Sato takes his maiden victory while Kral scores his fourth win. Kimiya Sato (Nexa Racing) made his first step onto the top of the podium at Croft today in Round Seven of the Formula BMW UK Championship 2007, with Josef Kral (Double R Racing) ...
Sato takes his maiden victory while Kral scores his fourth win.
Kimiya Sato (Nexa Racing) made his first step onto the top of the podium at Croft today in Round Seven of the Formula BMW UK Championship 2007, with Josef Kral (Double R Racing) notching up his fourth win in Round Eight.
In Round Seven, the top four made a clean getaway with Marcus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsport) putting pressure on Henry Surtees (Carlin Motorsport) in second, giving race leader Sato some breathing space. The battle for second allowed Kral to catch the pair and, as Surtees struggled with understeer following an incident earlier in the race, Ericsson needed no other invitation to place his car up the inside. Kral also capitalized, following Ericsson through to claim third but the pair were unable to catch Sato before the chequered flag came out.
"It's fantastic" Sato smiled, "I can't find all the words to explain it! I felt a little nervous as Ericsson was catching me towards the end but it was a good race"
Ericsson commented: "It's so hard to overtake at Croft so I just stuck behind Surtees to let him know | was there in the hope he would make a mistake. He did and I was able to get up the inside but unfortunately didn't have time to catch Sato."
In Round Eight, Ericsson seemed to have the win secured but a last corner challenge from Kral left Ericsson on the grass. Ericsson was able to re-join in time to finish second ahead of Surtees, but was clearly disappointed to have lost the victory at the final corner of the race. Kral had made impressive progress to move up from fifth on the grid to take his fourth win of the season and remain top race winner in 2007.
Kral said: "I wasn't happy with third in Round Seven but I made a good start in Round Eight. I was matching Ericsson's lap times for a while but I started to gain on him in the last few laps. I'm really happy to get another win, I'm slowly moving up the Championship table!"
Ericsson's two second place finishes gave him both Rookie Cup victories with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Fortec Motorsport) and Carlos Huertas (Double R Racing) behind him for Round Seven, sixth and ninth overall, and Surtees and Quaife-Hobbs and behind him in Round Eight, third and sixth overall.
<pre> Results - Round 7 - 15 Laps 31.88 miles.
Pos Driver Nat Team Time 1. Kimiya Sato J Nexa Racing 21:06.990 2. Marcus Ericsson* SWE Fortec Motorsport 21:07.832 3. Josef Kral CZ Double R Racing 21:09.376 4. Valle Makela SF Nexa Racing 21:12.546 5. Henry Arundel GB Fortec Motorsport 21:13.851 6. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs* GB Fortec Motorsport 21:15.376 7. Jonathan Legris GB Motaworld Racing 21:20.325 8. Jordan Williams GB Team Loctite 21:25.144 9. Carlos Huertas* COL Double R Racing 21:27.860 10. Daniel McKenzie GB Fortec Motorsport 21:30.131 11. Henry Surtees* GB Carlin Motorsport 21:32.761 12. Anthony Comas F Victory Engineering 21:35.447 13. Sam Abay AUS Team Loctite 21:37.573 14. Adam Butler* GB Motaworld Racing 21:50.494 15. Rupert Svendsen-Cook* GB Team Loctite 21:51.251 DNF Oliver Webb* GB Carlin Motorsport 14 Laps DNS Tom Gladdis* GB Team BRD
Fastest Lap: Marcus Ericsson Fortec Motorsport 1m 23.313s 91.82mph 147.98kph
Pole Position: Kimiya Sato Nexa Racing 1m 22.523s
Results - Round 8 - 15 Laps 31.88 miles.
Pos Driver Nat Team Time 1. Josef Kral CZ Double R Racing 21:01.351 2. Marcus Ericsson* SWE Fortec Motorsport 21:05.895 3. Henry Surtees* GB Carlin Motorsport 21:06.406 4. Henry Arundel GB Fortec Motorsport 21:10.445 5. Kimiya Sato J Nexa Racing 21:11.204 6. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs* GB Fortec Motorsport 21:11.625 7. Jonathan Legris GB Motaworld Racing 21:18.122 8. Sam Abay AUS Team Loctite 21:19.001 9. Valle Makela SF Nexa Racing 21:19.198 10. Jordan Williams GB Team Loctite 21:20.852 11. Carlos Huertas* COL Double R Racing 21:21.419 12. Rupert Svendsen-Cook* GB Team Loctite 21:22.510 13. Oliver Webb* GB Carlin Motorsport 21:23.082 14. Tom Gladdis* GB Team BRD 21:33.116 15. Adam Butler* GB Motaworld Racing 21:48.747 DNF Anthony Comas F Victory Engineering 13 Laps DNF Daniel McKenzie GB Fortec Motorsport 0 Laps
Fastest Lap: Josef Kral Double R Racing 1m 22.917s 92.26mph 148.48kph
Pole Position: Marcus Ericsson Fortec Motorsport 1m 22.583s </pre> * indicates driver eligible for Rookie Cup
Championship Points Tables
1. Ericsson (1 win) 307, 2. Arundel 282 (1 win), 3. Kral (4 wins) 261, 4. Surtees 252, 5. Legris 230, 6. Makela (1 win) 229, 7. Sato (1 win) 220, 8. Quaife-Hobbs 209, 9. McKenzie 198, 10. Webb 188.
1. Ericsson 307, 2. Surtees 252, 3. Quaife-Hobbs 209, 4. Webb 188, 5. Huertas 174, 6. Gladdis 102, 7. Svendsen-Cook 78, 8. Holland 64, 9. Butler 60.
1. Fortec Motorsport 598, 2. Nexa Racing 461, 3. Carlin Motorsport 439, 4. Double R Racing 434, 5. Team Loctite 318, 6. Motaworld Racing 290, 7. Victory Engineering 82, 8. Hyperion Motorsport 32, 9. Team BRD 14.
Rounds 9 and 10 of the Championship will be at Oulton Park on 23/24 June.