Singapore, 3 September 2010 (Press Release) – After a well-rested four-month break, Drivers’ Championship and Rookie Cup leader Richard Bradley of Singapore is ready to resume the title race at the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific championship. Following six of 15 rounds of the series, the 19-year-old Eurasia Motorsport driver enters this weekend with a 34-point lead over his closest contender for the overall title. Held at the Guangdong International Circuit in China, Rounds 7 to 10 will take place as part of the Hong Kong Autosport Challenge.
“I’ve been looking forward to this weekend as I’m excited to get back behind the wheel and race. The rest of the season will be very fast-paced as the remaining nine rounds take place over the next three months. I’ve had some days of testing during the break and I’m all geared up to put in my best performance and maintain the lead,” said Bradley.
During the break, the former multiple British kart racing champion made a return at the opening round of the Asian Open Karting Championship (AKOC) in June to keep fit and enhance his race craft. Since he last raced in karts last November at the WSK International Series (Super KF category), Bradley has not karted competitively. Still, that did not stop him from clinching pole position before going on to win all three heats, the pre-final as well as the final at the Formula 125 Senior class of AKOC.
In addition, Bradley was selected as the ambassador for F1 in Schools in Singapore, where he advocates the importance of technical and engineering knowledge in motorsports. Bradley made a spectacular debut in his rookie single-seater season at the opening rounds of the Championship which were held as support races to the Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. Clinching back-to-back victories, Richard qualified in pole position and set the fastest lap times for both races. His pole position time was a new record in a Formula BMW at , Malaysia.
Come September, Bradley will be racing across the streets of Singapore at Marina Bay when the Series visits our sunny island as a support race to the Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix.
Formula BMW Pacific points standings after Round 6:
1.Richard Bradley (86); 2. Oscar Tunjo (52); 3. Jordan Oon (46); 4. Calvin Wong (45); 5. Nabil Jeffri (40); 6. Dustin Sofyan (39); 7.James Birch (35); 8. Kotaro Sakurai (33); 9. Jesse Dixon (25); 10. Axcil Jefferies (18); 11. Pasin Lathouras (18); 12. Duvashen Padayachee (16);13. Afiq Ikhwan (10); 14. S.H. Tom Mun (9); 15. Chang Mun Shien (8); 16. Suriya Balakerisnan (5); 17. Yannick Mettler (4); 18. Natasha Seatter (1).
1.Bradley (86); 2. Tunjo (52); 3. Oon (46); 4. Jeffri (40); 5. Birch (35); 6. Sakurai (33); 7. Dixon (25); 8. Lathouras (18); 9. Padayachee (16); 10. Ikhwan (10); 11. Chang (8); 12. Seatter (1).
1.Eurasia Motorsport (146); 2. Meritus (115); 3. E-Rain Racing (64); 4. Motaworld Racing (57); 5. PETRONAS Mofaz Racing Team (52); 6. Atlantic Racing Team (38); 7. Asia Racing Team (18); 8. IM Racing (12); 9. Mango Asia (8).
About Richard Bradley
(www.richardbradleymotorsport.com) Formula BMW Pacific driver Richard Bradley is a renowed multiple British kart racing champion and has raced at the KF1 (Karting Formula 1), the highest level of karting. Since he first started karting at the age of eight, Bradley has gone on to win several titles, including the 2008 British Open Championship. He became the youngest ever winner of a Formula A S1 MSA British Kart Championship round at the age of 15 years and 8 months and had three Top 6 finishes in the 2009 CIK FIA Super KF1 European Championship. In addition, he was a CIK-FIA sponsored young driver in the 2009 CIK-FIA Super KF1 and CIK-FIA Super KF1 World Championship.
About Eurasia Motorsport
(www.eurasiamotorsport.com) Eurasia Motorsport was founded in 2003 to run cars in the new Formula BMW Asia Series. The team represented Minardi Formula One as its official junior team for two years before the relationship ended with the sale of Minardi to Red Bull. The same team continued in the Formula BMW Series with the unrivalled
professionalism, immaculate presentation and engineering prowess that has allowed its personnel to net over 25 Championship titles in South East Asia since 1994.
As its name suggests, the team is a fusion of committed European and Asian staff bringing the best of both Worlds to the organization. The team offers World Class driver training, engineering and standards of preparation. Many Eurasia graduates have gone on to win in the higher echelons of the sport. British F3 Champion and Red Bull F1 Tester, won races with Eurasia in his first year of car racing and attributes his later success to the grounding received from the team. The team has also successfully run Formula Three and V6 Asia cars, winning races and championships, in addition to entering GT and Touring cars.,
About Formula BMW Pacific
(www.bmw-motorsport.com) The Formula BMW Pacific Series represents a great leap forward in the search for and the development of Asian racing talents to become future world champions. The series features a line-up of drivers from all corners of the world, including Asia-Pacific, Europe and Africa. Formula BMW Pacific features an ultra-modern standard specification race car and a comprehensive training and intensive support programme for drivers.
The Series allows drivers as young as 15 years of age to test their talent and develop their skills. The concept behind Formula BMW Pacific is for the most talented drivers, rather than the most financially healthy, to succeed. It is for this reason that both the car and the training programme have been devised so that little if any advantage can be obtained by extra investment. Successful drivers of today who did well in Formula BMW include Formula 1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.
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