USA: Montreal round four race notes

Morad Adds a Second Win in Canada Montreal, Canada - June 10, 2007… Canadian Daniel Morad (Eurointernational) increased his hold on the overall points lead in the 2007 Formula BMW USA Championship with a win today in Round 4 at Circuit Gilles...

Morad Adds a Second Win in Canada

Montreal, Canada - June 10, 2007… Canadian Daniel Morad (Eurointernational) increased his hold on the overall points lead in the 2007 Formula BMW USA Championship with a win today in Round 4 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. The win was his second of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, third of the season, and fourth career Formula BMW USA victory for last season's Rookie champion.

Starting from outside the front row the BMW Junior driver from Toronto finished 9.243 seconds ahead of teammate Sebastian Saavedra (Eurointernational) in the 14 lap race. Proving every race is close and competitive, Morad's margin of victory is the largest in Formula BMW USA history. Both Saavedra and third-place finisher Philip Major (Autotecnica) had career-best finishes.

Polesitter Esteban Gutierrez (Autotecnica), of Monterrey, Mexico, led the first two laps of the race before losing the lead to Morad. The Rookie driver stalked Morad while setting the fastest lap of the race (1:45.910 minutes) on lap 12, before ultimately settling for a sixth place finish after a flat tire on the last lap. Although this was the first time Gutierrez finished out of the top-four, he was the top-finishing Rookie and retains the Rookie points lead.

Yannick Hofman (Eurointernational) finished fourth and Robert Thorne (Team Apex Racing USA) rounded out the top-five.

The top-finishing Rookies were Gutierrez (P6), Jeffrey Petriello (P8), Ricardo Favoretto (P11), Timothy Hollowell (P13) and Michael Vincec (P15).

With this win, Morad extends his lead over Gutierrez in the Overall championship points, with Saavedra in third. Gutierrez leads the Rookie points with Jeffrey Petriello second and Favoretto third.

"For sure this is my biggest weekend ever," said Morad.  "After lap three I was really comfortable and was able to overtake Gutierrez. The car has been perfect all weekend. I was quick in the infield, but Esteban was able to get a good draft on the straight.  I was able to break the slipstream with a few laps to go, but the puncture ended it for him."

Saavedra said, "In the beginning of the race I didn't have enough heat in the tires. As their temperature increased so did my confidence and I was able to hold off Phillip. I tried to be conservative, but always keep a gap."

Major said, "It is fantastic to reach my first podium in my home race. We had a great set-up from the beginning of the weekend so we could focus on strategy. I got by Sebastian at one point, but overcooked my tires and he was able to re-pass me. I'm ready for Indy next week."

-bmw.usa

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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Robert Thorne , Yannick Hofman , Sebastian Saavedra , Daniel Morad , Jeffrey Petriello , Timothy Hollowell , Esteban Gutierrez