Kral sets the pace at Brands Hatch test session. Brands Hatch, 16 March, 2007. The Formula BMW UK Championship made it's first official trip to Brands Hatch this week as a new crop of drivers got to grips with the Indy circuit, ahead of their...
Kral sets the pace at Brands Hatch test session.
Brands Hatch, 16 March, 2007. The Formula BMW UK Championship made it's first official trip to Brands Hatch this week as a new crop of drivers got to grips with the Indy circuit, ahead of their first races of the season here in two weeks time.
In the glorious Kent sunshine, the group of 18 young drivers made the most of the 14 hours of track time made available exclusively to them over the two days.
Josef Kral (Double R Racing) proved once again the man to beat clocking quickest overall times on each of the two test days. Kral commented: "It's going well and I'm happy to still be up at the top following the first test session at Rockingham. I want to win!"
Henry Surtees (Carlin Motorsport) again emerged as one of the quickest Rookies. "The last two days have been all about preparing for the first race and we've had really good sessions. It's a steep learning curve at the moment as even though I've raced here in Ginetta Junior, Formula BMW is very different."
Swedish Rookie Marcus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsport) topped the afternoon times reaffirming that the 2007 Rookies look ready to challenge at the front right from the start of the season.
Stephen Jelley in his Double R Racing F3 car took to the track in the lunch hour, giving drivers a close up view of the prize they are competing for. As well as the coveted trophy, this year's Formula BMW UK Champion will receive a test drive in the F3 car.
Peter Walker, General Manager, Sports Marketing, BMW (UK) commented: "The Formula BMW UK Championship provides a fantastic introduction to competitive single seater racing and is committed to offering young drivers the chance to realise their potential. An F3 test with Double R Racing is a great incentive and will offer this season's Champion valuable experience as they pursue their F1 dream."
After two official tests, and with such close lap times, the stage is set for a thrilling Formula BMW UK Championship opener when the group return to the short Indy circuit at Brands Hatch on April 1.
The final official pre-season test for all teams is at Croft on 22/23 March.
<pre> Brands Hatch Indy Combined Times.
Thursday, 15 March 2007 1. Josef Kral Double R Racing 46.355 2. Valle Makela Nexa Racing 46.555 3. Henry Surtees* Carlin Motorsport 46.620 4. Henry Arundel Fortec Motorsport 46.670 5. Jonathan Legris Motaworld Racing 46.704 6. Marcus Ericsson* Fortec Motorsport 46.767 7. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs* Fortec Motorsport 46.961 8. Sam Abay Team Loctite 46.968 9. Kimiya Sato Rowan Motor Racing Ltd 46.988 10. Daniel McKenzie Fortec Motorsport 47.010
Friday, 16 March 2007 1. Josef Kral Double R Racing 46.154 2. Marcus Ericsson* Fortec Motorsport 46.539 3. Jonathan Legris Motaworld Racing 46.567 4. Henry Arundel Fortec Motorsport 46.623 5. Henry Surtees* Carlin Motorsport 46.669 6. Valle Makela Nexa Racing 46.706 7. Sam Abay Carlin Motorsport 46.721 8. Oliver Webb* Carlin Motorsport 46.846 9. Daniel McKenzie Fortec Motorsport 46.920 10. Kimiya Sato Rowan Motor Racing Ltd 46.961
* indicates driver eligible for Rookie Cup </pre> -credit: fbmw.uk