Esteban Gutierrez was in a strong position going into the final heat race of the Formula BMW World Final, and he made the most of it, finishing second to his teammate Michael Christensen and clinching the pole position for this afternoon's World...
Esteban Gutierrez was in a strong position going into the final heat race of the Formula BMW World Final, and he made the most of it, finishing second to his teammate Michael Christensen and clinching the pole position for this afternoon's World Final main event.
The young Mexican had been tied with Daniel Juncadella atop the standings going into the final heat, but his first-heat victory gave him a pole-position start for today's third heat race.
His Josef Kaufmann Racing teammate, Christensen, had finished some 0.7 seconds behind Gutierrez in the first race, giving him the other front-row slot. Christensen wanted the win this time, and wisely Gutierrez did not risk his World Final pole position for the lesser glory of another heat race victory. Christensen eventually edged his teammate by a nose, winning by 0.225 seconds.
Mikael Grenier scored his best finish of the weekend, after fifth and a tenth places yesterday, finishing third some 1.2 seconds behind Gutierrez, while Ollie Milroy improved to fourth from his pair of sixth places yesterday.
Alexander Rossi, who had challenged Juncadella for victory in yesterday's second heat, finished eighth after losing one of the gears in his gearbox.
Gutierrez, the Formula BMW Europe champion, now takes the pole position for this afternoon's race, with five points to Christensen's seven (the heats were scored similar to sailing competitions, with zero points to the winner and others getting a number equal to their finishing positions).
The second row will feature Juncadella (nine points) and Formula BMW USA champion Alexander Rossi (14). Behind them will be Millroy (16) and Grenier (18).