PATRIZI HAS LUCKLESS WEEKEND AT DONINGTON Michael Patrizi has fallen victim to two separate incidents in Rounds 13 and 14 of the Formula BMW UK Championship at Donington Park in Derbyshire, England today. Patrizi was the innocent victim of ...
PATRIZI HAS LUCKLESS WEEKEND AT DONINGTON
Michael Patrizi has fallen victim to two separate incidents in Rounds 13 and 14 of the Formula BMW UK Championship at Donington Park in Derbyshire, England today.
Patrizi was the innocent victim of collisions in both races held, resulting in a recovery to 12th place in the first race and a retirement from the second.
The Australian was playing catch up all weekend after brake problems in practice robbed him of track time. Patrizi and the Motaworld crew worked tirelessly to get the car working around the tough Donington layout and had strong pace on race day, but luck was not on their side.
Race 1 saw Patrizi again display his now customary storming first lap form. Starting from 12th on the grid, he was in eighth entering the final corner on the first lap. Another car behind Patrizi lost control and hit him from behind as the cars entered the final chicane on lap one, spinning him off the track.
With his #29 Motaworld Racing car heavily damaged, the West Australian driver got back onto the circuit and recovered some positions to finish in 12th despite his ailing machine.
The second race also saw Patrizi get off to a strong start, gaining positions in the early stages. As Patrizi moved down the inside of another competitor to gain another place, the other car moved across on the Australian, spinning him out of the race. Stewards later penalised the other driver.
Obviously disappointed with the weekend's results, Patrizi now looks forward to the next two rounds at the Snetterton circuit in two weeks time. Patrizi had a strong test at the circuit earlier in the season, giving him the rare opportunity of visiting a race track that he is already familiar with for the next event.
WHAT HE HAD TO SAY --
Michael Patrizi -- #29 Motaworld Racing
"It was just a tough weekend for us in Donington," said Patrizi.
"We had two accidents in two races, both not of our own doing.
"I felt right on the pace on race day, but just didn't have any luck with a couple of incidents.
"Unfortunately we were behind the eight-ball right from the start after we lost most of practice with brake problems, which made it hard. We had to change our strategy and use qualifying to learn the track and get a good race set-up.
"We had a good car in the races, but didn't get to show it in the results. It's put a massive dent in our championship.
"Now we will focus on Snetterton. We tested well there a little while ago and were fast there and had a strong race set-up as well. I finally get to go to a circuit that I know and I know that will make a difference."