UK: Thruxton race 2 report

Tim Bridgman won the second round of the Formula BMW UK Championship after inheriting the lead from early leader Stian Sorlie. Mechanical problems hit Sorlie as he looked set for a comfortable win and he pulled of the circuit handing the lead to...

Tim Bridgman won the second round of the Formula BMW UK Championship after inheriting the lead from early leader Stian Sorlie. Mechanical problems hit Sorlie as he looked set for a comfortable win and he pulled of the circuit handing the lead to Bridgeman, who had made a strong start and had a comfortable three second lead over Philip Glew.

The front row for round two was identical to that of round one with Stian Sorlie again lining up on pole position ahead of team-mate James Sutton. Behind them was Philip Glew in third, Bridgman in forth, Joao Urban in fifth and race one winner Simon Walker-Hansell a distant tenth.

Sorlie made no mistakes this time and strongly held his lead around the first lap. Sutton did not get away from the line so well and dropped down to fourth place on the first lap and then down to tenth with a mistake at the final chicane. Oliver Smith also had a bad first lap after running wide at Campbell and dropping down from sixth to twelfth.

Sorlie started pulling away from the second-placed Bridgman by half a second a lap. Glew was running in third place but unable to make an impression on Bridgeman ahead of him. Christian Bakkerud, who had started in eleventh and made up two places at the start, had moved up to fifth place by lap three.

The race order was Sorlie, Bridgman, Glew, Urbano Bakkerud and Walker-Hansell, and this order was maintained for the majority of the race, with Sorlie pulling a lead of nearly five seconds by lap eleven.

Sorlie’s race took an unfortunate turn on lap twelve as the Norwegian driver coasted to a halt with a mechanical failure on the far side of the circuit. The slowing car also baulked Urbano who lost momentum slightly on the fast part of the circuit and was passed by Bakkerud.

This handed the lead to Tim Bridgman and his three second gap over Philip Glew was enough to secure the win, with Bakkerud taking third place.

Race results:
1. Tim Bridgeman 17 minutes 52.092 seconds
2. Philip Glew +2.366s
3. Christian Bakkerud +4.673s
4. Joao Urbano +4.910s
5. Simon Walker-Hansell +5.307s
6. Sam Edwards +8.699s 7. Duarte Felix Da Costa +11.415s
8. Ollie Smith + 13.075s
9. Matthew Harris +13.925s
10. Oliver Turvey +14.267s

Championship:
1. Simon Walker-Hansell 28 points
=. Tim Bridgeman 28
2. Joao Urbano 22
3. Philip Glew 21
4. Stian Sorlie 15
5. Christian Bakkerud 12
6. John Fisher 10
7. Sam Edwards 9
8. Duarte Felix Da Costa 8
9. Ollie Smith 3
=. Oliver Turvey 3
10. Matthew Harris 2
11. Oliver Turvey 1
==. Ross Curnow 1

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Philip Glew , Ross Curnow , Tim Bridgeman , Christian Bakkerud , Joao Urbano , Matt Harris , Stian Sorlie , Oliver Turvey , James Sutton