Wirth takes his first Formula BMW USA pole in Denver Denver, Colo. - Aug. 13, 2004-- In the closest qualifying session of the season, Championship Points leader Andreas Wirth (HBR Motorsport) scored his first pole of the 2004 Formula BMW USA ...
Wirth takes his first Formula BMW USA pole in Denver
Denver, Colo. - Aug. 13, 2004-- In the closest qualifying session of the season, Championship Points leader Andreas Wirth (HBR Motorsport) scored his first pole of the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship with a lap of 1:15.693 minutes around Denver's 1.657-mile temporary street circuit. The 30-minute session was incident- free and included some very serious attempts to win the pole as Graham Rahal, James Hinchcliffe and Matt Jaskol all made runs at the top spot in the closing minutes. After leading the session early and losing the top spot to Hinchcliffe on lap 13, Wirth set his pole time on lap 15. On lap 19, both Jaskol and Hinchcliffe set their quickest times. Jaskol will start second (1:15.785) and Hinchcliffe will start third (1:15.819). The top-three in the field are separated by only .126 seconds and the top-six are within one second ensuring a great Round 11 race.
The top-five in points are Andreas Wirth (147), Jonathan Summerton (123), James Hinchcliffe (122), Matt Jaskol (101) and Billy Johnson (70).
James Hinchcliffe leads the Rookie points with 140. Summerton is second (128), Milner third (95), Graham Rahal fourth (58) and Tom Sutherland fifth (54).
The quickest Rookies in today's qualifying session were Hinchcliffe (P3), Graham Rahal (P4) and Jonathan Summerton (P5).
"This is my first Formula BMW pole ever, so I am very happy," said Wirth. "The car felt great today and I like this circuit very much. I am looking forward to the race."
Jaskol had a tire problem in the session, but did not let it slow his effort, "I had a tire go down, but we got it changed and got back out and went after it. Tomorrow I am going to hammer the start and try to go right to the lead."
Hinchcliffe said, "We dropped the ball on the set-up today, but I have complete confidence in the team and myself that we can step it up tomorrow. There are a lot of passing opportunities on this circuit so I think we will have a good race."
The Round 11 race is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow after Round 12 qualifying at 8:00 a.m. Sunday's Round 12 race is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.
<pre> Qualifying: Round 11
1. Andreas Wirth (HBR Motorsport) 1:15.693 (78.808 mph) 2. Matt Jaskol (Team Autotecnica) 1:15.785 3. James Hinchcliffe (R) (AIM Autosport) 1:15.819 4. Graham Rahal (R) (Vitesse Farm Racing) 1:16.153 5. Jonathan Summerton (R) (HBR Motorsport) 1:16.354 6. Tom Milner (R) (Team PTG Motorsport) 1:16.440 7. Brian Frisselle (PoleVision Racing) 1:16.794 8. Kyle Herder (Atlantic Racing Team) 1:16.973 9. Billy Johnson (Team PTG Motorsport) 1:17.025 10. Lawson Ashenbach (Team PTG Motorsport) 1:17.200 11. Tom Sutherland (R) (Team PTG Motorsport) 1:17.883 12. Derek Burseth (R) (PoleVision Racing) 1:21.345