OLLIE MILLROY MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST BRITISH DRIVER ON PODIUM IN SINGAPORE Ollie Millroy showed the form that earned him one of only four coveted European BMW Scholarships when he took his maiden podium finish in the Formula BMW Pacific ...
OLLIE MILLROY MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST BRITISH DRIVER ON PODIUM IN SINGAPORE
Ollie Millroy showed the form that earned him one of only four coveted European BMW Scholarships when he took his maiden podium finish in the Formula BMW Pacific Championship in Singapore this weekend. The 18 year-old made history when on Friday morning he became the very first British driver to drive the brand new street circuit, which hosted the first ever Formula 1 night race.
On his first run around the stunning Marina Bay Street Circuit, the Claygate teenager posted the fastest lap of the session and declared the circuit as 'unbelievable'.
"As soon as I arrived here and saw this amazing country and circuit, I was excited about driving here" said Ollie. "It really is an awesome circuit, unbelievable, and one which I'd felt good about all weekend. With 24 corners, it's not an easy circuit but every driver I've spoken with, including the F1 guys, just love it.
"The Motaworld team has done a really good job this weekend and right from the start gave me a good car. As soon as I drove it I felt happy with the set-up and knew that a podium finish was achievable."
In qualifying Ollie continued his superb form, running fastest for the first half of the session, until he was dropped to third whilst pitting for a second set of new tyres. "It's great to finally be able to take the strong form we had in free practice into the qualifying session and I know I could have had pole, but when I came in to change onto new tyres two others, who had already been in, went quicker. As they did someone hit the wall and the session was stopped and I was unable to go back out.
"Throughout the European championship I struggled with the car and couldn't get a good grid position for the races which meant I had an uphill struggle all weekend. This weekend however, Motaworld managed to give me a good car and that's made the difference. To finally be able to show my true ability and get my first podium finish in Formula BMW is a good feeling and has set me up well for the rest of the year."
In the opening race, pole-sitter Doru Sechelariu took the immediate lead, with second-placed Ross Jamison and Ollie maintaining their positions off the line. A first lap incident involving Simon Moss brought out the safety car and, at the restart, a superb move by Ollie allowed him to pass Jamison and move into second place which he held to the flag.
"I made a good start and held my position and after the safety car went in I got a good run on Jamison along the main straight to move up to second. Although I kept gaining on the leader, it was pretty uneventful after that and that's where I finished at the flag."
The British MSA Race Elite academy driver again lined up third for race two but his chance of victory was abruptly ended on the very first lap when an electrical problem on the data logger, left him stranded on the main straight.
"Race two was a disappointment, as I am sure I could have had my first win in FBMW. I'd made another solid start, but as I went to make a move on Jamison, onto the main straight, the engine just cut out and that was me finished for the day. Unfortunately these things happen in motor racing and there's nothing anyone could have done to foresee what was going to happen, but at least I can go away from this fantastic circuit, knowing I now have the pace to win at Shanghai in three weeks time."
The BMW Junior Development Driver will head to Hockenheim in Germany on Wednesday, for testing prior to the next rounds of the Formula BMW Pacific Championship which take place at Shanghai on 18th/19th October.