Wirth Wins Round 9 at Road America Elkhart Lake, Wis. - Aug. 7, 2004-- Andreas Wirth (HBR Motorsport) scored his third victory of the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship taking the Round 9 victory at Road America today. He completed 8 laps of the...
Wirth Wins Round 9 at Road America
Elkhart Lake, Wis. - Aug. 7, 2004-- Andreas Wirth (HBR Motorsport) scored his third victory of the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship taking the Round 9 victory at Road America today. He completed 8 laps of the 4.048-mile circuit in the 30-minute contest that ended under caution. Brian Frisselle finished second and Matt Jaskol was third.
On the opening lap outside pole-sitter Graham Rahal led his first ever Formula BMW USA lap as he held a slight lead over Andreas Wirth at front of the 14-car field. A real drafting battle began to unfold as the field snaked through the Road America circuit. Wirth took the lead on the second lap and as he completed lap four he held a two second lead over Brian Frisselle. The gap was short-lived however as James Hinchcliffe spun and the yellow flag was displayed in order to remove his car from the circuit. The green flag flew on lap six with Wirth still in the lead. The No. 15 of Alexis Fenton and the No. 2 of Jonathan Summerton got together in turn 14 bringing out the second yellow of the race on lap 7. The race finished under caution with Wirth taking his third win of the season and strengthening his Championship points lead.
Both Hinchcliffe and Summerton did not receive any points, but held onto their second and third places in the Championship. Jaskol and Johnson stand in fourth and fifth respectively.
The top-finishing Rookies were Rahal (4), Sutherland (7) and Burseth (10). Hinchcliffe still leads the Rookie Points. Summerton is second, Milner third, Rahal fourth and Sutherland fifth.
Round 9 was notable as four drivers scored their season best finishes: Frisselle (2), Rahal (4), Tom Sutherland (7) and Derek Burseth (10).
"It was a very cool race for me," said Wirth. "The car was great and I had a very good start. I made a few mistakes as I tried to put some time between me and second place, but it was okay as the yellow came out anyway. It was an unfortunate race for both Jonathan (Summerton) and James (Hinchcliffe), but, for me, I gained a bigger lead in the Championship. "
A delighted Frisselle said, "I felt like I could have won the race. I was pacing myself as I knew that if I was leading near the end I could be vulnerable to the draft. The restart caught me out a little, but if I had been a little closer or if the race had stayed green I think the race could have been mine."
Jaskol said, "There were very few race laps with two caution periods in an eight lap race. Two key guys in the Championship did not score any points today so it was very important for me to reach the podium. I will try to score more points tomorrow."
The Round 10 race is scheduled to start at 12:05 p.m. tomorrow. <pre> Race 9 - Results 8 laps: 1. Andreas Wirth (HBR Motorsport) 20:42.898 (93.799 mph) 2. Brian Frisselle (PoleVision Racing) 20:43.788 3. Matt Jaskol (Team Autotecnica) 20:44.921 4. Graham Rahal (R) (Vitesse Farm Racing) 20:45.606 5. Billy Johnson (Team PTG Motorsport) 20:46.142 6. Lawson Aschenbach (Team PTG Motorsport) 20:47.289 7. Tom Sutherland (R) (Team PTG Motorsport) 20:48.042 8. Kyle Herder (Atlantic Racing Team) 20:48.543 9. Robbie Montinola (Jensen Motorsport) 20:49.157 10. Derek Burseth (R) (PoleVision Racing) 20:49.964 11. Alexis Fenton (R) (Team Autotecnica) 10:11.767 12. Jonathan Summerton (R) (HBR Motorsport) 10:12.297 13. James Hinchcliffe (R) (AIM Autosport) 4:52.305 14. Tom Milner (R) (Team PTG Motorsport) 13:29.614