PoleVision's Brian Frisselle Clenches First Podium of the Season and Derek Burseth Claims a Top Ten Finish Elkhart Lake, WI (August 7-8, 2004) - Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth, drivers for PoleVision Racing in the Formula BMW USA series,...
PoleVision's Brian Frisselle Clenches First Podium of the Season and Derek Burseth Claims a Top Ten Finish
Elkhart Lake, WI (August 7-8, 2004) - Brian Frisselle and Derek Burseth, drivers for PoleVision Racing in the Formula BMW USA series, both had a successful weekend at Road America. Frisselle, the young talent from Hawaii, earned his first podium with PoleVision while Burseth achieved his first top ten finish.
Frisselle, who pilots the #48 Lowe's sponsored machine, came out strong in Friday's Qualifying 1, earning a P3 position on the grid for Race 1. In Saturday's Qualifying 2, Frisselle executed another solid performance garnering a P5 starting position for Sunday's Race 2. Burseth, driver of the #98 Bill Jacobs BMW car, qualified 13th for Saturday's race. The young rookie from Chicago came out with more confidence in Qualifying 2, improving his time from Friday by nearly five seconds. However, Burseth ended his session early when he pitted during the red flag, finishing with a P14 position on the starting grid for Race 2.
Frisselle drove an exceptional race in Saturday's Round 9 of the Formula BMW USA Championship. The talented driver of the #48 Lowe's machine had a great start, quickly moving up one position to P2. The talented driver from Hawaii battled with the #8 and #56 cars as the three pulled away from the rest of the field. When the #56 machine spun in Canada corner, a full course yellow brought the field together again. After the restart, young Frisselle put his head down and raced his way to a well earned P2 finish. Burseth had a strong race as well, keeping his driving clean and claiming a P10 finish, his goal for the 2004 season.
"This is just such a great result for our team," a beaming Frisselle stated. "Really, it feels like a win for us. We came late to the game and have worked so hard to achieve a podium. I am confident that we will continue to build on this momentum and that we will be a frontrunner from here on out."
"I am very happy with my performance today," Burseth commented. "I held back to avoid the crash between the #15 and #2 cars and was able to claim a top ten finish, which feels great!"
PoleVision co-owner Benoît Morand commented, "I am thrilled that PoleVision has earned our first podium in the Formula BMW USA Championship and I could not be happier with Brian's performance. It was his best race of the season so far. Derek also did a great job today, claiming a top ten finish and earning his first point of the season."
PoleVison co-owner Markus Bischof added, "We had a tremendous day today and I was thrilled that Brian was able to perform so well for our guest from Lowe's, Gray Abercrombie. He certainly put on an exciting show!"
John Mullen, engineer for PoleVision, stated, "Our team had a late start, missing three tests and one race, so we have been working extremely hard to catch up. But now we are here and we are here to stay! We have five more rounds to go, and I am confident that we have the ability to be on the podium at each one."
Frisselle started strong in Sunday's Round 10 of the Formula BMW USA Championship, gaining two positions to move into P3 on the first lap of the race. The young pilot of the #48 Lowe's machine pulled away from P4 and was gaining on P2 when a full course yellow came out. Following the restart, Frisselle battled for position with the #8 and #2 cars but found himself falling back, and crossed the finish line in a respectable P6. Burseth, the young rookie from Chicago, drove a hard race, coming home in 13th place.
"I am disappointed with today's result, especially after being so strong in Race 1," Frisselle commented. "Unfortunately we encountered some difficulties with fuel pressure today, which seems to have hindered our speed on the straights. But, we know that our team has what it takes to win and I am confident that we will be back on the podium in Denver."
"Today's race was not as successful as I had hoped," young Burseth stated. "But, I am learning and making progress and I look forward to another top ten in Denver!"
The team now heads to Denver to compete in Rounds 11 and 12 of the Formula BMW USA Championship, August 14-15.