Maxime Pelletier, with 2nd and 4th places in San Jose, lies third in the 2007 general standings San Jose, California -- Maxime Pelletier almost kept his promise to earn his first victory last weekend in the 5th double header of the season in...
Maxime Pelletier, with 2nd and 4th places in San Jose, lies third in the 2007 general standings
San Jose, California -- Maxime Pelletier almost kept his promise to earn his first victory last weekend in the 5th double header of the season in the Formula BMW USA ladder series, steering the FB02 #10 HBR Motorsports single seater on the temporary circuit of the San Jose Grand Prix in California. Saturday, he started from a distant 13th place, steamrolled through the field, clocked the fastest lap in the process and fell short of a victory by finishing a deserving second in a round filled with incidents. In the second round on Sunday, he jumped one place from 5th to 4th but followed the pace until the stripe, 0,9 second away from another podium finish. In the process, Pelletier moves to third in the standings, only two points behind second place.
"I was used to come from behind last year! said Pelletier. I touched the wall in qualifying and could not get a better time. I was lucky to clear the early stage incidents ahead of me and go racing for the lead afterwards. One or two more laps could have given me that first win. But with the winning car supposedly being illegal in qualifying and its driver jumping the start in the race, I'm pretty happy with this result. I didn't get the win but I consider it to be a moral victory. I get a big confidence boost for the next rounds. Thanks to the big Red and White No 81, my machine was just awesome."
"The second round on Sunday was easier, the 2006 Junior driver continued. I took fourth on the first lap and paced myself for the whole race. I thought of overtaking Ricardo (Favoretto) for third place, but he was very strong. We have no team orders at HBR and coming back with fourth place points was a better decision than risking taking both of us out of contention. My goal this weekend was to climb one step in the standings but being only two points from second place is a bonus. I'm ready for Road America."
Next stop : Road America
In two weeks time, from August 8 to 10, Pelletier and HBR Motorsports will be in Wisconsin for the penultimate double header at Road America again with a Champ Car program. " This is a facility drivers love racing on, he adds. I feel responsible now when I take to the track with the strong car I get from my team. I dearly want to win but I also realize I have to score points. This is the kind of pressure I will have to handle. But the chemistry with HBR is better every time!"
Maxime Pelletier is in his second year in the North American premier ladder series Formula BMW USA after being nominated Junior driver last year. He is racing with the Austrian HBR Motorsports team. Road America will be the sixth of seven double header programs in the 2007 schedule. Pelletier is third in the 2007 standings only 2 points away from second but a distant 98 from first.