Asia: Earl Bamber Okayama race two report

BAMBER EXTENDS HIS WINNING RUN Fast-rising New Zealand racing driver Earl Bamber extended his winning run in this year's Formula V6 Asia championship to four with two more wins from two starts at the latest round of the 2008 series at...

BAMBER EXTENDS HIS WINNING RUN

Fast-rising New Zealand racing driver Earl Bamber extended his winning run in this year's Formula V6 Asia championship to four with two more wins from two starts at the latest round of the 2008 series at the Okayama International Circuit in Japan over the weekend.

The 18-year-old from Wanganui was again in a class of his own at the Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS) meeting, claiming pole position and a lights-to-flag victory in the first race of the weekend on Saturday then doing it all again - including setting the fastest race lap - in the feature race on Sunday.

He did it in style too, crossing the finish line 41 seconds in front of The Pizza Company Team Qi-Meritus teammate James Grunwell in the 17-lap sprint race held in cool but dry conditions on Saturday afternoon and an incredible 70 seconds in front of Australian Isaiah Ro-Charlez in the wet 28-lap feature race today.

Though he says the conditions wern't as bad as those of the feature race at the first round of this year's A1GP World Cup of Motorsport series at Zandvoort in The Netherlands in which he finished third, Bamber said that the rain started early in the morning and that by the time the Formula V6 Asia cars lined up on the grid the surface was very wet.

"About the same as in the Sprint Race in The Netherlands, " he said. "It wasn't bucketing down but the ground was wet and the track was very slippery."

Despite that the young Kiwi, competing at his fifth meeting in as many weeks across four different classes of single-seater racing car, made light work of it, lapping all but second placeman Ro-Charlez before the chequered flag came out.

"Fortunately," he said by way of explanation,"we had a very good wet setup which enabled me to push the car quite hard in the conditions. The goal was always to come here and win so now that we've done that we'll have to see if we can do the same at Shanghai (where the final round of the 2008 Formula V6 Asia championship series will be held) next month!"

-credit: eb

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers James Grunwell , Earl Bamber