Philippe is three for three in Round 3 Lexington, Ohio - May 20, 2005-- 15-year old, BMW Junior and Rookie driver, Richard Philippe (Team Autotecnica) extended his pole winning streak to three today as he scored the first starting position for...
Philippe is three for three in Round 3
Lexington, Ohio - May 20, 2005-- 15-year old, BMW Junior and Rookie driver, Richard Philippe (Team Autotecnica) extended his pole winning streak to three today as he scored the first starting position for Round 3 of the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship. Philippe who also won race 2, lapped the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 1:26.238 minutes to take the pole over the other 21 eager competitors in Friday's 30-minute session.
Making his first Formula BMW USA start, Edoardo Piscopo (EuroInternational) took the second starting position with a 1:26.303 minute lap. Maxime Soulet (Gelles Racing) will start third (1:26.469). Representative of the very close Formula BMW competition, the top-three are separated by only .231 seconds; the top-nine within one second of the pole.
Two separate incidents stopped the session for a total of 6 and one-half minutes, but Philippe was at the top of the chart from the green flag. The last two minutes proved to be the most exciting as Soulet and LaCroix battled for the second and third spots before a surprising Piscopo dropped them each back one position.
The quickest Rookies in today's qualifying session were Philippe (P1), Piscopo (P2), Kevin LaCroix (P4), John Zartarian (P6), and James Davison (P7).
"Today's results were good", said Philippe. "Three races, three poles. In the qualifying, the second position was close - less than a tenth, so it is going to be a close race tomorrow. It is going to be fun and be a good race for the spectators."
Piscopo said, "It was my first qualifying and I am very satisfied with my performance. I hope that I can repeat that for the next qualifying. I am looking forward to the races. The car was pretty good. We continued to improve it from yesterday. Unfortunately, yesterday we had some wet practices and it was my first time on this track. But it is a nice track, pretty fast. I like it."
Soulet added, "It was a really good qualifying. It was the first time for everybody here. We will see tomorrow in the race. We are now closer to Richard than in Laguna Seca. We couldn't catch him there, but this time, on this track, we are on the same level and have a good change to win the race."
The Round 3 race is scheduled to start at 3:35 p.m. tomorrow after Round 4 qualifying at 10:45 a.m. Sunday's Round 4 race is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.
<pre> Qualifying: Round 3 1 Richard Philippe (R) Team Autotecnica 1:26.238 (94.260 mph) 2 Edoardo Piscopo (R) EuroInternational 1:26.303 3 Maxime Soulet Gelles Racing 1:26.469 4 Kevin LaCroix (R) AIM Autosport 1:26.676 5 Daniel Herrington Jensen Motorsport 1:27.075 6 John Zartarian (R) Jensen Motorsport 1:27.168 7 James Davison (R) HBR Motorsport Team USA 1:27.175 8 Matthew Lee (R) Twintooth/BRM Motorsport 1:27.177 9 Robert Wickens (R) Team Apex Racing USA 1:27.183 10 Tom Sutherland HBR Motorsport Team USA 1:27.290 11 Justin Moon (R) Gelles Racing 1:27.296 12 Darin Marcus (R) Gelles Racing 1:27.518 13 Reed Stevens (R) HBR Motorsport Team USA 1:27.720 14 Rob Bunker (R) AIM Autosport 1:27.842 15 Race Johnson (R) HBR Motorsport Team USA 1:28.053 16 Doug Boyer (R) Jensen Motorsport 1:28.064 17 Adrien Herberts (R) Atlantic Racing Team 1:28.228 18 Ryan Campbell (R) Gelles Racing 1:29.739 19 Nathan DePagter (R) DRE Autosport 1:29.779 20 Jules Duc (R) Jensen Motorsport 1:29.839 21 Derek Burseth Burseth Racing 1:31.157 22 Scott Harnell SDH3 w/Camera Concepts 1:34.217