The Earl of Wanganui Wins F-BMW in Sentul and Meritus takes Pole in F-BMW Report 3 of 5: Sentul Circuit Indonesia 23/07/06: Wanganui driver Earl Bamber (16 Years: Team Meritus) won round 9 of the Formula BMW championship yesterday. This...
The Earl of Wanganui Wins F-BMW in Sentul and Meritus takes Pole in F-BMW
Report 3 of 5: Sentul Circuit Indonesia 23/07/06: Wanganui driver Earl Bamber (16 Years: Team Meritus) won round 9 of the Formula BMW championship yesterday. This morning Earl added a second victory earning maximum score in Round 10 of the series. In Round 11 this afternoon Earl pulled out a commanding lead until he had to withdraw when a gear selector broke allowing Sam Abay (Australia: Team E-Rain) to take the race honors for Round 11 with Earl's Meritus teammate James Grunwell taking a well-earned P2 and fastest lap.
Round 10 of the F-BMW series saw Earl produce a picture perfect lights-to- flag victory on the Sentul Track in Indonesia. Earl's wins today and yesterday closed the points gap with Sam Abay to just 14 points, however his DNF in round 11 handed Sam a 34-point lead.
Making it an all-New Zealand day in Indonesia, the Meritus-entered Formula V6 Asia driver Matt Halliday had a pole, a P3 in the Sprint race (Rd5) behind his teammate (the 2006 New Zealand GP winner) Hamad Al Fardan and a P2 in the Grand Race.
Earl's Meritus teammate James Grunwell did not have a perfect start to his weekend, commencing from P3 on the grid, finishing P4 in round 9 but he recovered with a stylish drive with a P3 podium finish in round 10. James was determined to improve on his P3 in round 11 and with a well-earned fastest lap he also achieved his goal with a P2.
Says Earl: "I was really motivated for this race weekend and focused on giving the car 110% effort for the fist three laps and then control the race pace with info from my Meritus pits. Race 9 was great and both the car and the track gave me the opportunity to prove a point with a P1 result. For round 10 again the car was perfect and I had a good race rythmn. However I was smiling too soon in round 11, I lead from the lights until lap 8 with I was stuck in 6th gear and the paddle shift was not commanding the gearbox to change down and I was forced to let Sam Abay past"
Earl goes on to say: I came into this event 26 points down after the electrical problem in Beijing and reduced the margin to 14 points but my DNF in round 11 had given Sam a margin now of 34 points. With 9 rounds to go and 189 points still to earn I will be giving my best to win my first international series with Meritus"
Says James Grunwell: "My start in Rd 9 was not so good but in Rd 10 I had a much better start. Round 11 start was my best and I was on Sam Abay's tail for all the 15 laps but his car filled the track and I could not find a way by. I got two fastest laps this weekend and I am happy that I found my pace back and I hope my team manager Peter Thompson will be happy with my efforts today!"