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Slippery times at Fuji

13 Jun

At Rounds 3, 4 and 5 of the 2011 Japanese Formula 3 championship, Richard Bradley of Team Petronas TOM’S took on Fuji Speedway – possibly one of the toughest circuits on the calendar.

It was a very wet  qualifying and this was a challenge for Richard, who had not driven on the circuit in the wet before. Qualifying in seventh place, he started the race in 10th instead, after attaining a three-place grid penalty for crossing the pit lane entrance line.

Deciding to take a gamble, Richard started Race 1 (Round 3) on wet tyres and found out it was the wrong choice. Most of the others gone for slicks and gained speed as the track dried up quickly. Richard eventually finished 11th.

Starting in 10th again for Race 2 (Round 4) on Sunday, Richard had a much better race and finished in fifth place. He started Race 3 (Round 5) in 13th place and chased his way up to fourth.

Richard displayed excellent driving as he battled through the traffic, but by the time he got to the front the leading cars had too much of a gap for him to catch up within the remaining laps.

The starting grids for Sunday’s races were determined by Saturday’s results, thus posing a disadvantage to Richard. Nonetheless, he recovered well and fought to the front.

TOM’S is very happy with Richard’s progress as he is now on the pace of the leading (very experienced) drivers.

Richard Bradley Signs With TOM’s For 2011 All-Japan Formula 3 Season

21 Feb

For Immediate Release

Richard Bradley Signs With TOM’s For 2011 All-Japan Formula 3 Season

Singapore, 21 February 2011 – After a successful rookie formula car season, Formula BMW Pacific 2010 champion and top rookie Richard Bradley will be racing in the 2011 All-Japan Formula 3 Championship with TOM’S, the performance and racing arm of Japanese automotive brands Toyota and Lexus. The 19-year-old Singapore-based driver will be competing in his debut F3 season this year.

Established in 1974, TOM’S Co. Ltd. specialises in the tuning of Toyota engines and other touring car components, competition parts as well as in the development and sale of semi-Toyota genuine parts. TOM’S is also the appointed works racing team of Toyota Motor Corporation and has scored a number of notable successes both in Japan and abroad.

“We are very happy to have Richard onboard. We followed his progress during the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific series and noticed his outstanding performance. The first time we heard of him though, was back in 2009 at the CIK-FIA World Cup in Suzuka,” said S. Koumi, general manager of the racing department and overseas operations in TOM’S.

Having had testing sessions with TOM’S during the winter, Bradley commented, “Joining TOM’S is a boyhood dream come true for me. I’ve always admired TOM’S and having the opportunity to drive for them is a real honour. F3 is a crucial step towards Formula 1 and I know I am in good hands. I look forward to a fantastic year of great success with the team.”

TOM’S has an impressive F3 track record, with remarkable successes in its history of F3 since 1985. It won 14 out of 16 races in the 1988 British F3 Championship with drivers such as 1996 F1 champion Damon Hill and former F1 drivers Martin Donnelly and J.J. Lehto. Subsequently, TOM’S won the All-Japan F3 Championship for the first time in 1991 and has won it 14 times (1991, 1993 – 1995, 1997 – 1999, 2003, 2005 – 2010) to date.

Former All-Japan F3 champions TOM’S have groomed include eight-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, two-time All-Japan GT champion Michael Krumm, former F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa, 2010 Australian Touring Car Champion James Courtney and F1 driver Adrian Sutil. TOM’S has also won the prestigious Macau Grand Prix five times (1992, 1998 – 1999, 2007 – 2008).

“It would be good if he could win the championship in his first year in F3 like he did in Formula BMW Pacific, but it is not easy as everyone knows. It is probably best to stay in F3 for two seasons since there is simply so much to learn. It’s a long-term relationship we are building here and we’d like to see him as a world-class top racing driver in three to four years realistically,” Koumi added.

The first two rounds of the All-Japan F3 Championship starts on 16 – 17 April 2011 at Suzuka Circuit, Japan.

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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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Richard Bradley is in TODAY’s paper!

4 Dec

Singapore’s latest automotive title REV features Richard Bradley

3 Dec

*REV is a complimentary monthly publication distributed at ESSO and Shell petrol stations islandwide every first and third Saturdays of the month.

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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Richard Bradley Gains AXA Partnership for Finale in Macau

17 Nov

For Immediate Release

BRADLEY GAINS AXA PARTNERSHIP
Formula BMW Pacific champion Richard Bradley ties up with AXA Group for the finale at the 57th Macau Grand Prix

Singapore, 17 November 2010 – Sharing the success of recently-crowned 2010 Formula BMW Pacific champion and top rookie Richard Bradley, is AXA Group, one of the world’s leading insurance and asset management groups. Officially signing a race partnership agreement with AXA today, the 19-year-old sole Singaporean representative enters the final race of the season at the 57th Macau Grand Prix with a strong 77-point lead after sealing the championship in Round 13 at Japan.

