TOP TEN FINISH FOR OLLIE MILLROY AT SILVERSTONE Ollie Millroy made his British debut in front of 150,000 fans this weekend, finishing tenth in the third round of the Formula BMW Europe Championship at Silverstone. In the support race to the ...
TOP TEN FINISH FOR OLLIE MILLROY AT SILVERSTONE
Ollie Millroy made his British debut in front of 150,000 fans this weekend, finishing tenth in the third round of the Formula BMW Europe Championship at Silverstone. In the support race to the British Formula One Grand Prix, 18 year-old Ollie took his first points of the season in a rain-soaked second race to move him up to sixth in the rookie cup.
The Claygate teenager, drives for Fisichella Motorsport International in the 16-round championship, which supports seven European F1 and GP2 races. This weekend's event, the only round in the UK, had Ollie one of seven young up and coming British drivers looking to uphold local honours in front of a capacity crowd.
The event kicked off with free practice on Friday morning ahead of the crucial qualifying session in the afternoon. In the 30 minute session, in which the first 16 cars were covered by less than a second, Ollie posted the 16th and 15th times respectively for the two races.
"It was such a close run thing in qualifying," said Ollie. "In free practice we went too high on tyre pressures so the car went off quite quickly but in qualifying it was good, it was very close. Had I been just three tenths quicker I'd have been seventh!"
Race one started proceedings at the Northamptonshire track on Saturday morning and proved challenging for the BMW Junior development driver, winner of one of only four BMW Scholarships awarded this year. Starting from the eighth row, the British MSA Race Elite Academy driver got away well and made up several places but a collision with Tiago Geronimi at Stowe Corner on the second lap dropped him down the order.
"I made a good start and was moving through the field but then I collided with Geronimi at Stowe on lap two," said Ollie. "He hit my front wheel which bent the wishbone and as a result I lost around three seconds a lap."
The incident seriously damaged Ollie's car, costing him valuable time and with it a possible points-scoring finish as he crossed the line 24th.
The second race held on Sunday also proved challenging for all the drivers. As they prepared to take up their grid spot, the heavens opened sending the teams into action to replace their dry slick tyres for wet-weather ones.
On a soaking wet track however, Ollie was in his element, making up two places before the field entered Copse for the first time. Over the course of the race, Ollie made up five places to cross the line tenth, to take his first points in only his third event, and jump to sixth place in the Rookie standings.
"Race two was good, I really enjoyed that as I love racing in the wet. I had hoped for rain all weekend and I got it. The sad thing is though for everyone else watching it wasn't so good.
"Despite the rain though, the atmosphere all weekend was fantastic. And although I didn't really get the chance to do or see anything else as I was so busy, it was a good weekend and it's great to finally get some points on the board."
Ollie's next stop will be at the BMW Education and Coaching Programme in Leverkusen, Germany prior to his next race which supports the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim in two weeks time.