Archive | September, 2010

Richard Bradley Further Widens Championship Lead

29 Sep

Formula BMW Pacific 2010 Report, Rounds 11 & 12

Singapore, 27 September 2010 – IT was a weekend of controversy within the Formula BMW Pacific camp with post-race penalties altering the initial results, but championship leader Richard Bradley pulls ahead neatly with a 55-point stronghold over the next driver for both the Drivers’ Championship and the Rookie Cup. At his first ever street race experience, the 19-year-old Eurasia Motorsport driver clinched a win in Round 11 on Saturday and a podium finish in third place for Round 12 on Sunday. With only three races to go in Japan next month and Macau in November, Bradley is feeling confident about the championship.

Qualifying was special as Bradley raced under the lights on Friday night. A mistake during his fastest lap cost him pole position, placing him in second. Bradley then started from second place on the grid for Round 11 on Saturday afternoon. He took the lead from Turn 7 in the first lap and led for most of the race until the final lap when Formula BMW Europe guest driver Daniil Kvyat of Eurointernational hit him from behind. Kvyat took the chequered flag but was subsequently penalised for the move by the stewards, awarding Bradley the win. Regardless, as guest drivers are not entitled to score points, Bradley scored full points for Round 11 with an additional point for qualifying.

“Qualifying was frustrating as I made an error on my fastest lap but nonetheless it was a good solid result and it felt great winning my first ever street race. I’m happy with my performance and it’s a fantastic result for the championship,” said Bradley.

The second race on Sunday afternoon was an incident-filled one as drivers knocked into each other and took each other out. Bradley remained calm amid the mayhem and focused on the championship. He crossed the finish line in fourth but was boosted to third place after the initial race winner received a post-race penalty.

“The objective was to focus on the championship; hence I took a conservative approach and didn’t want to risk messing anything up. I took it easy and it was a true Sunday drive for me. I even asked my engineer for popcorn over the radio!” Bradley added.

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Moments from the Singapore Grand Prix

26 Sep

Richard Bradley off to a great start

26 Sep

Formula BMW Pacific Championship Leader Wins His First Street Race At Home

Formula BMW Pacific 2010, Round 11

Singapore, 26 September 2010 – IN his first ever race on a street circuit, Formula BMW Pacific championship leader Richard Bradley clinched the win in a most intense and controversial of battles. Although the 19-year-old Eurasia Motorsport driver crossed the finish line in second place, the results were reversed after an investigation by the stewards and Bradley was awarded the win. With a lead of 57 points in the Drivers’ Championship and Rookie Cup, Bradley needs to extend his lead to 64 points ahead of his closest rival in this afternoon’s race to clinch both titles.

Having started in second place, Bradley took the lead from Turn 7 in the first lap and led for most of the race until the final lap when Formula BMW Europe guest driver Daniil Kvyat of Eurointernational hit him from behind. Kvyat took the chequered flag but was subsequently penalised for the move by the stewards, giving Bradley the win.

As guest drivers are not entitled to score points, Bradley widened his lead for the Drivers Championship and Rookie Cup to 57 points, scoring full points for Round 11 and one more point for qualifying.

“Qualifying was frustrating as I made a mistake on my fastest lap but nonetheless it was a good solid result and I was confident for the race. It feels great to win my first ever street race. I’m happy with my performance and it’s a fantastic result for the championship,” said Bradley.
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Richard featured on Channel NewsAsia again!

23 Sep

Thrills and excitement at this year’s F1 support races
21 September 2010
Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : The F1 cars are no doubt the star attraction of this week’s Singapore GP, but there are other fast cars vying for attention.

Two support races – the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and the Formula BMW Pacific events – are churning up the excitement as well.

The Porsche Carrera Cup, the region’s premier GT championship, is seeing a record entry of 23 drivers.

There will be two Classes – A for the professionals and B for amateurs – with all competing in two races instead of one this year.

Five of the drivers are from Singapore, and they are hoping to impress the home supporters.

