Derek Burseth 14 11. Daniel Herrington 8