SECOND AGAIN FOR WOOTTON IN FBMW PACIFIC RD 2 MALAYSIA -- April 5, 2009: Australian Formula BMW Junior, Chris Wootton has scored his second consecutive runner up placing in Formula BMW Pacific, under changeable conditions today at Sepang ...
SECOND AGAIN FOR WOOTTON IN FBMW PACIFIC RD 2
MALAYSIA -- April 5, 2009: Australian Formula BMW Junior, Chris Wootton has scored his second consecutive runner up placing in Formula BMW Pacific, under changeable conditions today at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.
The Brisbane-based 20-year-old exorcised yesterday's startline demons and made a magnificent start -- his lead out to around 15 car lengths as the field approached the final turn on lap one.
Being the leader, Wootton was the pioneer when it came to testing out track conditions and catching a waterlogged piece of racetrack, he went off the circuit, dropping back to third. Several other competitors were guilty of the same mistake.
Ultimately, he was able to fight his way back to second in the shortened race, finishing behind Indonesian race winner, Rio Haryanto. Finishing third was Irishman, Gary Thompson.
Typically hot and sweaty conditions greeted teams and spectators as they arrived for the Formula 1™ PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix race day. A deluge struck early afternoon, which dried out significantly ahead of the Formula BMW Pacific event.
Opinion was divided among the paddock as to whether slicks or wets were the logical choice. Eurasia Motorsport sent Chris out on his observation lap on wets, before changing to slicks on the grid. After consulting the driver over the car radio during the observation lap, all considered it the correct choice, with others around him also choosing the dry weather Michelin tyres.
Only half points were awarded for today's Round 2 of Formula BMW Pacific after the race was shortened due to time constraints.
Chris sits second in Formula BMW Pacific points after this weekend's sensational start. He is pleased with the foundation he and the Eurasia Motorsport team have built for the remainder of the season.
BEHIND THE HELMET: CHRIS WOOTTON
"I'm happy with the result overall -- it shows that we have pace and we've got a great platform for the rest of the season.
"It's going to be very, very tight between Gary, Rio and I right throughout the season, but we've shown we're right in there.
"Today was a little disappointing. Getting such a great start, I was about to settle into a rhythm and then went off track, but that's how it goes sometimes. We were the first one to come around under racing conditions, so you never know what it's going to be like. Unfortunately, we were caught out.
"All isn't lost. To walk away second in points is a great start to the season.
"I have to thank the Eurasia Motorsport team again, they have done a brilliant job this weekend and also to BMW, who have given me the opportunity to be part of the Formula BMW Junior Program again this year.
"It's a sensational program and I'm extremely proud to be the second year Formula BMW Junior representative in Formula BMW Pacific."
The next event of Formula BMW Pacific will be conducted May 21-24, once more at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia. This event will see rounds 3, 4, 5 and 6 take place.