PAC: Series Sepang preview

Strong field looks to halt Bradley dominance. Kuala Lumpur - The next generation of potential Formula One stars will be back in action this month as Formula BMW Pacific returns to Malaysia for four races on the Sepang International Circuit on...

Strong field looks to halt Bradley dominance.

Kuala Lumpur - The next generation of potential Formula One stars will be back in action this month as Formula BMW Pacific returns to Malaysia for four races on the Sepang International Circuit on May 15-16.

Leading the charge in both the Drivers' Classification and the Rookie Cup after victory in the first two races is Richard Bradley of Singapore (18/Eurasia Motorsport), whose domination of last month's opening event in support of the 2010 Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix has set the bar for the season ahead.

However, with 22 other drivers all focused on halting his winning run, Bradley will be up against fierce competition in the region's premier junior single-seater series.

Colombian hotshot and rookie Oscar Tunjo (Meritus), made a strong start to the season, ending his debut weekend second on the leaderboard, 12 points behind Bradley.

Former Formula BMW Junior Axcil Jefferies of Zimbabwe (15/Motaworld Racing) should go well this time after struggling with setup in the opening rounds. No stranger to the Malaysian track, Jefferies won his first two Formula BMW Pacific races there in 2009, and will be looking to claw back some points over the four-race weekend.

Fourth overall in the Drivers Classification is Dustin Sofyan (15/INA/Meritus) who, like Jefferies, is in his second season with the series.

Third in the Rookie Cup standings and top performing scholarship driver so far is Formula BMW Junior Kotaro Sakurai (15/PHI/Eurasia Motorsport) of Japan. The exciting Japanese talent qualified third for the opening round, but a beginner's error saw him spin out of the race. Proving he is a fast learner, Round 2 saw him make amends with an impressive 3rd place finish.

Calvin Wong (18) leads the four-strong Malaysian PETRONAS Mofaz Racing squad. Starting his second season, Wong suffered an early setback finishing out of the points in Round 1, but bounced back in Round 2. His team mates, all rookies this year, had mixed fortunes during their home circuit debuts.

Formula BMW Juniors Jordan Oon (20/AUS/E-Rain Racing) and Jesse Dixon (17/AUS/Atlantic Racing Team) both made encouraging debuts, with Oon finishing in the top ten in both races.

The three-strong Eurointernational squad of guest drivers is back this month and, despite not being eligible to score points in the Pacific series, will be determined to dominate the podium this time around. In April, Formula BMW and Red Bull Junior Carlos Sainz Junior finished second in the opening round, missing out on the podium in Round 2, but leading home a three-car Eurointernational charge.

The four races are part of the Asian Festival of Speed weekend, and will provide plenty of important track time for the young drivers, of which 15 are rookies this season.

-source: fbmw pacific

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Carlos Sainz , Axcil Jefferies , Calvin Wong , Dustin Sofyan , Jordan Oon , Oscar Tunjo , Jesse Dixon , Kotaro Sakurai , Richard Bradley