USA: Montreal qualifying notes

Gutierrez stays on top with both Montreal pole positions Montreal, Canada - June 8, 2007-- Rookie phenomenon and class points leader Esteban Gutierrez (Autotecnica), of Monterrey, Mexico, continued his pole-winning performances by scoring the...

Gutierrez stays on top with both Montreal pole positions

Montreal, Canada - June 8, 2007-- Rookie phenomenon and class points leader Esteban Gutierrez (Autotecnica), of Monterrey, Mexico, continued his pole-winning performances by scoring the pole position for both Rounds 3 and 4 of the Formula BMW USA Championship today at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. It was his fourth pole of the season, equaling the record consecutive pole streak set by 2005 Formula BMW USA champion Richard Phillipe. Gutierrez's best two laps of 1:47.381 and 1:47.690 minutes around the 2.709-mile Circuit Gilles Villeneuve bested the 18-car field in the 30-minute session. Sebastian Saavedra (Eurointernational) will start second in Round 3 for the young Columbian's career best Formula BMW USA start. He will start third in Round 4. Overall points leader and BMW Junior Daniel Morad (Eurointernational), of Toronto, Canada, will start third in Round 3 and second in Round 4. Rookie and BMW Junior team member Jeffrey Petriello (Team KMA), of Terrebonne, Canada, will start fourth in Round 3 and sixth in Round 4. Phillip Major (Autotecnica), of Ottawa, Canada, will start fifth in Round 3 and fourth in Round 4 for the second-year driver's career best Formula BMW USA starts. Yannick Hofman (Eurointernational), of Montreal, Canada, will start fifth in Round 4.

16- year old Gutierrez said, "The track was very dirty in this morning's practice. I have never driven in the rain, but that must be what it feels like. I concentrated on learning the circuit and getting my reference points for a good lap in qualifying. I treated the beginning of the qualifying session as more practice and was able to turn some fast times at the end. I like having the walls near the track because it forces you to focus."

Morad said, "The car was very good at the beginning of qualifying. I was the fastest for three-quarters of the session, but was unlucky after I pitted to make an adjustment. We had some confusion in my team after I was called back in and we never had a chance to go faster. I believe I have an advantage having raced here last year, but Esteban has proven he can learn tracks quickly."

The Round 3 race is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow. Sunday's Round 4 race is scheduled to start at 10:45 a.m.

-credit: bmw.usa

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Yannick Hofman , Phillip Major , Sebastian Saavedra , Daniel Morad , Esteban Gutierrez