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Formula BMW Pacific Champion Goes Kart Racing at AKOC Macau Before Winter Holidays

11 Dec

For Immediate Release

FORMULA BMW PACIFIC CHAMPION GOES KART RACING AT AKOC MACAU BEFORE WINTER HOLIDAYS
ASIAN OPEN KARTING CHAMPIONSHIP 2010, ROUND 5

Singapore, 10 December 2010 – Following his successful rookie formula car season wrap-up, Formula BMW Pacific champion and top rookie Richard Bradley will be rounding off his 2010 season with the fifth and final round of the Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC). The former multiple British kart racing champion will be racing in the Formula 125 Senior Open category at the Kartodromo De Coloane in Macau this weekend.

“Karting has always been special to me and something that I will return to when I can. It is a great source of training for any racing driver, mentally or physically, and the Formula 1 drivers for example, return to karting when they can to keep fit,” said the 19-year-old Singapore-based driver.

Prior to his formula car debut, Bradley last raced a kart in November 2009 at the WSK International Series when he was a driver for the Maddox works team. The former Super KF (Karting Formula 1) driver is reunited with a Maddox kart for AKOC.

During the four-month break in the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific Championship, Bradley made a successful comeback in kart racing when he won the first round of AKOC at Carmona Circuit in The Philippines in June. He clinched top spot for both timed qualifying sessions, all three heats as well as the pre-final and the final, to claim the title.

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Bradley Heads For Formula 3 Next

26 Nov

For Immediate Release

BRADLEY HEADS FOR FORMULA 3 NEXT
Formula BMW Pacific 2010 champion Richard Bradley looks to a season in F3 next

Singapore, 26 November 2010 – Having sealed the championship at the previous race meeting in Japan, 2010 Formula BMW Pacific champion and top rookie Richard Bradley had an eventful season finale at the 57th Macau Grand Prix. Eventually wrapping up the series with 76 points ahead of the next driver, the 19-year-old sole Singaporean representative achieved the biggest winning margin ever as well as dominated the season with the most number of outright race wins (including guest drivers) in the history of Formula BMW Pacific.

Reputed as one of the most challenging street circuits in the world, the Guia Circuit in Macau indeed provided extremely exciting racing with incidents aplenty – including Bradley’s unfortunate accident at the infamous Lisboa bend on the first lap which ruined his chances of winning the race.

Qualifying on the tight Guia track was interrupted by numerous red flags and ended abruptly just as Bradley was pushing on a lap that looked good for pole. Having to settle for third on the starting grid, he was battling for second place on the first lap when he missed his braking point at the Turn 3 and mounted the rear of another driver.

After a necessary pit stop for a nose replacement and tyre change, followed by a drive-through penalty for the earlier incident, Bradley rejoined the race at the back. Working hard through the 27-strong field, he managed to overtake many on the narrow circuit and finished in 17th.

Nonetheless, the invaluable experience and knowledge gained over the weekend will prove beneficial for his career, as he looks to advance to Formula 3 next.

“This has been an unbelievable season. It is my rookie year in formula car racing and scoring maximum championship points for eight out of 15 races was just incredible. The greatest moment was winning the championship before the end of the season in Japan,” said a happy Bradley.

He added, “I would like to thank all who have believed in me – my family and friends, my team Eurasia Motorsport and my mechanics, and my sponsors HKS Garage R, 9tro and AXA. Now I can’t wait for next year!”

2010 Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel and other F1 drivers like Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg, Adrian Sutil, Timo Glock, Sebastien Buemi and Bruno Senna were all former Formula BMW champions in their younger days. While Hulkenburg won the title in 2005 by only five points ahead of Sebastien Buemi in second place, Vettel was only second in his rookie year of Formula BMW in 2003.

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Formula BMW Pacific Championship Leader Richard Bradley Aims To Fly Singapore Flag High At F1

9 Sep

Formula BMW Pacific 2010, Rounds 11 – 12 Preview

Singapore, 9 September 2010 – Championship leader Richard Bradley aims to do Singapore proud and fly the flag high when the Formula BMW Pacific 2010 series comes round to the Marina Bay street circuit as a support race to the Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. Currently topping the Drivers’ Championship and Rookie Cup with 40 points ahead of the next driver, the 19-year-old Team Eurasia Motorsport driver is fresh from three race wins in Guangdong last weekend and will be racing proudly under the Singapore flag.

