EU: Series Silverstone preview

Silverstone Is The Next Stop For Formula BMW Europe. Munich. Formula BMW Europe is back supporting the next race of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship at one of the world's most famous race circuits, Silverstone. The driver leading the series...

Silverstone Is The Next Stop For Formula BMW Europe.

Munich. Formula BMW Europe is back supporting the next race of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship at one of the world's most famous race circuits, Silverstone. The driver leading the series into the British Grand Prix weekend is Brazilian Felipe Nasr (Eurointernational), but the leading Brit wanting to make a name for himself in front of his home crowd is Jack Harvey (Fortec Motorsport).

Last weekend was a dream for Rookie driver Harvey. The 16-year-old claimed his first pole and first win of the season in Zandvoort and his thoughts ahead of Silverstone are: "I'm really looking forward to my home Grand Prix. There will be a great atmosphere and I hope all of us British drivers in the series will have strong weekends. For me Silverstone is the best track in Great Britain - the absolute pinnacle. I went there to watch the Grand Prix for the first time in 2004, and this made me realise what could happen if everything goes well in my career."

With four rounds behind them Nasr has an impressive record of two poles in Barcelona, two wins, one in Barcelona and one in Zandvoort, and two second places. He liked the 5.141 kilometre track when the drivers tested there before the start of the season as he explained: "I enjoyed the Silverstone track when we were testing there. My results were good and so I am hoping for two exciting races. It would be great to get a good result on such a classic track in front of the enthusiastic British fans."

There will be four other British drivers on the grids alongside Harvey and they are William Buller (Fortec Motorsport), Kazeem Manzur (Josef Kaufmann Racing), Ollie Milroy (Motaworld Racing Europe Ltd) and Rupert Svensden-Cook (Raikkonen Robertson Racing). Second Brit in the points' standings is Manzur, who is back for his second year in the series. "Last year I competed in my maiden car races at Silverstone in the series and I love the track. It is fast and flowing and is very much my home track as I grew up just half an hour away in Milton Keynes," he said.

There will again be a guest driver at this race with Gary Thompson from Ireland being a third entry for Raikkonen Robertson Racing. He is currently racing in Formula BMW Pacific where he is leading the series after the first six rounds. Meanwhile the first race at Silverstone will be tough for Jack Te Braak (Mucke Motorsport) after he was involved in an incident at his home event at the weekend. Due to what happened in race two he will take a drop of five places on the grid for race one at Silverstone.

Silverstone is in Northamptonshire about 12 miles west of the county town of Northampton. It has proved popular as the home of the British Grand Prix with the first one held there on 13 May 1950, which was also the first ever World Championship Grand Prix. This year will be the 43rd time the event has been held there and will also be the last as in 2010 the race is due to move to Donington Park. The Formula BMW Europe timetable for the weekend will start with free practice on Friday from 08.50 to 09.15 and qualifying from 12.50 to 13.15. The first 13 lap race will be on Saturday at 16.30, while race two will be on Sunday at at 08.20. All times are local which is BST.

-credit: fbmw

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Kazeem Manzur , Jack Harvey , Jack Te Braak , Gary Thompson , Felipe Nasr