Patrizi wins in Formula BMW Asia in Korea 8 August 2005 - Michael Patrizi has secured his first win for the 2005 Formula BMW Asia Championship by dominating Round 10 of the series in Taeback, Korea on Sunday. Formula BMW Asia Junior Patrizi...
Patrizi wins in Formula BMW Asia in Korea
8 August 2005 - Michael Patrizi has secured his first win for the 2005 Formula BMW Asia Championship by dominating Round 10 of the series in Taeback, Korea on Sunday.
Formula BMW Asia Junior Patrizi had his fair share of problems over the weekend, but rose to the challenge at the Junyong Circuit. "It's not the first time I have crossed the line first this year, but this time I get to keep it," joked Patrizi, referring to the win that he was denied at the last event in Beijing.
"This win was great, especially when I won in such a dominating style. This was a great effort from myself and my team."
Patrizi was an innocent victim in a multi-car accident at the first corner of the weekend's second race. The race was red flagged and Patrizi's Team Meritus crew did a fantastic job in repairing the car's damaged suspension and front wing before the restart.
As one of the cars involved in the accident, Patrizi was forced to start the restart from the rear, but it proved little worry for the West Australian. Patrizi cut through the field and once in the lead pulled a solid gap. Such was his lead at the race's end that Patrizi was able to slow as he approached the finish line to acknowledge the efforts of his team, who were crowded on the pit wall.
The earlier race also saw Patrizi start from the back after events not of his doing. A faulty kill switch on Patrizi's car cut the engine as the cars sat on the grid. As a restart was then needed, Patrizi was sent to the rear, coming up through the field to finish fourth. The race was held in atrocious wet conditions, racing even ceasing for a few hours while the torrential rain hammered the circuit. When the race did eventually get underway, the first six laps were done under safety car as to clear some standing water. In qualifying, Patrizi qualified fourth for both races. The first qualifying session was clear proof of the competitive nature of Formula BMW Asia, as Patrizi's best time was only 0.041 seconds behind the polesitter, yet still only good enough for fourth.
It was a good weekend for Patrizi, putting him right up there in the thick of the battle for the championship and also putting him in second in the rookie standings.
"All in all it was a good weekend for me here in Korea. We had limited practice, but we fought on. We missed Thursday practice with a broken gearbox, then some of Friday.
"Come Sunday the car was great. It shows that this team is great." Patrizi now flies directly to the United States, where this weekend he will debut for Team Australia's Formula BMW team, which forms part of that operation's new driver development program.
"I'm happy to head to Denver with this confidence. I'm looking forward to joining Team Australia and doing it all over again at the Denver Grand Prix."