NA: Team Autotecnica Interlagos weekend summary

Sao Paulo, Brazi, November 4, 2008 - Team Autotecnica scores 2nd and 3rd overall in Formula BMW Americas Championship while Raimondo clinches the Rookie Championship Team Autotecnica ended their Formula BMW Americas final race weekend in Sao...

Sao Paulo, Brazi, November 4, 2008 - Team Autotecnica scores 2nd and 3rd overall in Formula BMW Americas Championship while Raimondo clinches the Rookie Championship

Team Autotecnica ended their Formula BMW Americas final race weekend in Sao Paulo Brazil, in support of the Formula One World Championship, on November 2, 2008 at Interlagos.

Gianmarco Raimondo, 17 (Team Autotecnica), of St. Catharines, Ontario, qualified sixth for Round 16, securing sixth place in the race. Qualifying fifth for Round 17, Gianmarco approached his strategy with maturity, keeping his sights on the prize, and finished fourth to clinch the Formula BMW Rookie Championship Title in his maiden year as a Formula BMW driver. Raimondo comes home to Canada awarded with the most sought after prize among Formula BMW Rookie drivers all over the world.

During Round 16, Ricardo Favoretto, 19 (Team Autotecnica) of Brazil, realized a thirty second penalty for a prior contact with another driver, Lucas Foresti (Amir Nasr Racing), setting him back to eleventh place. Despite qualifying concerns for Ricardo starting in thirteenth spot for both Rounds, he managed to excite his hometown crowd and Formula One teams, picking through the grid to fourth place, during Round 17, maintaining second place overall in the series.

Team Autotecnica went into Round 17, with a strategy to bring home the 2008 Rookie Championship Title with the incredible efforts of the entire team. Enrico Diano, co-owner and Motorsport Director added "Given our current position going into this race weekend, we couldn't have asked for better results, coming home with the Formula BMW Americas 2008 Rookie Championship Title was a real testament to our efforts last year having achieved the same goal with former Formula BMW Americas driver Esteban Gutierrez. We're all proud of Gianmarco who has come a long way this season to achieve this goal. We will celebrate briefly because now we have to look forward to placing our cars at the front of the grid for the World Final in Mexico City."

Sunday's race (Round 17), also marked the Team's bid to promote the revival of the Canadian Grand Prix for 2009 and future years. Team Autotecnica's race livery donned the "REVIVE CANADIAN GP" logos on the side pods of both cars, and the Team wore commemorative team shirts promoting to Formula One Management, the hopeful return of the Canadian race. With the close of the Formula One World Championship, Formula One fans are keeping their fingers crossed for the strong possibilities of the return of the Canadian event.

A great race weekend for Team Autotecnica as both Formula BMW Junior drivers, Gianmarco Raimondo and Ricardo Favoretto, had brilliant finishes in Round 17 and secured the Team's 2nd and 3rd overall standings in the points.The Team returns to Concord, Ontario for a short period, before heading off the the Formula BMW World Final in Mexico City, the final event hosted by BMW Motorsport. The World Final takes place on December 5-7, 2008 in the city street circuit of "Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez".

-credit: ta

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Ricardo Favoretto , Gianmarco Raimondo , Lucas Foresti