Summerton sets another track record. Today, Rookie Jonathan Summerton set his fifth Formula BMW track record, making him the only driver to have set a new qualifying, or race track record, or both, at each circuit raced this year. Jonathan...
Summerton sets another track record.
Today, Rookie Jonathan Summerton set his fifth Formula BMW track record, making him the only driver to have set a new qualifying, or race track record, or both, at each circuit raced this year. Jonathan has now more pole positions, more wins and led more laps than any other contender for the Championship. He is also the leading American in the series, and the youngest driver to ever win at the Indianapolis Speedway.
After the first practice Jonathan was already the fastest driver in the 9th and 10th rounds of the series at the beautiful Road America Circuit. Once the qualifying commenced Jonathan was off to a good start. However, several other competitors performed off track excursions so Jonathan was only timed for two laps, thereby qualifying 7th for the first race.
On the second race qualifying the same day Jonathan was determined to receive the pole and despite several other drivers setting exceptionally fast times Jonathan sealed the pole position with 1 minute to go and set the new track record of 2.17.001.
Race 9, Saturday, August 7th
Jonathan started from 4th row on the grid to a good start. By lap four he was already up to 4th position then being rear ended by another driver he spun and was back of the pack. By this time another incident forced a yellow which lasted until lap. As they got going green a back marker made contact causing him to crash into the wall, ending any chance of finishing.
The HBR crew worked into the early hours of the morning rebuilding the whole left side of the car in readiness for the 10th round on Sunday, in which Jonathan had the pole.
Race 10, Sunday, August 8th
At the start Jonathan rocketed off to a great start. Unfortunately gearbox problems in second and third gears slowed him allowing five other drivers to the front. However, Jonathan's great driving and determination, linked to the fantastic HBR setup, allowed him to slowly work his way back up the field taking 2nd position going into turn 1 on the final lap.
Jonathan set the fastest lap of the race weekend, 2.17.470, closing in on the race leader. At the checkered Jonathan was only 1.3 seconds behind the winner.
Jonathan commented, "After dropping to 6th I really had to battle my way back to the front, but now I'm really looking forward to the Streets of Denver, August 15th- 17th "