Tough weekend for Patrizi in Formula BMW Asia at Sepang Michael Patrizi has endured a tough weekend at Rounds 3 and 4 of the Formula BMW Asia Championship, held over the weekend at Malaysia's Sepang International Circuit. West Australian...
Tough weekend for Patrizi in Formula BMW Asia at Sepang
Michael Patrizi has endured a tough weekend at Rounds 3 and 4 of the Formula BMW Asia Championship, held over the weekend at Malaysia's Sepang International Circuit.
West Australian Patrizi was the innocent victim of accidents in both races, resulting in a non-finish in the first race, while a good recovery in the second race resulted in a seventh placing for the Formula BMW Asia Junior.
"It was a disappointing weekend that ended up giving us two results that we didn't want," said Patrizi.
"To be crashed into twice in a weekend is something that is bitterly disappointing, but one of those things that you can do nothing about. We have confidence in our car speed, we just have to avoid some of the crazy stuff."
Patrizi quickly came to grips with the Sepang layout, finishing official practice as the fastest driver.
Qualifying, however, did not go Patrizi's way, qualifying fifth for Race 1 and sixth for Race 2. Again, the competitive nature of the Formula BMW Asia Championship was on show in qualifying, with the first few drivers all separated by only hundredths of a second.
"I found it hard to put one completely perfect lap together, which in the end cost me dearly."
In Race 1 Patrizi was hit by another competitor while running in third place, resulting in bent suspension that forced the 20-year-old to pull into the pits and retire from the race.
"I got hit and it bent the front pushrod and that was my race done. It was frustrating, as we were running in third."
Race 2 was unfortunately a similar story, with Patrizi again hit from behind, resulting in a spin. Patrizi then embarked on a reducing the enormous gap to the field, eventually making up the lost ground to climb back up to seventh position and salvage some vital championship points.
"I got through the start of the second race and was just settling in. Then I got hit really hard from behind, straight in the gearbox, sending me into a spin. By the time I got the car back on the track, the gap to the field was huge, but I managed to put some good laps together and claw the gap back and pass some cars to get seventh and some points."
"The consistent laps that I was able to put together to catch the field in the second race showed that we have the speed and gave us something positive to take away from the weekend. We just need to get a bit of luck and get ahead of the carnage, because this weekend, we seemed to be in the wrong spot all weekend."
Despite the weekend's bad luck, Patrizi is confident going into the next round in Bira, Thailand on June 10-12.
"I am really happy with the team and the speed that we have been able to get out of the car. We just need to avoid the carnage that has set us back this weekend, so we will need to focus on qualifying right at the front from now on, to stay ahead of the pack and not get knocked off the track."