PATRIZI ON THE PODIUM AT CROFT Michael Patrizi has scored his first podium for the season at Round 11 of the Formula BMW UK Championship at the Croft circuit in Yorkeshire today. The young Australian driver was third in the 15-lap race, the...
PATRIZI ON THE PODIUM AT CROFT
Michael Patrizi has scored his first podium for the season at Round 11 of the Formula BMW UK Championship at the Croft circuit in Yorkeshire today.
The young Australian driver was third in the 15-lap race, the first of two held over the weekend in warm conditions, giving Patrizi his first podium for the season in the tough championship.
Patrizi encountered a gearbox problem in the second race that affected the downshift in his Formula BMW, but the West Australian still managed to finish the second race in sixth position.
Patrizi battled with 2005 CIK-FIA Karting World Champion Oliver Oakes in the first race, eventually beating home Oakes to finish third and claim his first podium since winning the final round of the 2005 Formula BMW Asia Championship at the Shanghai International Circuit.
Both rounds were won by series leader Niall Breen, with Ross Curnow second in both races and Oliver Turvey third in the second race.
The result has put Patrizi and the Motaworld team on a high heading into the next round at Donington Park and both are keener than ever to put in the hard work required to repeat the podium performance.
WHAT HE HAD TO SAY --
"This is a great result for me and the team," said Patrizi.
"This weekend we really turned the corner, coming off the back of a positive test at Snetterton. We've now got everything we need together for the rest of the season. The Motaworld team did a fantastic job and we had a top car all weekend.
"I'm really glad to finally get a podium in the UK. The racing in the Formula BMW UK Championship is so tough this year, so it's great to show everyone what I'm capable of and that I can do it over here.
"Now we will all work hard to make sure there is more to come for the rest of the season. The UK is such a hard place to run so it's great to get this result.
"The team and I are really working well together. There is a great atmosphere in the garage and we know that there will be more results like this to come.
"Race 2 was still a good effort to get some points by coming home sixth, but we just developed a gearbox problem that really affected the downchange and brought us back a bit. We were still with the front-runners, but couldn't really challenge to get any higher.
"I can't say enough about the Motaworld crew and how much work they have put in for me. I am trying my heart out for them and it's great to reward them with the third place.
"I'm starting to pull it all together and I really feel like I am getting in the groove over here."