Double Pole And Win For Antunes Sixteen-year old Australian rookie Nathan Antunes got off to a flying start at the opening meeting of the Formula BMW UK Championship last weekend (9-10 April 2005) with a double pole ...
Double Pole And Win For Antunes
Sixteen-year old Australian rookie Nathan Antunes got off to a flying start at the opening meeting of the Formula BMW UK Championship last weekend (9-10 April 2005) with a double pole position and maiden victory in the second race held at Donington Park, England.
Nathan, who is supported by Sutton Motorsport Images - the world's largest independent motorsport photographic agency, was making his first competitive race start outside of his native Australia. He took little time in acclimatising to the cooler climes of a chilly spring weekend in Leicestershire as he powered his Motaworld Racing entry to the top of both qualifying time sheets.
Capitalising on his superior grid position, Nathan stormed into an early lead on his debut Formula BMW race. The young charger from Sydney looked at home out front as he commanded the race comfortably ahead of the main pack. Unfortunately for Nathan a lock-up on lap 11 sent him spinning into the grass and retirement, but his fellow competitors had seen enough to know what to expect in race two.
Confident and undeterred from his race one mishap, Nathan again judged his start to perfection to lead race two, where he sauntered to a two second cushion over second position before the race was prematurely halted on lap five following an accident. Remaining cool despite having his lead wiped out, Nathan made a third superb start to lead ahead of Richard Keen, who pushed Nathan hard all the way to the chequered flag but could not find a way past the delighted young Aussie.
Nathan was overjoyed following his successful maiden victory: "I am so happy with my first race meeting in the Formula BMW UK Championship," commented Nathan.
"We were in the top six in testing so I knew we were on the pace but I didn't expect two poles. I was very angry with myself after the mistake in race one, but it made me even more determined to do well in race two. I was pushed hard but we came through to win.
"The Motaworld Racing team did a fantastic job helping me set up the car for a circuit I obviously have no experience of. This victory is as much theirs as mine," continued Nathan.
Rounds 3 & 4 of the Formula BMW UK Championship are at Thruxton on 1 May, where Nathan will enter them and the remainder of the championship as one of the outstanding favourites.
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