Perfect weekend for Haryanto in Indonesia. Sentul, Indonesia - It was an all-out perfect weekend for Rio Haryanto (INA/Questnet Team Qi-Meritus) as the 16-year old won pole position and then all four Formula BMW Pacific races held at the Sentul...
Perfect weekend for Haryanto in Indonesia.
Sentul, Indonesia - It was an all-out perfect weekend for Rio Haryanto (INA/Questnet Team Qi-Meritus) as the 16-year old won pole position and then all four Formula BMW Pacific races held at the Sentul International Circuit. Finishing second in Round 10 was Formula BMW Pacific Junior Axcil Jefferies (ZIM/15/Eurasia Motorsport) who fought all race to finish one place better, while Rookie Cup leader Gary Thompson (IRL/17/E-Rain Racing) rounded out the podium.
Haryanto, who took over the Drivers Classification lead in Round 9, now leads Thompson by 12 points, while Jefferies is 22 points behind the leader. With five races left in the 2009, including two in support of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix in September, the drivers in contention for the championship are sure to put in a spirited fight.
Having started from pole in each of the weekend's three previous races, Haryanto did the same in Round 10 and led from pole to chequered flag. Jefferies was determined to finish better than his starting position and while the young Zimbabwean came within three-tenths of a second, he could not over take and finished 1.7 seconds off of first place.
Early in the race Fahmi Ilyas (MAS/17/E-Rain Racing) attempted to move past his teammate Thompson. However, a determined Thompson battled back and Ilyas fell behind. Ilyas finished the race in seventh.
Dustin Sofyan (INA/15/Questnet Team Qi-Meritus), who along with Haryanto was racing on his home circuit just outside of Jakarta, matched his best finish of the season and finished fourth, after starting fifth. Sofyan was pleased at his season-best result and said that he felt with time and experience he would be able to better his finishes and reach the podium.
Formula BMW Junior Chris Wootton (AUS/20/Eurasia Motorsport) also had his best finish of the weekend and finished in sixth position, five places ahead of where he started. Junior Steel Guiliana (AUS/18/Atlantic Racing Team) started and finished the race in tenth, after running into trouble early in the race.
With four rounds completed as part of the Asian Festival of Speed, the series now heads into an exciting autumn finale, first with races on the Marina Bay street circuit, followed by two races in support of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Okayama, Japan. The season finale will take place on the Guia Circuit as part of the 56th Macau Grand Prix.
1st: Rio Haryanto: "There's nothing better than the feeling I have right now. I hope in Singapore I will have the same performance and I am quite confident for the Singapore races seeing that my car was fantastic here. I am happy about the championship lead, but there's still a long way to go and I'm not thinking about taking the title yet because anything can happen."
2nd: Axcil Jefferies: "I had a great start for the race and I managed to put the pressure on Rio. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get past him, but I am getting closer and closer to him with every race. "
3rd: Gary Thompson: "I am a bit disappointed. I expected to at least get one win this weekend, but it didn't quite come around. I guess you have to be positive considering we didn't have much pace throughout the races. Four podiums is quite good. Third is an okay result, but I am looking forward to Singapore where anything can happen."