UK: Michael Patrizi Oulton Park summary

More points for Patrizi at Oulton Park Michael Patrizi has survived two turbulent rounds of the Formula BMW UK Championship at Oulton Park last weekend with two solid results, gaining him more points towards the 2006 championship. Patrizi ...

More points for Patrizi at Oulton Park

Michael Patrizi has survived two turbulent rounds of the Formula BMW UK Championship at Oulton Park last weekend with two solid results, gaining him more points towards the 2006 championship.

Patrizi finished sixth in the first race and seventh in the second, two results that did not reflect the clear car speed of the West Australian at the fast circuit. Qualifying saw Patrizi qualify ninth for the first race and 12th for the second, with both sessions held in drying conditions that made set-up and tyre choice crucial to attaining a quick lap time.

Patrizi again showed his capabilities at the start of a race on cold tyres when he moved up the field at the start of Race 1. A mistake by another competitor however baulked Patrizi and saw that good work undone, dropping him to 11th. Despite this Patrizi soldiered on to gradually pick off cars and climb to sixth by the finish.

Patrizi was again fast away from the line in Race 2, reaching seventh position within a lap from 12th on the grid. Contact with another car then saw Patrizi spin and sent him back down the order. Undeterred and clearly one of the fastest cars, Patrizi again made his way back up the order, only to again suffer from contact with another car while coming back through the field.

Patrizi was up to seventh when the race was red flagged as a result of many cars skating off on oil, giving him another points finish despite two spins.

Patrizi will be in action again this weekend when Formula BMW UK holds its seventh and eighth rounds, supporting the World Touring Car Championship at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

Michael Patrizi:
"We had a car capable of a podium this weekend, so that gives me a lot of confidence for the rounds ahead."

"The car was so quick, especially in the second race, and I got a handle of the quick Oulton Park circuit fairly quickly. I was able to push very hard and I'm very happy with how things are going. It is fun to drive amongst all that action and in such close, competitive and hard racing. This sort of tough racing is exactly why I'm here, because I am improving all the time.

"We had more pace than our results showed this weekend. You must qualify up the very front to have the best chance of a podium, so that is something that we will work on, but the speed is clearly there, we just need some luck. But to leave this round with more points, especially after spinning twice in the second race, is a solid result."

-cj-

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