UK: Knockhill qualifying notes

Ericsson takes pole positions for final races. Knockhill, 1 September, 2007 -- Rookie Marcus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsport) gained his fourth double pole of the year, setting himself up perfectly for the climax of the season tomorrow when he looks...

Ericsson takes pole positions for final races.

Knockhill, 1 September, 2007 -- Rookie Marcus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsport) gained his fourth double pole of the year, setting himself up perfectly for the climax of the season tomorrow when he looks to become Champion in Rounds 17 and 18 of the Formula BMW UK Championship.

After two difficult sessions, interrupted by three red flags, Ericsson put in a measured performance on his first visit to Knockhill. He was up to speed after only a few laps in practice and topped the time sheets every session so far this weekend.

"The car was set up just right so it allowed me to learn the circuit really quickly and we haven't had to make many changes," said Ericsson. "It's perfect. Of course I'm nervous going into tomorrow but if I wasn't nervous that would be wrong so I'm looking forward to it and I'm going to drive to win the Championship!"

The top five remain the same for both races tomorrow with Henry Surtees (Carlin Motorsport) and Valle Makela (Nexa Racing) putting in impressive performances to finish second and third respectively, splitting the title contenders.

Surtees said: "I've got two front row grid spots, so I'm looking forward to the races which should be very exciting and interesting. Ericsson is very quick but we'll see what we can do."

Henry Arundel (Fortec Motorsport), currently Ericsson's closest title rival, will start fourth for both races tomorrow ahead of Josef Kral (Double R Racing) in fifth. The pair are the only two in a position to steal the title from Ericsson this weekend and will be giving everything they have in the final showdown.

"I made a mistake in the last corner which cost me too much time," said Kral. "I know I'm fast though so tomorrow will be good."

With the final races of the Formula BMW UK Championship fast approaching, a fantastic season of racing has left three youngsters still in contention for the title. With only 13 points lead, Ericsson will have to fight hard to keep Arundel and Kral behind him with the only thing certain, tomorrow will see our 2007 Champion crowned.

-credit: bmw.uk

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Valle Makela , Josef Kral , Henry Arundel , Henry Surtees , Marcus Ericsson
Teams Carlin