World Final race report

Marco Holzer Wins First Formula BMW World Final. Bahrain, 16 December. Marco Holzer (AM-Holzer Motorsport) is the winner of the first ever Formula BMW World Final and now has a test in a BMW Sauber F1 Team car to look forward to. The...

Marco Holzer Wins First Formula BMW World Final.

Bahrain, 16 December. Marco Holzer (AM-Holzer Motorsport) is the winner of the first ever Formula BMW World Final and now has a test in a BMW Sauber F1 Team car to look forward to. The 17-year-old, who raced in the 2005 Formula BMW ADAC Championship, had the perfect weekend winning all his heats, the Pre-Final and then the all important World Final. Second was Sebastien Buemi (ASL Team Mücke-Motorsport) and third Nicolas Hülkenberg (Josef Kaufmann Racing).

"I cannot find the words to describe how I feel at the moment. I came to Bahrain and my goal was to finish in the top ten. I have won every race I competed in and now I have the opportunity to test the BMW Sauber F1 Team car! This result is unbelievable and I have realised the greatest dream of my life. I just want to thank my team and BMW for making this dream come true," said a delighted Marco Holzer.

The event, however, finished on a controversial note as it was Hülkenberg who was first on the road after leading the final from lap one to the finish. Following the race he was given a ten second penalty that dropped him down to third. This was due to an incident at the end of lap ten when the Safety Car pulled off the track. The Stewards ruled he was in breach of the regulation stating 'following the withdrawal of the Safety Car and prior to passing the green flag, the race leader will maintain the pace previously held by the Safety Car' by reducing his speed.

The event also included a Nations Cup for the country whose drivers scored the most points in the final. This was won by the UK and Sam Bird as its highest placed driver overall went on the podium to receive this trophy.

Final: Nicolas Hülkenberg made sure that when it counted he was in front of the pack although his subsequent penalty dropped caused him to be classified third. He had been beaten by fellow German Marco Holzer up to now, but he made sure he led the first lap of the race and stayed there. The race was interrupted by two Safety Car periods. The first was from laps four to ten to retrieve the cars of Jack Goldstraw and Salman Al Khalifa. Then just a lap later the Safety Car was deployed again as the cars of Stefano Colletti and Jonathan Summeton had collided on the start/finish line at the re-start due to the cars bunching up when the pace was slowed down. Racing got underway again at the end of lap 16 and the three out front - Hülkenberg, Holzer and Sebastien Buemi - were able to pull away. However, behind them the racing was fast and furious. Sam Bird and Edoardo Piscopo had a race long battle for fourth, with the British driver being just seventeen thousandths of a second in front as they passed the chequered flag. Then came a train of six cars all wanting to be sixth, although in the results it is fifth as until the FIA Appeal lodged by Piscopo's team is heard in Paris he will not appear in the results. This battle was won by Nathan Antunes, who started 18th on the grid, but just 1.2 seconds separated him from tenth placed James Davison as they crossed the line and in the closing laps at times this gap had been even smaller. While the Australian had moved up 13 places from his grid spot, the most improved driver was Robert Wickens, who had made a habit of coming from the back of the grid during the heats, as he was sixth from 27th.

Pre-Final: Marco Holzer continued his perfect weekend in the 22 lap Pre- Final by getting the best start from pole and staying in front until the chequered flag. In fact it was the three drivers who crossed the line first at the end of lap one - Holzer, Nicolas Hülkenberg and João Urbano - who were still there in that order at the end. Urbano was briefly relegated to fourth on laps two and three by Sebastien Buemi, but by the end of lap four he was in front again. The gap between the first two was never more than a second all race and while they pulled away the gap between Urbano and fourth placed driver, Sebastien Buemi, was also never more than eight tenths of a second. Sam Bird admitted to a bad start, but still managed to hold on to fifth despite pressure in the early laps from Edoardo Piscopo. The event proved a disappointment for Robert Wickens who had done so much work by driving through the field in the heats to start seventh. A rear left puncture sent him into the pits at the end of lap three and the best he could get back to was 27th.


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Series Formula BMW
Drivers Robert Wickens , James Davison , Marco Holzer , Joao Urbano , Sam Bird , Sébastien Buemi , Nathan Antunes
Teams Sauber