OLLIE MILLROY BACK ON TRACK IN GERMANY Ollie Millroy returns to racing action at this weekend's German Grand Prix when he competes in the fourth round of the Formula BMW Europe Championship at Hockenheim. Last time out, at Silverstone, the ...
OLLIE MILLROY BACK ON TRACK IN GERMANY
Ollie Millroy returns to racing action at this weekend's German Grand Prix when he competes in the fourth round of the Formula BMW Europe Championship at Hockenheim. Last time out, at Silverstone, the 18 year-old took his first points of the season backing up his superb sixth place finish in the BMW Americas series last month.
His tenth place, on a rain-soaked track two weeks ago, moved him up to sixth in the rookie cup. Now the Fisichella Motorsport International driver heads to the next round fired up and determined to improve further as he bids to move up the rankings.
"I really like the Hockenheim circuit, it's one of my favourites," said Ollie. "It's a good circuit and has a variety of corners with lots of overtaking opportunities, so it should be a good race. I'll be looking for two top ten finishes this weekend and I'm confident of being able to improve and get more points."
The Claygate teenager is one of a handful of 'rookie' drivers in their first year in cars but many of the others have competed previously in domestic FBMW championships in the UK and Germany, prior to the European series, which supports seven European F1 and GP2 races.
This weekend's event, as always will attract around 150,000 spectators over the three days. For the BMW Junior development driver, winner of one of only four BMW Scholarships awarded this year, far from adding pressure, the crowd and hype surrounding F1 only adds to the atmosphere.
"It's great to be racing in front of such a huge crowd but no, it doesn't add any pressure as when you're actually in the car you're not aware of anything else around you except the other cars on track. You only really see what's going on when you're on the formation lap or sitting on the grid and you can see the people in the grandstands and around the track and it's pretty amazing".
"As a scholarship driver there is always so much going on and I'm constantly busy meeting guests and sponsors of BMW or being interviewed so I don't have a lot of time to even think about nerves. I find being on the grid in car racing a lot easier to handle than when I was in a European kart race, which have rolling starts. Sometimes you just didn't know if you were going to make the first corner".
The British MSA Race Elite Academy driver will fly out to Germany on Tuesday to attend the BMW Education and Coaching Programme in Leverkusen, Germany. There he will have his fitness re-assessed following an earlier assessment in March.
"I've always had a good fitness programme and have worked with my trainers, Pro- Performance for many years now. This has helped me enormously and their programme has now been supplemented by some additional work by BMW. It's all working well but on Wednesday morning BMW will be looking for an improvement from March. I'm confident though, I've been working especially hard so I'm sure that every level of my fitness is higher".
Straight from Leverkusen, Ollie will travel to Hockenheim ready to be at the circuit on Thursday morning for scrutineering and briefing. His on-track activity will kick off with free practice at 12.50 on Friday prior to qualifying at 17.45 that afternoon.
The first 13 lap race will start at 17.40 on Saturday with Sunday's race kicking off circuit activities at 09.15.