Hegewald takes both poles in Montreal Montreal, Quebec - June 10, 2005-- In his North American racing debut, 15- year old Tobias Hegewald (Atlantic Racing Team) scored the pole position for both Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2005 Formula BMW USA ...
Hegewald takes both poles in Montreal
Montreal, Quebec - June 10, 2005-- In his North American racing debut, 15- year old Tobias Hegewald (Atlantic Racing Team) scored the pole position for both Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2005 Formula BMW USA Championship. Hegewald, a BMW Junior scholarship winner racing in the German Formula BMW ADAC Championship, made the most of the Formula BMW rule allowing drivers to compete in two race weekends outside their own Championship. He drove the fastest two laps of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve during the single 30-minute qualifying session to score the double-pole.
BMW Junior driver Robert Wickens (Team Apex Racing USA), of Etobicoke, Ontario, saved his best qualifying effort for Montreal and qualified second for Round 5. Daniel Herrington (Jensen MotorSport) will start third. Herrington qualified second and BMW Junior driver Justin Moon will start third in Round 6.
The session was marked by two red flags that brought the 23 FB02s to a halt. Maxime Soulet and Robert Wickens got together to bring out the first red flag in the first part of the session, but both drivers were able to continue after the track was cleaned. The second stoppage came approximately 10 minutes later after James Davison spun and hit the wall. Davison (HBR Motorsport Team USA) had recorded the second fastest times, but this accident caused the team to withdraw his car for the weekend's races.
The two red flags were notable not for what they caused, but what they may not have allowed. The stoppages did not give many of the drivers opportunities for quick laps and that could make for a very exciting two Rounds of Formula BMW USA action as they will be only be able to show their speed in the race.
Pole winner Hegewald's post-qualifying quote was as to-the-point as his qualifying effort, "The track is really cool, I like it. There were many red flags, two times, but I had two good laps and good timing before the second red flag came out. I want to win tomorrow and on Sunday."
Wickens was buoyed by his best qualifying session of the year, "Hopefully, I can go into tomorrow's race with this great momentum. Maybe I can go a little bit faster tomorrow as I know I will be looking for the win."
Herrington is one of three drivers in the race that competed here last season, "One qualifying session is a little bit more pressure to get all done. The track definitely changed from last year. They just paved it and it was the first time that cars were on it today. The track got better every lap you were on it. I am pretty happy with my starting positions. I just hope I can moving up during the race."
The quickest Rookies for Round 5 were Wickens (P2), Lacroix (P4), Boyer (P6), Moon (P7) and Lee (P8). In Round 6 the fastest Rookies were Moon (P3), Lacroix (P4), Boyer (P5), Wickens (P6) and Stevens (P7).
The Round 5 race is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Sunday's Round 6 race is scheduled to start at 9:15 a.m.