FRONT ROW START FOR BAMBER IN THE MORNING
New Zealand racing driver Earl Bamber (ADM Motorsport) will start (NZ time) tomorrow morning's second Formula Master Championship race at Italy's Imola circuit from the front row of the grid after finishing seventh in the first race at the penultimate round of the 2008 series this morning.
The windfall is the result of the reverse top eight format the organisers of the series use to decide the grid for the feature race at Formula Master Championship events and puts the young Kiwi beside 2008 series race winner Josef Kral from the Czech Republic and in front of the drivers he diced with in this morning's race, title prospect Michael Ammermuller from Germany and Latvian Harald Schlegelmilch.
The race at the historic Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari at Imola was won by second quickest qualifier Fabio Leimer from Switzerland from pole-setting Kiwi Chris van der Drift with newly crowned Formula BMW champion Esteban Gutierrez third and Japanese driver Yuhi Sekiguchi fourth.
Bamber enjoyed a strong run, spending most of the race disputing fifth place with Ammermuller and Schlegelmilch.
He and Schlegelmilch played a cat and mouse game in the latter stages with Bamber getting past and setting his sights on Ammermuller. But Schlegelmilch remained glued to the tail of Bamber's car and got sixth place back in the closing stages of the race.
Chris van der Drift continues to hold a strong held in the championship points standings after this morning's race with 83 points from Ammermuller, 66, and Leimer, 55.
In fact, if van der Drift, who will start the feature race from P7 on the fourth row of the grid, can get past Ammermuller, who will start from the second row behind pole man Kral, the 2008 title will be his with the final round of the 2008 championship series - at Monza over the October 4-5 weekend - still to come.