The End of Innocence. Final day of Formula BMW pre-season testing. Formula BMW Pre-Season Race Weekend, Day 1, Testing, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 18th May 2006 "If we look on the bright side."...
The End of Innocence.
Final day of Formula BMW pre-season testing.
Formula BMW Pre-Season Race Weekend, Day 1, Testing, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 18th May 2006
"If we look on the bright side." Philip Major was heard saying during the final day of pre-season testing. If only there was a bright side; instead the day had been blighted with darkened skies and constant showers.
Inclement weather has not been a problem for the Canadian driver. In fact, throughout the pre-season testing he has excelled whenever the conditions were wet. However, Mid-Ohio marks the beginning of the 2006 Formula BMW championship, and with it comes the harsh realities of international motorsport. The final test day was the end of innocence for the young FBMW pilots - no longer could the drivers rely upon lengthy six- hour track-days to fine tune cars and gently build up pace.
Instead the racers were faced with just four 20 minute sessions, during which the clock never stopped. These four effectively becoming three when one session ticked away under red flag conditions following an early 'off' by one of Major's rivals.
"The sessions seem like they fly by so quickly," admitted Ottawa based Major, "you hop in the car, do just a few laps and then you're done! You really have to get up to speed quickly because we barely have any time to get down to business." Such is the nature of the sport when you reach the big leagues, and Major soon found that any attempt he made to put in a hot lap was stymied by rain, red flags, or traffic.
Unperturbed, the 17-year-old was brimming with confidence on the eve of the championship's commencement. "If we look on the bright side, throughout testing I've made big leaps and bounds. I've become more confident in the car, I know what I like in the car, and I know what the car likes from me also."