TOUGH SPA OUTING FOR OLLIE MILLROY Ollie Millroy continued his challenging first season in car racing in the penultimate round of the Formula BMW Europe Championship at the fabulous Spa Francorchamps circuit at the weekend. The teenager started...
TOUGH SPA OUTING FOR OLLIE MILLROY
Ollie Millroy continued his challenging first season in car racing in the penultimate round of the Formula BMW Europe Championship at the fabulous Spa Francorchamps circuit at the weekend. The teenager started his weekend on a high, posting the sixth quickest time in Friday's free practice session which supported the Belgian Grand Prix.
During the critical qualifying session, the Claygate youngster was running comfortably in the top ten on a drying track but lost out in the dying seconds of the session. Crossing the line just after the chequered flag was shown, the drivers who had crossed the line in front of him had another lap in which to improve their times, dropping Ollie down the order to give him and 20th and 16th start for the two races.
In race one, Ollie's car struggled with straight line speed and was bottoming out through the ultra-fast Eau Rouge corner, leaving him unable to get on the pace of the leaders. In the second race, Ollie made a storming start to make up three places but was the unfortunate victim of a third corner crash which eliminated him along with several other drivers.
"To say I didn't have the best of weekends is an understatement," said Ollie. "In the first race the car was painfully slow on the straights and the fact that it was 'grounding' going flat through Eau Rouge and other parts of the track didn't help. Cars that normally can't get near me were passing me on the straights as though I was standing still.
"I started 16th in race two and gave myself a really good chance of scoring some points by passing three cars off the line. As I neared the third corner there was an accident at the front of the field, which caused everyone to bunch up and created chaos further down the pack. Unfortunately as I turned the corner, there were two cars already facing the wrong way and I had nowhere to go."
Ollie will resume his racing with the final rounds of the championship at the historic Monza circuit in Italy this weekend.
"Although I am really looking forward to racing at Monza, realistically I think we'll struggle for pace again on this very fast track. This will be my last race in the Formula BMW Europe Championship and although the results have not been as consistent as I would have liked, I have nevertheless learnt a lot this season.
"It's been a great opportunity to learn the circuits and get used to working with an engineer which I know will help me to go forward for the rest of this year and indeed my whole future career."