“We have got about 20-plus more horsepower than the car last year. It’s a wider platform, so we expect the lap times to be a little quicker,” said Mok Weng Sun, Team PCS Racing, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

“Singapore is the premier Grand Prix in the world right now, and the more time we have on the track, the better it is for us,” said Yuey Tan, Wimobolize McElrea Racing, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

For the younger, up and coming drivers, the Formula BMW Pacific race is the perfect platform.And Singapore-based racing driver Richard Bradley is currently leading the pack.

A win at the Marina Bay circuit for the 19-year-old Englishman could see him take the championship title this year.

Many of the young Formula BMW drivers could progress to Formula One in future. Seven of the 20 team drivers from this season’s Formula One World Championship were Formula BMW graduates, like Adrian Sutil, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg among others.

Article source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1082522/1/.html

HKS Garage R Sponsors Richard Bradley

21 Sep

Formula BMW Pacific Championship Leader Secures Partnership
with Local Automotive Company

Singapore, 21 September 2010 – Formula BMW Pacific championship leader Richard Bradley officially announced a partnership with leading local motorsports company Fong Mui Garage R Trading Pte Ltd today. Recognising the need for support in order to elevate to higher levels of the sport, HKS Garage R’s passion in motorsports is well reflected in their commitment and involvement in the sport as both a sponsor as well as a racing team – Team HKS Garage R Racing. As the only Singapore representative, Bradley, the 19-year-old Eurasia Motorsport driver, will be racing the streets of Marina Bay circuit this weekend at Rounds 11 and 12 of the Series, which is a support race to the 2010 FORMULA 1TM SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.

An established distributor of high performance automotive parts and accessories, HKS Garage R is renowned for its extensive automotive knowledge, tuning capabilities, engineering prowess, and skilled expertise in building and maintaining cars.

In line with its motorsports creed of unconditional commitment and pure passion, HKS Garage R has been supporting local teams and drivers across different aspects of the sport. Additionally, HKS Garage R has earned esteemed credibility in motorsports with its rich experience in regional race participation.

Team HKS Garage R Racing’s impressive portfolio includes competition in drag racing, drifting, rallying and circuit racing, with podium finishes at the inaugural Sepang 1000km 2009 and last month’s Merdeka Millenium Endurance Race 2010. Plans to race at the Macau Grand Prix in 2011 are in the pipeline too.

“Being actively involved in racing and having achieved success, HKS Garage R understands the various challenges and needs of both a driver and a team. We develop and build our own cars, provide our own technical support and pit crew, as well as train and manage our own team of drivers,” said Lawrence Lee, managing director of Fong Mui HKS Garage R Trading Pte Ltd.

“Richard is a very talented driver and has great potential to progress to the higher ranks of motor racing. We have confidence in his driving and we are enthusiastic about growing with him through a long-standing relationship. This weekend will be an exciting one as he races in front of the home crowd and we are proud to be part of Richard’s unyielding drive to success,” Lee added.

Commenting on the partnership, Bradley said, “I’m definitely very happy to have HKS Garage R onboard and it is great to work with like-minded people who share the same passion. I look forward to being an ambassador for the brand and representing HKS Garage R and its comprehensive range of automotive products and services through my racing.”

Bradley made a spectacular debut in his rookie single-seater season at the opening rounds of the Formula BMW Pacific Championship which were held as support races to the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. Clinching back-to-back victories in Rounds 1 and 2, Richard qualified in pole position and set the fastest lap times for his first two ever single-seater races. His pole position time was a new record in a Formula BMW at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.

Away from the track, Bradley continues to be an inspiration to aspiring race drivers and fellow motorsports enthusiasts. Chosen as the ambassador for F1 in Schools in Singapore, Bradley advocates the importance of technical and engineering knowledge in motorsports, and has also given talks on his racing experiences at community events like the K1 Karting Series 2010.

With five more rounds to go, Bradley leads the championship by 40 points ahead of the next driver and is also fronting the running for the Rookie Cup title. As he continues to receive the right level of technical and commercial support, Bradley may well be on his way to the highest level of motor racing – Formula 1 – within the next few years.

