Bamber does it again in Indonesia. Citeureup Bogor, Indonesia -- New Zealander Earl Bamber (16/Team Meritus) notched up another perfect pole-to-flag victory in Round 10 of Formula BMW Asia, his second such win in as many days and his 5th so ...
Bamber does it again in Indonesia.
Citeureup Bogor, Indonesia -- New Zealander Earl Bamber (16/Team Meritus) notched up another perfect pole-to-flag victory in Round 10 of Formula BMW Asia, his second such win in as many days and his 5th so far this season. Second was points leader going in to the round, Australian Sam Abay (18/Team E-Rain), followed by BMW Junior James Grunwell of Thailand (17/Team Meritus).
With another second place finish, Abay retains his place at the top of the championship leaderboard, but his cushion of a 26 point lead over Bamber at the start of the weekend has been slashed to just 14, with Grunwell maintaining 3rd position. In the Rookie Cup Classification, Bamber strengthens his position at the top of the points.
Off the start, the field got away clean, but on lap three, local hero Zahir Ali (INA/Eurasia Motorsport) spun dramatically while challenging Grunwell and was unable to rejoin the race, dashing the hopes of the enthusiastic home supporters. Bamber pulled out an impressive gap to Abay, one which the frustrated Australian was unable to chip away at, and crossed the line 3.850 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger.
Behind them however, three BMW Juniors; Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Eurasia Motorsport), Grunwell and Aaron Lim (Eurasia Motorsport), were engaged in a pitched battle. On lap 8, Grunwell finally got the better of Ricciardo although the latter briefly managed to regain 3rd in the closing laps. Unable to match the speed of the Thai on the straights, however, it was Grunwell who finally grabbed back the last podium spot.
Grunwell was full of praise for the disappointed Ali, who had so wanted to excel at his "home" race: "He was trying very hard to pass me. He had a really good race pace at the start."
Following the race, the Formula BMW Asia drivers donated their winnings, plus a donation from BMW Indonesia, in the form of cheques worth USD 10.000 to the relief efforts following the most recent tsunami to hit Indonesia.