Start Me Up. Philip Major shines in opening day of 2006 Formula BMW season. Another wet morning and another brilliant performance from young driver Philip Major in preparation for the opening rounds of the 2006 Formula BMW USA championship...
Start Me Up. Philip Major shines in opening day of 2006 Formula BMW season.
Another wet morning and another brilliant performance from young driver Philip Major in preparation for the opening rounds of the 2006 Formula BMW USA championship series.
The FBMWUSA testing days were blighted by rain and the opening day of qualifying also adopted the trend, but the Ottawa rookie once again put in the performance of a seasoned master to place himself fourth overall on the morning-practice timesheets.
"I just love the wet because you have to have so much more finesse in your driving and car control." Said the teenager, cheekily adding with "And it's also a whole bunch of fun slipping and sliding around on the track!"
If the weather dealt a kind hand to Major in the morning, during the afternoon she proved a fickle mistress; the stop-start rain showers forcing the Canadian to struggle with a set of slick tires on a very damp track.
Not one to waste the productive input from any new experiences, the rookie remained focused on the job in hand. "It's just more knowledge that we carry away from that session," he observed, "and you know, any track-time is good - so we learned and we'll be ready for it if it happens again."
At last the green light flicked-on to begin the qualifying session for the first race of the year. Major was quickly on the pace, hitting the top eight and mixing-it at the sharp end, but, after such a fruitful day, Major was unable to defend this position, losing the last precious minutes of qualifying whilst sat in pit-lane with a loose front wing.
"We have another qualifying session tomorrow, and we've shown that we can finish the top spots" concluded the Canadian, shrugging off any disappointment. "It felt pretty good to be fourth this morning, we just have to be there more consistently, but today was really encouraging."