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Formula BMW Americas- CMP Test

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted March 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm Formula BMW, Test

Carolina Motorsports Park— 2-Day Test (Combined Results)

1) Gabby Chaves—EuroInternational 1:29.185
2) Giancarlo Vilarinho—EuroInternational 1:29.415
3) Michael Lewis—EuroInternational 1:30.212
4) Joao Horto—Team Apex 1:30.285
5) James Kovacic—Team Apex 1:30.375
6) Gianmarco Raimondo—Team Autotecnica 1:30.525
7) Freddy Zebede—Jensen Motorsport 1:30.887
8) Daniel Vela—Eurointernational 1:31.025
9) Martin Sala—Team Apex 1:31.082
10) Alex Ellis—Team Autotecnica 1:31.088
11) Barrett Mertins—Jensen Motorsport 1:32.173
12) Robert Garcia—Robali Motorsports 1:34.748

A couple notes regarding the test below…..

  • The temperatures at the track never reached 50 degrees, meaning several team opted out of one or more test sessions, during the two day test.
  • Team Eurointernational has once again proven it’s worth, consistently topping the time charts.
  • Most improved driver: Freddy Zebede (from a 1:34.577 to a 1:31.020)
  • Giancarlo Vilarinho proved the most consistently quick, his average timesheet finish was 1.5.
  • Gabby Chaves was a close 2nd, averaging a 1.75 on the timesheets. Gabby was clearly the fastest driver in attendance (based on fastest time—see above).
  • Alex Ellis drove for Autotecnica and James Kovacic drove for Team Apex,… instead of Gelles-OS Racing…more on this later.
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