UK: Thruxton round six race notes

Kral storms through for Thruxton victory. Thruxton, 06 May, 2007. Josef Kral claimed his third Formula BMW UK Championship win of the season with Henry Surtees (Carlin Motorsport) topping the Rookies. >From fifth on the grid, Kral made a good...

Kral storms through for Thruxton victory.

Thruxton, 06 May, 2007. Josef Kral claimed his third Formula BMW UK Championship win of the season with Henry Surtees (Carlin Motorsport) topping the Rookies.

>From fifth on the grid, Kral made a good start and passed Fortec drivers Marcus Ericsson and Henry Arundel on the first lap. A great move round the outside of Oliver Webb (Carlin Motorsport) into Club for second place left him in a position to chase down Surtees for the lead. Just two laps later, Kral was right on the gearbox of his fellow 16-year-old and made a repeat of his earlier move into Club to take the lead.

Kral, who was still in pain from an injury sustained in qualifying, commented: "This was the hardest race of the year so far; every time you pass someone they attack you straight back! It was very hard to overtake Surtees because the wind was giving me a lot of understeer at Church, but he was braking a little earlier than me for the chicane and I managed to pass him."

Pole-sitter Surtees pushed Kral as the pair broke away from the chasing pack but he was unable to get past the Czech. "It's unfortunate that he got away from me," Surtees commented. "Even after he got ahead I could stay with him and was still thinking about getting the lead back. It is a little bit frustrating not to have got the win, but I'm still happy enough. Second is good points, it's all good experience and I'm learning more every race."

Henry Arundel (Fortec Motorsport) had an action-packed race, in which he dropped from third to sixth but fought his way back up, eventually passing team-mate Ericsson to claim the final spot on the podium.

Ericsson remains in the Championship lead, finishing second Rookie, in fourth position. Following his great qualifying performance on Saturday to put him second on the grid, Oliver Webb (Carlin Motorsport) rounded out the top Rookie trio despite a disappointing race leaving him sixth overall.

The drivers now have nearly a month off to prepare for their next outing, when the Formula BMW UK Championship 2007 will head north to Croft for some more great racing action. <pre> Results - Round 6 - 16 Laps 37.70 miles.

Pos      Driver                       Nat     Team                          Time
1.       Josef Kral                   CZ      Double R Racing)              20:42.276
2.       Henry Surtees*               GB      Carlin Motorsport)            20:45.025
3.       Henry Arundel                GB      Fortec Motorsport)            20:51.341
4.       Jonathan Legris              GB      Motaworld Racing)             20:54.613
5.       Marcus Ericsson*             SWE     Fortec Motorsport)            20:54.958
6.       Oliver Webb*                 GB      Carlin Motorsport)            20:57.052
7.       Sam Abay                     AUS     Team Loctite)                 20:57.275
8.       Carlos Huertas*              COL     Double R Racing)              20:59.976
9.       Daniel McKenzie              GB      Fortec Motorsport)            21:01.558
10.      Valle Makela                 SF      Nexa Racing)                  21:02.626
11.      Kimiya Sato                  J       Nexa Racing)                  21:04.912
12.      Adrian Quaife-Hobbs*         GB      Fortec Motorsport)            21:04.914
13.      Tom Gladdis*                 GB      Nexa Racing)                  21:07.941
14.      Callum Holland*              GB      Nexa Racing)                  21:12.165
15.      Jordan Williams              GB      Team Loctite)                 21:23.711
16.      Rupert Svendsen-Cook*        GB      Team Loctite)                 21:33.978
17.      Adam Butler*                 GB      Motaworld Racing)             21:42.375
NCF      Anthony Comas                F       Victory Engineering)          0 Laps

* indicates driver eligible for Rookie Cup

</pre> Fastest Lap: Josef Kral (Double R Racing) 1m 16.648s, 110.64mph, 178.06kph Pole Position - Henry Surtees (Carlin Motorsport) R 1m 16.011s

Championship Points Tables

Drivers
1. Ericsson (1 win) 226, 2. Arundel (1 win) 216, 3. Surtees 195, 4. Kral (3 wins) 179, 5. McKenzie 176, 6. Legris 174, 7. Webb 172, 8. Makela (1 win) 171, 9. Quaife-Hobbs 149, 10. Sato 142.

Rookies
1. Ericsson 226, 2. Surtees 195, 3. Webb 172, 4. Quaife-Hobbs 149, 5. Huertas 130, 6. Gladdis 88, 7. Holland 64, 8. Svendsen-Cook 48, 9. Butler 34.

Teams
1. Fortec Motorsport 452, 2. Carlin Motorsport 366, 3. Nexa Racing 326, 4. Double R Racing 308, 5. Team Loctite 228, 6. Motaworld Racing 208, 7. Victory Engineering 64, 8. Hyperion Motorsport 32.

Rounds 7 & 8 of the Championship will be at Croft on 2/3 June.

-credit: bmw.uk

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Valle Makela , Jonathan Legris , Josef Kral , Henry Arundel , Daniel McKenzie , Carlos Huertas , Henry Surtees , Adrian Quaife-Hobbs , Jordan Williams , Marcus Ericsson , Anthony Comas , Tom Gladdis , Kimiya Sato , Rupert Svendsen-Cook , Adam Butler , Sam Abay , Oliver Webb
Teams Williams , Carlin