Battle heats up as Kral closes in on Championship lead. Bracknell, 09 July, 2007. As the Formula BMW UK Championship 2007 heads to Donington Park this weekend, the battle at the top of the table is as close as ever. The series passed its...
Battle heats up as Kral closes in on Championship lead.
Bracknell, 09 July, 2007. As the Formula BMW UK Championship 2007 heads to Donington Park this weekend, the battle at the top of the table is as close as ever.
The series passed its halfway point last time out at a rain-soaked Oulton Park but the race for the title shows no sign of cooling down.
Sixteen-year-old Marcus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsport) remains at the top of the table with 354 points, despite briefly losing his lead after Round Nine in Cheshire to team-mate, Henry Arundel (Fortec Motorsport). With the rain pouring for Round Ten, Ericsson showed his skill and clawed his way back from a bad start to take the lead from Czech driver, Josef Kral (Double R racing) on the final lap. This was not the first time the pair had fought to the flag, with Kral stealing Ericsson's lead on the last lap of Round Eight at Croft. The race will be on this time to see who can come out on top at Donington.
After a non-finish at the start of the season, Kral has been carving his way back up the order. Despite notching up an impressive five victories, he is still only third in the Championship, eight points adrift of Ericsson.
Reigning Rookie of the Year, Arundel scored his first Formula BMW win only a few races ago in Round Five at Thruxton. His numerous trips to the podium have helped him stay in contention to become the first driver to convert a Rookie title into outright Championship success. Mistakes in the wet at Oulton Park cost the 19-year-old his short-lived Championship lead, but he is still only six points off Ericsson, second in the table.
Still not out of the hunt is fourth-placed Henry Surtees (Carlin Motorsport) who will be looking to spoil the trio's party in his quest for a first win of the season. He has started from pole and clearly has the pace to challenge the front-runners, he now needs to make the final step to the top of the podium to affirm his challenge for the title.
Whatever the outcome, the Leicestershire circuit, with its fast, sweeping corners, promises some epic wheel-to-wheel action as the grid of youngsters is set for another memorable battle.
At Donington Park, free practice will be on Thursday, 12th July from 11.32 to 12.17 and 15.37 to 16.22. On Saturday (14th July) first qualifying will be from 11.45 to 12.05 and second qualifying from 16.25 to 16.45. The two 16 lap races will be held on Sunday (15th July) at 11.20 and 15.30.