PATRIZI AIMS TO END FORMULA BMW CAREER ON A HIGH After two years of success this weekend will mark the final Formula BMW event in the career of young Australian racing driver Michael Patrizi. This weekend the West Australian embarks on the...
PATRIZI AIMS TO END FORMULA BMW CAREER ON A HIGH
After two years of success this weekend will mark the final Formula BMW event in the career of young Australian racing driver Michael Patrizi.
This weekend the West Australian embarks on the final two rounds of the Formula BMW UK Championship at Silverstone in England. The event will mark the end of a successful career in the category for Patrizi and he is keen to end his time in Formula BMW the same way he began it - by standing on the podium.
Patrizi was third in his first-ever Formula BMW race at the Bahrain International Circuit on the 2nd of April 2005 and this weekend he will be pushing for a similar result. Patrizi's last Formula BMW race will occur at a Formula 1 Grand Prix venue, as was the case with his debut.
The Australian driver has been backed by BMW Motorsport for the past two seasons and will be forever grateful to Dr Mario Theissen and his team for the support they have given him.
Patrizi won a BMW Motorsport Scholarship for the 2005 Formula BMW Asia Championship and as a result of his efforts in that series, where he was the Rookie Cup Champion, the Aussie earned a fully-funded deal to race in the 2006 Formula BMW UK Championship.
Patrizi has been a busy driver of late, stepping into Champ Car Atlantic and GP2 cars in recent weeks as he explores his options for season 2007 and beyond. The power difference between the 580-horsepower GP2 car and 140-horsepower Formula BMW is stark, but the Australian is prepared and ready to give his final race maximum effort as he chases his 10th Formula BMW podium finish.
WHAT HE HAD TO SAY --
Michael Patrizi -- #29 Motaworld Racing
"This weekend will be my last race in a Formula BMW so I would definitely like to go out with a good result," said Patrizi.
"Unfortunately we have lacked a bit of pace so far this year but hopefully we can show some good form at Silverstone.
"It will be a big difference coming from driving a GP2 car last week to a Formula BMW this weekend, but I know the Formula BMW car very well so there should be no problems.
"I'd like to thank BMW Motorsport for everything they have done for me as a fully-funded driver this year and a BMW Scholarship driver in 2005.
"They have supported by both in Asia last year and the UK this year and without them behind me I would not be where I am today. I can't thank Mario Theissen and everyone at BMW Motorsport enough for what they have done for me these past two years.
"I have learnt a lot in Formula BMW over the last two seasons and I definitely feel it is the best place for a young driver to go when they make the transition from karting to open-wheel racing cars.
"The BMW Motorsport driver tuition and coaching has taught me a huge amount and has allowed me to jump into cars such as Champ Car Atlantic and GP2 machines and find my feet very quickly.
"I am looking forward to going out on a high this weekend at Silverstone. It would be fantastic if I could begin and end my time in Formula BMW by finishing on the podium."
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