USA: Cleveland round 7 qualifying

Milner takes his first Formula BMW USA pole Cleveland, Ohio - July 1, 2004. Tom Milner (Team PTG Motorsport) won his first pole position of the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship with a lap of 1:17.190 minutes around the 2.106-mile Burke ...

Milner takes his first Formula BMW USA pole

Cleveland, Ohio - July 1, 2004. Tom Milner (Team PTG Motorsport) won his first pole position of the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship with a lap of 1:17.190 minutes around the 2.106-mile Burke Lakefront Airport Circuit. Milner's last two laps of the half-hour session were his fastest as he held off the charge of HBR Motorsport team mates Jonathan Summerton and Andreas Wirth to take the Round 7 pole. Summerton will start second (1:17.532). Championship Points leader Wirth will start third (1:17.757).

Only 44 points separate the top-five in the Championship battle. The top- five in points are Andreas Wirth (90), James Hinchcliffe (75), Jonathan Summerton (68), Matt Jaskol (67) and Billy Johnson (46).

James Hinchcliffe leads the Rookie points with 110. Summerton is second (88), Milner third (71), Graham Rahal fourth (38) and Tom Sutherland fifth (32).

The quickest Rookies in today's qualifying session were Milner, Summerton and Hinchcliffe.

"This weekend has been quite a surprise for me," said a very pleased Milner. "We came here with a new set-up and it has shown to be a quick one. We don't have the experience with these cars that some of the other teams have and have worked hard."

Round 3 and 5 winner and Round 5 and 6 pole sitter Summerton said "We will have HBR team mates surrounding Tom at the start, but that has both positives and negatives. We will see tomorrow. I am on the front row, but I am not completely happy with my performance. I think I could have gone faster."

Wirth added, "I made a mistake on my quick lap that cost me a few tenths, but I have to look at the points situation. It is important for me to be in the top-three. Obviously anything can happen in the race, but I know that I can go faster."

Round 7 is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow after Round 8 qualifying at 8:30 a.m. Saturday's Round 8 is scheduled to start at 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

<pre> Qualifying: Round 7 1. Tom Milner (R) (Team PTG Motorsport) 1:17.190 2. Jonathan Summerton (R) (HBR Motorsport) 1:17.532 3. Andreas Wirth (HBR Motorsport) 1:17.757 4. James Hinchcliffe (R) (AIM Autosport) 1:17.898 5. Matt Jaskol (Team Autotecnica) 1:18.025 6. Lawson Ashenbach (Team PTG Motorsport) 1:18.381 7. Daniel Herrington (R) (Jensen Motorsport) 1:18.939 8. Tom Sutherland (R) (Team PTG Motorsport) 1:19.621 9. Brian Frisselle (PoleVision Racing) 1:19.748 10. Graham Rahal (R) (Vitesse Farm Racing) 1:20.934 11. Alexis Fenton (R) (Team Autotecnica) 1:21.502 12. Billy Johnson (Team PTG Motorsport) 1:22.068 13. Derek Burseth (R) (PoleVision Racing) 1:22.539

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Graham Rahal , Billy Johnson , Brian Frisselle , Andreas Wirth , Daniel Herrington , Derek Burseth , Tom Sutherland , James Hinchcliffe , Jonathan Summerton , Matt Jaskol