USA: Mid-Ohio round 4 race notes

Philippe Wins Round 4 Lexington, Ohio - May 22, 2005-- 15 year-old BMW Junior and Rookie driver Richard Philippe (Team Autotecnica) took his second win of the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship season in Round 4 today at the Mid-Ohio Sports ...

Philippe Wins Round 4

Lexington, Ohio - May 22, 2005-- 15 year-old BMW Junior and Rookie driver Richard Philippe (Team Autotecnica) took his second win of the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship season in Round 4 today at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The polesitter in every race to-date finished 4.468 seconds ahead of Edoardo Piscopo (EuroInternational), leading flag to flag in the 15-lap contest.

Piscopo, making his second Formula BMW USA start, raced from his seventh starting spot to finish as runner-up. Justin Moon (Gelles Racing) took the final podium position for his best result of the year.

Fourth-place finisher, Robert Wickens, was credited with the fastest lap of the race (1:26.942), in his run to his second top-five finish of the year.

The top-finishing Rookies were Philippe (P1), Piscopo (P2) and Moon (P3).

Quebec's Kevin Lacroix had his worst finish of the season today (14th) after an incident on the opening lap, but kept the Overall Championship points lead heading to his "home" races, Rounds 5 and 6, in support of the Canadian Grand Prix.

"We have been fast since we came to Mid-Ohio," said Philippe. "Unfortunately we were not able to put it together yesterday, but today it is a win. Kevin didn't finish in the points. This will help us because we must fight back. We need to get poles and victories to win the Championship."

Piscopo said, "I started seventh and I had to catch up a lot. I am really happy that I finished second. I am sure that if yesterday I didn't waste the opportunity maybe I had repeated this result. Yesterday we had some problems with the hot temperatures. Today it was a bit cooler and this helped us. I am looking forward to Montreal. I am sure we will continue to improve."

Moon added, "I want to thank Gelles Racing for giving me an awesome car. I wouldn't be here right now without them. I had a good start, coming from fourth to second, but it was a fight with Maxime. I need to get more points to be in top- three. I am looking forward to the next races."

Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship will be held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada on June 10 - 12 in support of the Canadian Grand Prix.

<pre> Round 4 - Results (15 laps) 1 Richard Philippe Team Autotecnica 21:54.882 2 Edoardo Piscopo EuroInternational 21:59.350 3 Justin Moon Gelles Racing 22:01.200 4 Robert Wickens Team Apex Racing USA 22:01.639 5 Maxime Soulet Gelles Racing 22:02.174 6 Race Johnson HBR Motorsport Team USA 22:03.020 7 James Davison HBR Motorsport Team USA 22:04.200 8 John Zartarian Jensen MotorSport 22:04.632 9 Doug Boyer Jensen MotorSport 22:07.476 10 Adrien Herberts Atlantic Racing Team 22:09.130 11 Rob Bunker AIM Autosport 22:09.640 12 Daniel Herrington Jensen MotorSport 22:10.834 13 Tom Sutherland HBR Motorsport Team USA 22:19.935 14 Kevin Lacroix AIM Autosport 22:21.808 15 Nathan DePagter DRE Autosport 22:23.002 16 Matthew Lee Twintooth/BRM Motorsport 22:29.233 17 Darin Marcus Gelles Racing 22:47.138 18 Ryan Campbell Gelles Racing 22:49.847 19 Jules Duc Jensen MotorSport 23:02.407 20 Derek Burseth Burseth Racing 19:47.567 21 Reed Stevens HBR Motorsport Team USA 11:52.034

Championship points after 4 of 14 races: 1. Kevin Lacroix AIM Autosport 52 2. Maxime Soulet Gelles Racing 47 3. Richard Philippe Team Autotecnica 41 4. James Davison HBR Motorsport Team USA 35 5. Robert Wickens Team Apex Racing USA 30 6. Reed Stevens HBR Motorsport Team USA 24 7. John Zartarian Jensen MotorSport 23 8. Justin Moon Gelles Racing 18 9. Edoardo Piscopo EuroInternational 15 10. Rob Bunker AIM Autosport 10 11. Daniel Herrington Jensen MotorSport 8 12. Race Johnson HBR Motorsport Team USA 8 13. Matthew Lee Twintooth/BRM Motorsport 5 14. Tom Sutherland HBR Motorsport Team USA 5 15. Doug Boyer Jensen MotorSport 2 16. Adrien Herberts Atlantic Racing Team 1 17. Derek Burseth Burseth Racing 0 18. Ryan Campbell Gelles Racing 0 19. Nathan DePagter DRE Autosport 0 20. Jules Duc Jensen MotorSport 0 21. Scott Harnell SDH3 with Cinema Concepts 0 22. Darin Marcus Gelles Racing 0 23. Ryan Phinny Gelles Racing 0

Rookies: 1. Kevin Lacroix 55 2. Richard Philippe 44 3. James Davison 41 4. Robert Wickens 38 5. Reed Stevens 29 6. John Zartarian 28 7. Justin Moon 22 8. Rob Bunker 19 9. Race Johnson 16 10. Edoardo Piscopo 15 11. Matthew Lee 9 12. Doug Boyer 4 13. Adrien Herberts 3 14. Darin Marcus 1 15. Ryan Campbell 0 16. Nathan DePagter 0 17. Jules Duc 0 18. Scott Harnell 0 19. Ryan Phinny 0

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Darin Marcus , Robert Wickens , James Davison , Reed Stevens , Justin Moon , Kevin Lacroix , Daniel Herrington , Maxime Soulet , Adrien Herberts , Richard Philippe , Ryan Campbell , John Zartarian , Derek Burseth , Tom Sutherland , Nathan DePagter , Jules Duc , Ryan Phinny