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ON TRACK WITH HENRY SURTEES
2007 UK Formula BMW Championship

Croft: Preview

by John Surtees

Henry heads towards rounds 7 and 8 at the Croft Circuit on 2-3 June. He and the Carlin team go there with the knowledge that Henry had set a blistering pace at the official test days setting fastest time and breaking the lap record.

The Formula BMW season has shown so far that the standard and competitiveness has reached new heights with 'second season'-experienced drivers, like Josef Kral and Henry Arundel, leading the way, strongly challenged by the rookies of Marcus Ericsson and Henry.

Henry’s drive through penalty at Brands Hatch for being out of position on the start line in the second race followed by the oil on the clutch that caused his slow start and first lap at Rockingham have not helped in his quest for the championship.

But Josef Kral, with his recent wins, has put all of his experience to good use in overcoming the disappointments he suffered also at Brands Hatch. But we haven’t arrived at the the Championship half way point yet. So the race for the Championship, both overall and Rookie, are still open and a number of other drivers are likely to emerge as they gain more experience. &llt;br />
But for a 16 year-old like Henry, the challenge is not only on the track as of course it is also GCSE time - so not a time when one can afford to have tunnel vision on a motorsport career. Mind you, after those exam papers, clicking through the data on the computer with the engineer and writing out the circuit report will no doubt come as a welcome relaxation.

Henry at present lies second in the Rookie Championship and third overall.

14 May 2007