One point for Patrizi on tough Brands weekend Michael Patrizi has endured a tough weekend at Rounds 7 and 8 of the Formula BMW UK Championship at the Brands Hatch GP circuit last weekend, coming away from the event with a solitary point. In ...
One point for Patrizi on tough Brands weekend
Michael Patrizi has endured a tough weekend at Rounds 7 and 8 of the Formula BMW UK Championship at the Brands Hatch GP circuit last weekend, coming away from the event with a solitary point.
In atrocious weather conditions, Patrizi's weekend was set back on Friday when he suffered a massive accident in practice at the fast circuit. Forced into a spare car and very sore, Patrizi was always going to be behind the eight ball from this point on. But the West Australian driver still soldiered on, driving with the aid of painkillers in an effort to reward the remarkable efforts of the Motaworld Racing team that prepared the spare chassis overnight.
Patrizi's accident meant he missed qualifying for the first race, but starting from the rear of the field in 24th position, the 21-year-old drove the spare car superbly to be up to 10th at mid-race distance. He passed two further cars to be eighth until a red flag ended the race, with the race declared on the last full lap giving Patrizi 10th and one vital championship point.
The second race saw Patrizi qualify 13th on the grid, which was held in diabolical wet weather conditions. Patrizi was making progress through the field in the opening laps and was in eighth when another car aquaplaned on the waterlogged surface. In taking avoiding action, Patrizi spun and hit the wall backwards, ending what was a trying weekend.
"My thanks have to go to the team for their awesome work this weekend. I have to commend everyone at Motaworld Racing for their hard work and organisation in getting a spare car ready for Saturday after the crash on Friday. It was a massive effort and I cannot thank them enough.
"It was a massive shunt and I am still extremely sore. I just dropped a wheel over the kerb on the exit of a very fast corner over the back section of the circuit and from there the car went straight into the wall. It was a massive impact and I have been taking painkillers all weekend to dull the pain.
"We were always going to be behind the eight ball after the accident and having to switch to a spare car. Starting from the back of Race 1, we actually had the car going quite well, which is a credit to the team. We made it to eighth and we could have been higher if the race wasn't red flagged. It was certainly good to reward everyone's hard work by coming through the field in those conditions.
"The second race was a pity. I just had nowhere to go. The car wasn't very badly damaged but it was enough to put us out. This hasn't been the best weekend for our championship but it was good to get in the points from the back in that first race. The conditions this weekend have been terrible and the amount of water on the track made it monsoon-like conditions. We just had no luck this weekend, but I'm still confident and looking forward to the next round."