“AXA has a built a highly successful life insurance business in Asia by partnering with some of the region’s best known and most highly regarded financial institutions,” said Keith Perkins, Regional Chief Operating Officer, AXA Asia Pacific Holdings. “It is with this same spirit and commitment to excellence that we are partnering Richard Bradley as he competes in the upcoming Macau Grand Prix.”

AXA Asia Life, which is part of the AXA Group and AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited, started operating in Asia in 1986. Since then, it has grown rapidly and is present today in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. AXA Asia Life serves over 2.4 million customers and employs over 4,000 employees and has about 60,000 agents and advisers across Asia.

Commenting on the partnership, Bradley said, “I am very proud to be associated with a company which is as prestigious as AXA. This is definitely very good news and I hope to build a long-time relationship with them as we go on to achieve greater success together.”

2010 Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel and other F1 drivers like Nico Rosberg and Nico Hulkenberg were former Formula BMW champions in their younger days. After winning his first ever Formula BMW season in his rookie year of racing single-seaters, Bradley is well on his way to reach Formula 1, the pinnacle of motor racing, provided he continues to secure the right commercial and technical partners.

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Bradley Looking To Seal Championship Title In Japan This Weekend

27 Oct

Formula BMW Pacific Championship 2010, Rounds 13 & 14 Preview

Singapore, 27 October 2010 – WITH 55 points ahead of the next driver, Drivers’ Championship and Rookie Cup leader Richard Bradley of Singapore is looking to seal the championship title at the Okayama International Circuit this weekend, where Rounds 13 and 14 of the Formula BMW Pacific championship will be held in support of the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

As the series draws near to a close with only one more race after this weekend in Macau, Bradley’s sound lead puts him in a good position to win both titles in Japan as only one competitor of the 23-strong field is in contention.

“My usual pre-race preparations have gone well and I’m feeling great going into this weekend. My primary aim is to win the championship before Macau. I would love to be able to race there without having to worry about the championship,” said the 19-year-old Eurasia Motorsport driver.

Bradley started his rookie single-seater season with a bang when he clinched back-to-back victories in Rounds 1 and 2 of the Formula BMW Pacific Championship which were held as support races to the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix. Thereafter he gained four more victories over the next three race meetings, never once losing his hold on the championship lead.

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Ready to resume title race at Formula BMW Pacific

3 Sep

For Immediate Release

CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER RICHARD BRADLEY READY TO RESUME TITLE RACE AT FORMULA BMW PACIFIC
Formula BMW Pacific 2010, Rounds 7 – 10

Singapore, 3 September 2010 – 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 Sepang International Circuit, 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.

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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Richard Bradley featured in Wheels Asia magazine!

27 Jun

Former Multiple British Kart Racing Champion Bradley Returns To His Karting Roots At AKOC

11 Jun

Singapore, 11 June 2010 – During the three-month break of the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific Championship, current Drivers’ Championship and Rookie Cup leader Richard Bradley reignites his kart racing passion as he heads to Carmona Circuit in The Philippines for the opening round of the Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC) 2010. Having last raced in 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 will be reunited with a Maddox kart as he races this weekend.

“Karting’s a great source of training for any racing driver, be it mentally or physically. Take the Formula 1 drivers for example – they return to karting when they can. Michael Schumacher for instance, was practising in a go-kart prior to his comeback to F1,” said the 18-year-old English teenager who is currently based in Singapore.

This is Bradley’s first time racing in AKOC and also his first time racing in the Philippines. It is however, not his first time racing in karts in Asia as he has competed at the CIK-FIA World Cup in Suzuka, Japan and the CIK-FIA World Karting Championship in Macau.

The former multiple British kart racing champion first stepped into a go-kart at the age of eight. Since then, 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.

“Karting still has a place in my heart and during this break in the Formula BMW Pacific Series, returning to kart racing is a good way to keep me fit and also keep me sharp in my race craft,” he added.

“My aim for this weekend is to put in a performance that I can be proud of. I want to do well and finish as high as I can, but I’m aware that I have not raced in a kart for some time now, so I need to make sure that I can perform well before I can win. But most importantly, I just want to have fun and enjoy a good race.”

Having moved to Singapore late last year, Bradley made the transition from karts to formula cars with a debut single-seater racing season at the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific Championship series. After six of 15 rounds, 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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