“Last weekend at Guangdong gave me a lot of confidence going into the remainder of the season. I am looking forward to racing here in Singapore, especially with the qualifying session to be held at night under the lights. I will do my best to fly the Singapore flag high at the top of the podium,” said Bradley.

Formula BMW is a premier entry-level single-seater racing series which groomed many Formula 1 drivers on their way up: Next to Sebastian Vettel – runner-up in F1 last year – Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Timo Glock, Sebastien Buemi, Nicolas Hulkenberg and Bruno Senna are all former Formula BMW drivers.

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.

At Rounds 3 to 6 held at Sepang again, Bradley experienced a run of ill fate with technical issues and on-track collisions but remained calm and displayed brilliant driving prowess in times of adversity to triple his lead at the top of the Championship tables.

The Series then paused for a four-month break before resuming in early September at Guangdong International Circuit. During this period, 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.

At the last four races in Guangdong, Bradley surged ahead with a 40-point lead after winning all but one race at Rounds 7 to 10 of the Formula BMW Pacific series over the weekend. The only race he did not win was due to an unforeseen retirement as his engine failed whilst he was leading Round 9.

Bradley has proven to be an inspiration to aspiring race drivers and fellow motorsports enthusiasts through interactions with the public, including the community at large. He is the ambassador for F1 in Schools in Singapore, advocating the importance of technical and engineering knowledge in motorsports. He also made special guest appearances at the K1 Karting Series 2010, where he shared his racing experiences and secrets to success.

Since he first raced in karts at the age of eight, Bradley has gone on to raced at KF1 (Karting Formula 1), the highest level of kart racing, and has won numerous 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.

With 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.

Richard Bradley in HOT Stuff!

19 Jul

HOT Stuff, July 2010

NEWS: Changes in Formula BMW Pacific 2010 Calendar

15 Jul

Formula BMW Pacific:
Season-finale confirmed for 57th Macau Grand Prix

Kuala Lumpur – Formula BMW Pacific has confirmed its unparalleled line-up of fixtures for the 2010 season with a spectacular season-closer at the 57th Macau Grand Prix in November. With its best-ever international field of drivers, the Formula BMW Pacific entry is this year the biggest in its history, with guest drivers swelling the ranks even further.

The schedule gives young drivers the optimum platform from which to hone their talents, with a combination of high-profile events – at two rounds of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, one at the FIA World Touring Car Championship, and at November’s Macau Grand Prix – plus substantial track time on Formula 1-standard circuits in Malaysia and South Korea at the Asian Festival of Speed.

The series’ eighth season got underway in April with the opening two races run in support of the 2010 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. A further four races were held at the Sepang International Circuit in May weekend, providing the record grid of international talent with some valuable track time.

Formula BMW Pacific heads to the brand new Korea International Circuit in August for what will be the track’s first ever international race meeting, the Asian Festival of Speed. Four races will be run on the state-of-the-art facility, which was designed by celebrated circuit architect Hermann Tilke.

Making its second appearance with the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in 2010, this time in Singapore, the drivers will have the opportunity to race on the highly-acclaimed Marina Bay street circuit in September.
In October, the series will run in support of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (FIA WTCC) at the Japanese round in Okayama. Formula BMW Pacific made its debut at the 3.7km track last year, and the circuit was an immediate hit with the drivers.

The 15-round season will conclude in November with the final race run on Macau’s demanding Guia street circuit as part of the 57th Macau Grand Prix, which also includes the final rounds of the FIA WTCC and the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup.

The Far East Classic has long been recognized as the launch-pad for many a young driver, with the late Ayrton Senna, multiple Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen and, more recently, Robert Kubica, whose talents were spotted at Macau by BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen, leading to a Formula 1 career.

For the Formula BMW Pacific drivers, not only does the Macau event provide the opportunity to showcase their talents to the world’s top Formula 3 teams, but it also provides experience the demanding and unforgiving Guia street circuit. Experience which could well make all the difference when they return to contest the unofficial world cup of Formula 3.

