Ericsson regains Championship lead with rain-soaked victory. Oulton Park, 24 June, 2007. Marcus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsport) claimed his second win of the year at a drenched Oulton Park in Round 10 of the Formula BMW UK Championship. After a...
Ericsson regains Championship lead with rain-soaked victory.
Oulton Park, 24 June, 2007. Marcus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsport) claimed his second win of the year at a drenched Oulton Park in Round 10 of the Formula BMW UK Championship.
After a poor start dropped him to third from pole, Ericsson clawed his way back into contention, first chasing Henry Arundel (Fortec Motorsport) until he ran off the track on lap four. Ericsson then reeled in the leader, Josef Kral (Double R Racing). They were nose-to-tail with two laps to go and provided a thrilling battle to the flag. Ericsson briefly moved ahead of Kral going through Old Hall but Kral held his nerve and regained the place on the exit of the corner. Ericsson left it late but finally made a move stick on the last lap at Druids.
A delighted Ericsson said: "I didn't make a great start but I had good race pace and managed to catch Arundel and then chase down Kral for the lead. I was working so hard and nearly did it on the penultimate lap. I finally got through on the last lap; it was perfect!"
Ericsson's victory made up for his disappointment at Croft, where he lost a potential win at the last corner, and regained him the Championship lead from Arundel.
Despite losing the victory, Kral remained in good spirits: "I made a great start and was pushing but I've not had much time in the wet. Ericsson made a good move to pass me on the last lap but I'm now only eight points off the Championship lead so I'm very happy!"
Arundel's mistake dropped him down the order and he eventually finished eighth. That leaves him second in the Championship ahead of Kral, the pair just six and eight points respectively adrift of Ericsson, so all three having everything still to play for.
Jonathan Legris (Motaworld Racing) put in a great drive to hold off the charge of Valle Makela (Nexa Racing) to secure third place. "I've been struggling recently so it's good to get a trophy," Legris commented.
With only eight points between the top three drivers, the Championship battle is growing ever more fierce. Ericsson still remains top of the table, but with eight races still to go he has plenty to do to fend off his chasing rivals.