BRADLEY TRIPLES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD AMID INCIDENT-LADEN WEEKEND Singapore, 17 May 2010 After an eventful weekend at Sepang International Circuit, Richard Bradley of Eurasia Motorsport pulls ahead of the rest of the field in both the Drivers' ...
BRADLEY TRIPLES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD AMID INCIDENT-LADEN WEEKEND
Singapore, 17 May 2010 After an eventful weekend at Sepang International Circuit, Richard Bradley of Eurasia Motorsport pulls ahead of the rest of the field in both the Drivers' Championship and Rookie Cup for the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific championship. Although he experienced a run of ill fate with technical issues and on-track collisions, the 18-year-old Singapore-based English remained calm and displayed brilliant driving prowess to extend his lead at the top of the Championship tables.
It was an incident-filled Saturday for Bradley as he was hit by other drivers in both races. He clocked competitive timings during morning practice, but qualifying was spoiled by traffic problems on his flying lap when his tyres were at their best and he only qualified in sixth place.
In the first of four races for the weekend (Round 3 of the Championship), Bradley charged up to third place from sixth before Turn 1. Unfortunately, midway through the race, he was hit by a guest driver who was attempting to pass. This caused his rear left axle to break in the process, putting a premature end to his race.
That was not the last of his misfortune as he met with another incident at the second turn after the start of the second race (Round 4). Up to third place from fifth, Bradley's car spun after being hit by another car. Rejoining the race in second last place, Bradley aggressively chased the rest of the field and eventually finished ninth despite having damage to his car.
Undeterred by his luck on Saturday, Bradley put up an outstanding display of his racing capabilities in Round 5 on Sunday. Starting from the back of the grid due to his non- finish in Round 3, he launched a hot pursuit of the frontrunners and was up to fourth place by the fourth lap. However, Bradley simply ran out of laps and crossed the finish line a fraction of a second behind the third place winner.
At the final race of the weekend, Bradley maintained his excellent performance and scored maximum points for the race when he finished ahead of all the other Formula BMW Pacific drivers.
"It was a most frustrating weekend but nevertheless we achieved the ultimate objective of extending the Championship lead," said Bradley at the end of Sunday.
"Although it didn't go as smoothly as we would have liked, I did my best to make the most of the situation I was in and I have certainly learnt a lot."
Team Principal of Eurasia Motorsport Martin Quick comments, "The point of the weekend was to increase our advantage which we did for both the Drivers' and Teams' Championships but it was more difficult that it should have been because qualifying did not go well."
He adds, "Richard has done very well to cope with the various issues and he clearly showed that he has the pace, especially in Round 5 when he chased from the back of the grid in 18th place all the way to 4th. Given one more lap in the race, he would probably have been on the podium."
Coming into the intensive weekend 12 points ahead of the next driver, Bradley stretches his lead in the Drivers' Championship to 34 points whilst Eurasia Motorsport extends its advantage in the Teams' Championship to 31 points above the next team.
The next round of Formula BMW Pacific will take place at the end of August at South Korea's all-new Formula 1 international circuit.