IFM: Series Imola race two report

JD MOTORSPORT CLINCHES TEAM TITLE AS BAMBER WINS RACE TWO JD Motorsport clinched the 2008 Formula Master Team title today, at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari's for Formula Master's round 14, whilst ADM Motorsport's Earl Bamber claimed his...

JD MOTORSPORT CLINCHES TEAM TITLE AS BAMBER WINS RACE TWO

JD Motorsport clinched the 2008 Formula Master Team title today, at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari's for Formula Master's round 14, whilst ADM Motorsport's Earl Bamber claimed his first victory in the International Series.

The 18-year-old New Zealander passed Team JVA's Josef Kral on lap two and kept the lead for the remainder of the 21-lap race. Kral maintained his second place to the chequered flag, scoring his second podium in two race weekends.

Starting eighth, Jenzer Motorsport's Fabio Leimer posted the fastest lap of the race, 1:38.960, on his way to third place. Overtaking Trident Racing's Harald Schlegelmilch and Iris Project's Michael Ammermuller in the later stages of the race, the Swiss went on to claim his second podium finish of the weekend.

Defending from Ammermuller and Leimer for the majority of the race, Schlegelmilch maintained his third place start until lap 19 when Leimer eventually passed him. Ammermuller followed close behind in fifth place, ahead of JD Motorsport's Sergey Afanasiev who made up six places from a P12 start to secure sixth place.

Having lost position to Afanasiev on lap 15, Trident Racing's Esteban Gutierrez finished the race in seventh place with Cram Competition's Marcello Puglisi claiming the last points-finish in eighth.

Bamber's win awarded him the best rookie accolade for today's race, along with the best team-mates award together with fellow ADM Motorsport driver Tomas Pivoda.

Drivers Classification leader Chris van der Drift suffered a broken driveshaft and was unable to start the race. The JD Motorsport driver still leads from Ammermuller by 13 points ahead of the Series' final two rounds of the season. Both the Rookie and Best Team-mates Classifications also remains open.

Results and classifications following today's race are still provisional and subject to a supplementary check to be carried out on Bamber's Formula Master car.

Earl Bamber, ADM Motorsport "We were aiming to get a good start but it didn't happen as planned and Josef [Kral] kept the lead, but I managed to get past him on the second lap. I then tried to get in some quick laps and get a good lead. We were very fortunate that Fabio [Leimer] didn't get past Josef earlier in the race, as he was extremely fast."

"It was a really good result for my first weekend with the international series. The team did a really good job and the car had a fantastic set-up for this track; I think the car could have gone even faster."

Josef Kral, Team JVA "I had a good start; there wasn't too much wheel spin as there was some good rubber on the track and I started well but Earl [Bamber] caught me very quickly.

"I was pushing all the time; the car was very fast in the middle part of the race but Fabio [Leimer] was really quick! I had a little bit of luck as he made a mistake at the end of the race otherwise he could have passed me. In any case, it was our first time on this track, it's a very hard track and the team did very well to get this result."

Fabio Leimer, Jenzer Motorsport "It was a very good race for me. I started eighth and finished third so I'm happy! It took time to overtake Michael [Ammermuller] and Harald [Schlegelmilch] but in the end I got past them. After that, it was very close between Josef [Kral] and I but I made a little mistake. I had a few opportunities but he kept a better line so I couldn't make anything of them.

"This weekend was good; again we have two podiums just like in Oschersleben and I hope to do well in Monza too. I hope to win a race there; it's an easy track to overtake on but we'll have to see!"

-credit: www.formulamaster.net.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Harald Schlegelmilch , Chris van der Drift , Fabio Leimer , Josef Kral , Marcello Puglisi , Earl Bamber , Michael Ammermüller , Tomas Pivoda
Teams Trident , Jenzer Motorsport