FBMW : Ricciardo goes top in Rookie Cup
2006-09-18 532

BMW Junior Daniel Ricciardo notched up his second win of the season today what was arguably one of the most exciting Formula BMW Asia races so far this year at the Bira circuit in Thailand.

Fellow Junior, and Eurasia Motorsport team-mate, Aaron Lim put his run of ill-luck firmly behind him with a well-earned second place, having fended off a determined Sam Abay right up to the line. Ricciardo's win puts the 17-year old top of the Rookie Cup standings, a point clear of Earl Bamber, with Thailand's James Grunwell in third. In the overall classification, Abay still tops the leaderboard, with Bamber second, but Ricciardo's win reduces the gap to the Kiwi to eleven points.

Starting from pole, Ricciardo made a good start and, despite the best efforts of Bamber, held P1 into the first turn and never looked back for the 20 laps. Bamber faired less well, running wide and spinning in front of Abay, the two cars touching. That put both right back down the field, and allowed Ricciardo to pull out a lead from Lim, Mohamed Al Baharna and BMW Junior Dominic Storey.

Storey kept the pressure on Al Baharna and found a way past to go third, which would have meant a 1-2-3 for both the BMW Juniors and Eurasia Motorsport. However, it was not to be as championship leader Abay was a man on a mission and, despite his best efforts to hold him off, the Australian found a way by and Storey spun out shortly afterwards.