Vietoris, Maki top Friday World Final speed charts

The first day of the Formula BMW 2006 World Final event saw lots of action on Friday in the two groups qualifying runs to set the tone for the weekend on the Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana. Christian Vietoris won the group one qualifying ...

The first day of the Formula BMW 2006 World Final event saw lots of action on Friday in the two groups qualifying runs to set the tone for the weekend on the Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana.

Christian Vietoris won the group one qualifying speed charts, the Josef Kaufmann Racing driver was clocked at 1:38.556 to notch one of the eight spots for tomorrow's Super Pole Competition which will set the grids for the six Heat qualifying races.

"I clearly cannot ask for more, I hope that it will prove to be an advantage to start as the penultimate driver in the Super Pole contest," commented the German.

Group two winner was Mika Maki for Eifelland Racing with a time of 1:39.061. The Finn will slot second in the starting lineup for the Super Pole qualifying race -- a battle the two have had all year.

"I knew that I would be strong in qualifying. We only used a new set of tires in the third free practice session - and topped the timesheets," Maki said. "It is interesting to see that the fight I had with Christian in the Formula BMW Germany will apparently carry on here as well. I'm sure that will also be the case on Saturday and Sunday."

Filling out the rest of the eight slots were Vietoris' JKR teammate Josef Kral, EuroInternational's Stefano Coletti, Maki's teammate Martin Ragginger, Daniel Morad for AIM Motorsport, Robert Wickens of EuroInternational and ASL-Team Mucke Motorsport's Nick de Bruijn.

The 37 racers in the global Formula BMW multiple series come from their selected regions to compete for the chance to win a test ride with the BMW Sauber F1 team. The World Final event also allows them to showcase their skills in front of the top-notch openwheel racing series including F3, F3000, Atlantic Championship and others who are the ones in the ladder programs leading to GP2, Champ Car and the cream of the crop: Formula One.

Marco Holzer earned the World Final title last year and was able to turn his promised laps in the BMW F1 car on Thursday. "This has been a unique experience," said Holzer. "The cornering speeds are amazing, just like the braking forces. From one lap to the next it became more fun, and I felt more comfortable. The team gave me a warm welcome, and I got all my questions answered. I say only this to the competitors of this year's World Final: Push hard to win the race, because a Formula One test drive is just an unforgettable adventure."

On Saturday, the racers will run the Super Pole plus four Heat races. The final two Heat races to set the grid will be held Sunday morning in Valencia, Spain prior to the race.

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Formula BMW
Drivers Robert Wickens , Marco Holzer , Stefano Coletti , Christian Vietoris , Daniel Morad , Martin Ragginger , Josef Kral , Mika Maki , Nick de Bruijn
Teams Sauber , Mücke Motorsport