Points given back, pole and reclassification ! Maxime Pelletier into second place in Formula BMW USA Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, August 10 2007. -- Young Montreal, Quebec driver Maxime Pelletier went through a lot of ...
Points given back, pole and reclassification !
Maxime Pelletier into second place in Formula BMW USA
Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, August 10 2007. -- Young Montreal, Quebec driver Maxime Pelletier went through a lot of emotions before he even took to the track for the first round of the double header in Formula BMW USA series held this weekend at Road America. First, he was given his points back from the third round in Montreal in June, promoting him into second place in the championship standings, six points ahead of follower Esteban Gutierrez. Second, he earned 7th place in the first qualifying session while the same Gutierrez was disqualified from pole. Third, his hopes of starting round 12 from the pole lasted a mere two hours before the series officials reclassified him in last place because his car had less than the mandatory three liters of fuel after the session. They could only sip 2,8 liters of the precious liquid out of the bladder and had to apply the rule.
"We have plenty of action and we haven't raced yet!, said a philosophical 16 year-old. It was nice to get the points back and I want to thank the officials for doing so. I keep my 297 points while Esteban is only six points back. But second place will really be at stake this weekend with two rounds on beautiful Road America."
"I was only seventh after the first qualification session because we took to the track after the Star Mazda cars and there was a lot of rubber on the track. Meanwhile, Esteban earned the pole, only to get the whip for illegal parts, I believe. Then, it's the other way around: I clinch pole in the second qualification but my car is two low on fuel and Esteban gets what would have been my first pole in two years. The officials shook the car but to no avail, it was seven ounces short of fuel."
"It's all fair and we will have to fight it out on the track. I know HBR gives me a fast and strong FB02 machine and I will give it my best shot. I'm positive and confident before the real racing starts. I have come from behind before and I know I can do it again if I am patient enough. I don't want to take any stupid chances and I want to earn some valuable points."
Round 11 on Saturday and Round 12 on Sunday
Maxime Pelletier will take the start from fourth row for Round 11 Saturday morning at 10:50( a 30-minute race). It will be Sunday at 10:30 for Round 12, shortly after a 15-minute warm-up at 9:05.