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Rookie Thompson Storms to Pole on Debut
2009-05-14 1081
 



3/4/2009

Formula BMW Pacific rookie Gary Thompson (16/IRL/E-Rain Racing) stormed to pole position for both opening rounds of the series at the 2009 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix today.

Thompson was unbeatable throughout the 25 minute session, despite the best efforts of Australian Chris Wootton (20/Eurasia Motorsport), with the pair’s best laps both under two minutes 12 seconds. In the dying minutes of the session the pair were flying, with Wootton, who was runner up in the Rookie Cup last year, just 61 thousandths of a second off Thompson’s best lap.

Also making an impressive debut were two Malaysian drivers; Thompson‘s fellow rookie and team mate Fahmi Ilyas (17), third fastest on 2:12.046 and who had topped the earlier practice times, and Calvin Wong (17) of Team Holzer PFX.

Thompson, of County Louth in Ireland, was surprised by his speed, but completely focussed on the matter at hand: “I wasn’t expecting to be that fast. Obviously, the plan is to win the whole championship, but right now I’m concentrating on the races tomorrow and Sunday.”

Formula BMW Junior Axcil Jefferies of Zimbabwe (Eurasia Motorsport) also made an impressive debut, running near the top of the time sheets for much of the session, before being pushed down the order in the final minutes by the hard-charging Wong and Indonesia’s Rio Haryanto (16/Meritus). However, with the second-best qualifying laps setting the grid for Round 2, Jefferies’ lap of 2:12.525 puts him alongside Ilyas on the second row of the grid on Sunday.

India’s Akhil Khushlani (20/E-Rain Racing) was 7th fastest, re-familiarising himself with the car after a one-year absence.

With a little over one second separating the top seven drivers, and several other newcomers still getting to grips with the FB02, the outcome of the two races ahead is anyone’s guess. What is certain though, is that every driver in this talented, international field will be gunning for glory.

Round 1 of Formula BMW Pacific will be held tomorrow over 10 laps of the 5.542km Sepang International Circuit, with Round 2 to be run on Sunday prior to the 2009 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix.

Round 1 Qualifying

Pos. No. Driver/Nat. Entrant Time
1 7 Gary THOMPSON• (IRL) E-Rain Racing 2:11.839
2 11 Chris WOOTTON* (AUS) Eurasia Motorsport +0.061
3 17 Fahmi ILYAS• (MAS) E-Rain Racing +0.207
4 3 Calvin WONG• (MAS) Team Holzer PFX +0.600
5 88 Rio HARYANTO (INA) Meritus +0.641
6 22 Axcil JEFFERIES•* (ZIM) Eurasia Motorsport +0.684
7 49 Akhil KHUSHLANI (IND) E-Rain Racing +1.065
8 38 Dustin SOFYAN • (INA) Meritus +1.407
9 16 CAO Hong Wei (CHN) Ao’s Racing +1.473
10 6 Aditya PATEL (IND) Atlantic Racing Team +1.533
11 2 Dominic ANG (MAS)td> Team Holzer PFX +1.686
12 4 Muhamad Alif JAFRI• (MAS) Team Holzer PFX +2.177
13 27 Fahad ALGOSAIBI (KSA)• E-Rain Racing +2.985
14 28 ZHU Huan (CHN) Meritus +2.989
15 8 Steel GUILIANA*• (AUS) Motaworld Racing +4.211


Round 2 Qualifying

Pos. No. Driver/Nat. Entrant Time
1 7 Gary THOMPSON• (IRL) E-Rain Racing 2:11.842
2 11 Chris WOOTTON* (AUS) Eurasia Motorsport 2:11.994
3 17 Fahmi ILYAS• (MAS) E-Rain Racing 2:12.236
4 22 Axcil JEFFERIES•* (ZIM) Eurasia Motorsport 2:12.525
5 3 Calvin WONG• (MAS) Team Holzer PFX 2:12.530
6 88 Rio HARYANTO (INA) Meritus 2:12.739
7 49 Akhil KHUSHLANI (IND) E-Rain Racing 2:12.993
8 38 Dustin SOFYAN • (INA) Meritus 2:13.309
9 16 CAO Hong Wei (CHN) Ao’s Racing 2:13.558
10 2 Dominic ANG (MAS)td> Team Holzer PFX 2:13.622
11 6 Aditya PATEL (IND) Atlantic Racing Team +1.533
11 2 Dominic ANG (MAS)td> Team Holzer PFX 2:13.706
12 4 Muhamad Alif JAFRI• (MAS) Team Holzer PFX 2:14.036
13 28 ZHU Huan (CHN) Meritus +2:14.865
14 27 Fahad ALGOSAIBI (KSA)• E-Rain Racing 2:14.884
15 8 Steel GUILIANA*• (AUS) Motaworld Racing 2:16.097


*Scholarship driver

•Rookie Cup

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Prepared by Formula BMW Pacific