Revised FBMW Pacific Calendar 2010:

2 – 4 April
Malaysia Sepang Int. Circuit (F1)
Rounds 1 & 2

14 – 16 May
Malaysia Sepang Int. Circuit (AFOS)
Rounds 3, 4, 5 & 6

27 – 29 August
Korea Int. Circuit (AFOS)
Rounds 7, 8, 9 & 10

24 – 26 Sept.
Singapore Marina Bay Circuit (F1)
Rounds 11 & 12

29 – 31 Oct.
Japan Okayama Int. Circuit (WTCC)
Rounds 13 & 14

18 – 21 Nov.
Macau Guia Circuit (MGP)
Round 15

Comeback Karting Champion Bradley Continues His Pursuit of Victory

6 Jul

For Immediate Release

Singapore, 6 July 2010 – During the three-month break in the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific Championship, current Drivers’ Championship and Rookie Cup leader Richard Bradley made a successful comeback in kart racing at the opening round of the Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC) 2010 last month. The former multiple British kart racing champion is looking for a similar performance in the Formula 125 Senior Open category this weekend as he heads up for Round 2 of AKOC at Kartodromo De Coloane in Macau.

At Round 1 of AKOC at Carmona Circuit in The Philippines, 18-year-old Bradley clinched top spot for both timed qualifying sessions, all three heats as well as the pre-final and the final, to claim the title. Whilst Carmona Circuit was new to Bradley, Kartodromo De Coloane in Macau is not as he has raced there two times previously: the CIK-FIA Asia Pacific KF1 Championship in 2008 and the CIK-FIA Super KF1 World Karting Championship in 2009.

“For Macau this weekend, I have less of a disadvantage than I did at The Philippines as this will be my third time racing there. I last raced there in October 2009 and I remember it as a very interesting track with lots of blind corners,” said Bradley.

He added, “I hope to do as well as I did in the first round. The purpose of returning to kart racing is primarily to keep fit and to remain sharp. Beyond that I will perform as best as I can.”

Based in Singapore, Bradley moved over to make the transition from karts to formula cars with a debut single-seater racing season at this year’s Formula BMW Pacific Championship series.

Bradley last raced a kart last November at the WSK International Series when he was a driver for the Maddox works team. The former Super KF (Karting Formula 1) driver is reunited with a Maddox kart for AKOC.

After six of 15 rounds of the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific Championship, Bradley holds a lead of 34 points ahead of the next driver in the Drivers’ Championship and is also leading the Rookies’ Cup. The next round of Formula BMW Pacific will take place at the end of August at South Korea’s all-new Formula 1 international circuit.
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THE NEW PAPER: Despite adversity, Bradley thrives

19 May

The New Paper, 19 May 2010

BRADLEY TRIPLES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD AMID INCIDENT-LADEN WEEKEND

17 May

Formula BMW Pacific 2010 Race Report, Rounds 3 – 6

Singapore, 17 May 2010 – After an eventful weekend at Sepang International Circuit, Richard Bradley of Eurasia Motorsport pulls ahead of the rest of the field in both the Drivers’ Championship and Rookie Cup for the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific championship. Although he experienced a run of ill fate with technical issues and on-track collisions, the 18-year-old Singapore-based English remained calm and displayed brilliant driving prowess to extend his lead at the top of the Championship tables. (more…)

DETERMINED BRADLEY HEADS FOR SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND

14 May

Formula BMW Pacific 2010 Preview, Rounds 3 – 6

Singapore, 14 May 2010 – Following a perfect weekend with back-to-back victories at the opening round of Formula BMW Pacific 2010, Drivers’ Championship and Rookie Cup leader Richard Bradley of Eurasia Motorsport leads the field of 25 drivers into the next four rounds of the championship. Returning to the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia this weekend, the 18-year-old Singapore-based English race driver is determined to put up another successful showing.

Last month, Bradley made a spectacular debut in his rookie single-seater racing season at the opening round of the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific championship which was held as a support race to the Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. In both races, Bradley qualified in pole position before going on to take the chequered flag first. He also set the fastest lap timing at both races and the lap record for a Formula BMW at Sepang. (more…)

THE NEW PAPER: Fit to Kart

14 Apr

The New Paper, April 14 2010

BRADLEY ROUNDS OFF PERFECT WEEKEND WITH SECOND VICTORY

4 Apr

Kuala Lumpur, 4 April 2010 – Richard Bradley (18/SIN/Eurasia Motorsport) rounded off a perfect Formula BMW Pacific debut weekend today taking a second pole-to-flag victory at the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. The rookie crossed the line with an impressive margin of almost four seconds, and set the fastest lap of the race on the way. (more…)

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