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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 World Cup and CIK-FIA Super KF1 World Championship.

About HKS Garage R
(www.hks-garager.com.sg) Founded in 1994, HKS Garage R has since grown into a leading automotive company in the region, with expansion ventures beyond the shores of Singapore. Today, the 25,000 square-feet HKS Garage R one-stop facility situated at 422 Tagore Industrial Avenue provides a comprehensive range of automotive services: performance upgrades and customisation of cars, regular car servicing and maintenance, new and used car sales, building of race-specified engines and cars, distribution of performance parts and accessories to the region as well as providing technical assistance and troubleshooting to their network of dealers.

HKS Garage R has also gained credibility in motorsports, managing its own racing arm Team HKS Garage R Racing, which has competed regionally and achieved commendable podium finishes at big races like the 12-hour Merdeka Millenium Endurance. Part of parent company Fong Mui Group of Companies, there are five business units, including Fong Mui Garage R Trading Pte Ltd, Garage R Pte Ltd, Garage R Performance Centre Pte Ltd, Pro Tune Performance Pte Ltd and Fong Mui Garage R Singapore Pte Ltd.

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21 Sep
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Flying the flag at S’pore GP

15 Sep

The New Paper
Va-Va-Vroom
15 Sep 2010

WITH only two support races at this year’s Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, there will be less local representation on the Marina Bay street circuit.

Between the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA) and Formula BMW (FBMW) Pacific championships, there will only be four drivers flying the Singapore flag compared to seven drivers last year.

Mok Weng Sun, Ringo Chong and Yuey Tan are racing in the PCCA while Richard Bradley is the sole representative in FBMW Pacific, where he is leading the Drivers’ Championship and Rookie Cup.

Mok of Team Porsche Club Singapore Racing is leading the PCCA Class B championship, with Chong third and Tan fifth.

In his first full season of PCCA, Tan, 28, races for McElrea Racing team in Class B of the PCCA and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia.

He was the first Asian to race a Boeing 747 jetliner in a Porsche GT3 Cup Car at Changi Airport Terminal 3 last year.

Bradley, a 19-year-old Briton based in Singapore, moved here last year to pursue professional racing.

Having only raced in karts previously, Bradley had a spectacular rookie season racing when he won his first two races with the fastest lap times and even set the record for a Formula BMW at Sepang International Circuit.

He is now leading the championship by 40 points with only five rounds left.

The New Paper speaks to Tan and Bradley as they prepare for next week’s Singapore GP:

THE NEW PAPER: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT RACING IN SINGAPORE?
YUEY TAN: It is an absolutely fantastic event for the spectators and fans alike, and I feel proud to be Singaporean at my home circuit. I hope that the street circuit continues to grow and more Singaporeans have the chance to compete at this beautiful spectacle.
RICHARD BRADLEY: I feel very good about racing in Singapore for the first time, especially in an event as prestigious as the Singapore GP. I am representing Singapore and I aim to fly the flag high on my home ground.

HOW DIFFERENTLY DO YOU PREPARE FOR SINGAPORE COMPARED TO THE OTHER CIRCUITS?
YT: My preparation for the Singapore GP is not too different. It’s important for the team to try and take it like any other race, and work on the fundamentals and techniques to drive a good race. The two largest differences between Singapore and the other venues are that we are under lights at a night race and that it is a street circuit. Concrete walls can sometimes play tricks on the mind.
RB: Singapore will be the very first street race for me, so it’ll be a whole new experience. Physically and mentally I will approach it with the same desire and passion to win.

IS THERE MORE PRESSURE RACING IN FRONT OF A HOME CROWD?
YT: Of course, being in front of the home crowd can make a difference, especially with friends and family watching the race. Nonetheless, we will try our best to take it like any other race and keep it simple by going out there and doing our best.
RB: There is pressure at every race and if a driver doesn’t feel the pressure then he wouldn’t be normal. However, I will not let the crowd influence me and I will just take it as another race.

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