Stevens Wins Round 14; Philippe Wins Championship Braselton, Ga. - Sept. 30, 2005-- Reed Stevens (HBR Motorsport Team USA) saved his best for last to take his first win of the season in the final round of the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship.
Stevens Wins Round 14; Philippe Wins Championship
Braselton, Ga. - Sept. 30, 2005-- Reed Stevens (HBR Motorsport Team USA) saved his best for last to take his first win of the season in the final round of the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship. The 20-year old BMW Junior driver, runner-up in yesterday's Round 13 race, led every lap of the 13-lap contest, finishing .374 seconds ahead of fellow Junior Richard Philippe (Team Autotecnica).
Philippe, starting from his sixth pole position of the season, remained within striking distance of Stevens every lap, but the 15-year old knew his real race was with Kevin Lacroix (AIM Autosport) . Tied with Lacroix in Overall points and three points ahead in Rookie points, Philippe only had to finish ahead of Lacroix to take both the Overall and Rookie titles. Lacroix, forced to start at the rear of the 18-car field after failing post-qualifying technical inspection, charged to sixth, but ultimately had to settle for second in both Championships.
Round 13 winner Edoardo Piscopo (EuroInternational) rounded out the podium, capping a stellar weekend for the 17-year old Italian. He moves to fifth in the Championship, despite missing the opening two rounds of the season.
Rob Bunker (AIM Autosport) took advantage of his sixth starting position to finish fourth - both season's best efforts. Daniel Herrington (Jensen Motorsport) also recorded his best result of the year, finishing fifth, and setting the fastest lap of the race (1:28.581) on lap nine.
The top finishing Rookies were Stevens (P1), Philippe (P2), Piscopo (P3), Bunker (P4) and Lacroix (P6).
The top-four drivers in Overall points are BMW Junior drivers; Philippe (151), Lacroix (142), Wickens (122) and Stevens (110). Edordo Piscopo (108) rounds out the top-five. The top-five in Rookie points are: Philippe (160), Lacroix (150), Wickens (140), Stevens (124) and Davison (117).
Tom Purves, Chairman and CEO of BMW (US) Holding Corp. said, "The entire BMW family congratulates Richard Philippe, the 2005 Formula BMW USA Overall