Cameron Motorsports' Robert Wickens strong in Formula BMW opener Wickens sixth in round one, fourth in round two, LAGUNA SECA, CALIFORNIA - Cameron Motorsports' Robert Wickens made his North American Formula BMW Championship...
Cameron Motorsports' Robert Wickens strong in Formula BMW opener
Wickens sixth in round one, fourth in round two,
LAGUNA SECA, CALIFORNIA - Cameron Motorsports' Robert Wickens made his North American Formula BMW Championship debut at Laguna Seca Raceway this past weekend. Wickens got off to a good start with a sixth in round one, and a fourth in round two. "It is a good start for our Cameron Motorsports F1-K / MMG Financial team," Wickens said. "Our team, Apex Racing USA worked hard all weekend, and the car got better each time out."
Early on in the weekend, Wickens struggled with too much understeer. "We had to sit down and figure out what was going on. I knew I was loosing speed with the understeer. The team worked hard to make the car neutral for the second qualifying session and that send us up the charts."
At the start of round one, from 12th on the grid, Wickens made a lightning start to be fifth by the hairpin turn two. "The changes the team made were all in the right direction. It gave us speed to challenge." Wickens was fifth for most of the race before being demoted to sixth. "I am happy with the result from the first round, but I know tomorrow, for round two, we'll be better."
For round two on Sunday, Wickens started seventh and tried to make his way around the outside of the tight turn two. "The guy that was on the inside just got loose and slipped up into me and I went in the air, damaging my left rear suspension," Wickens said. The incident dropped the F1-K MMG Financial driver back to ninth with a damaged car.
"It was kind of weird," Wickens said. "My car was so good, that even with the toe and camber knocked out of alignment, the car was still quite good, well, driveable."
Wickens went on a charge, damaged car and all and drove his way to a solid fourth place finish, just inches behind third. "I have to thank everyone that has made this happen this weekend. Bob Cameron of F1-K and Cameron Motorsports, Malcolm McMaster of MMG Financial, my Apex Racing team, and my parents," and excited Wickens said after round two.
"For a new team like us to come out and do this well gives us confidence. I have confidence in Apex Racing to give me a great car, and I think I showed today, that I can get it to the front. We will take this great weekend and use it to build momentum for the rest of the year."