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A promising first round! This weekend DAMS raced in the first round of the 2010 Formula BMW Championship held during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix meeting on the Montmelo circuit. The drivers were Javier Tarancon, already with DAMS in 2009, and a ...

A promising first round!

This weekend DAMS raced in the first round of the 2010 Formula BMW Championship held during the Spanish F1 Grand Prix meeting on the Montmelo circuit. The drivers were Javier Tarancon, already with DAMS in 2009, and a rookie from Malaysia, Fahmi Ilyas, making his debut after finishing fourth in the 2009 BMW Pacific Championship.

Both drivers had a fairly competitive qualifying session, even though slower cars on the track penalized Javier, who was third on the grid for race 1 and seventh for race 2. On Saturday, the Spaniard drove a great race despite a slightly twitchy car to finish fourth. The next day, his car handled much better and he put on a great show picking off his rivals one by one to finish fifth.

Fahmi started from the fourth row for the 2 races. Unfortunately, he was punted off on both occasions and did not finish.

Despite the weekend's disappointments, DAMS had a promising first round and is getting ready for the next event at Zandvoort in the Netherlands on 4-6 June.

Loïc David, General Manager: "After a good practice session we started our 2010 campaign this weekend and our performance was quite promising. Javier got on the pace quickly and after a year's learning in 2009, he showed that he's a driver to be reckoned with this season. Fahmi lacked running as he missed two tests this winter but he found his marks very quickly. He had to retire in both races because of a collision, which is a shame. It often happens when you start in the middle of the pack. Our next aim is to improve our performances in qualifying to ensure that we have more competitive races."

Javier Tarancon
Race 1: 3rd on the grid, 4th at the finish
Race 2: 7th on the grid, 5th at the finish
3rd in the championship with 34 points

"Qualifying was a bit difficult as I was held up by other cars, and I didn't have as good a place on the grid in race 2 as in race 1. On Saturday, my car lacked a bit of speed and I wasn't able to defend my third place. On Sunday, it was very quick and I was able to move up the field. My ambition for Zandvoort is to be on the podium twice. We want to fight at the front this season, and after the first round, I think that's possible."

Fahmi Ilyas
Race 1: 8th on the grid, rtd
Race 2: 8th on the grid, rtd
16th in the championship

"I've got mixed feelings. On the one hand, my starting positions weren't too bad, given the fact that I spent the last tests getting to know the car. This performance is encouraging. But I'm disappointed not to have seen the chequered flag, as covering a race distance would have been very important for the rest of the season. I hope to make up for lost time at Zandvoort."

-source: dams

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Javier Tarancon , Fahmi Ilyas
Teams DAMS