Rookie Philip Major's first day at San JosÃ©. For the first time in 2006, the Formula BMW USA series ran at a street track, and so it was also rookie Philip Major's debut at a street event. Quite a debut it was too, the young Canadian playing...
Rookie Philip Major's first day at San José.
For the first time in 2006, the Formula BMW USA series ran at a street track, and so it was also rookie Philip Major's debut at a street event. Quite a debut it was too, the young Canadian playing before a crowd officially announced at 40,127.
The morning practice session passed without incident for Major - just as well because the San José circuit is a tortuous course laid-out through the downtown city streets and lined with unforgiving concrete walls.
"It adds to the excitement," smiled Major, "it does feel quite a bit quicker on a street track because everything is just so close it helps you realize the speed you are traveling at."
Now fully attuned to the track, the Ottawa driver was on the pace from the moment qualifying for round nine began, threading his way between the barriers to set a time of 1.05.182.
Sadly, that would be as far as he would climb, when pushing hard into turn two, he clipped a wall just enough to compromise the car's knife- edge set-up, and he would not be able to better that time.
However, it could have been worse. Soon after, one of Philip's rivals spun across the track on the exit of a blind-corner and was collected heavily by a further three competitors, each sustaining heavy damage.
"It was disappointing because we were fairly competitive at the time, and of course everyone else stayed out and went quicker." Rued the young Canadian, "I'll just have to put my head down and go for it." He shrugged.
Round 9 of the FBMWUSA will start at 1.00pm on July 29th as part of the San José Grand Prix weekend.