Aditya knocked out of Formula BMW race after crash

March 23rd, 2008 - 1:53 pm ICT by admin  

By Anand Philar
Kuala Lumpur, March 23 (IANS) India’s Aditya Patel met with an accident Sunday and retired after four laps in the second round of the Formula BMW Pacific Championship at the Sepang circuit here. After two rounds, Aditya, who finished third in the feature race a day earlier, is placed third overall in the championship and second in the Rookie Class.

Starting sixth on the grid, Aditya, representing Team Eurasia Motorsport, was nudged from behind while taking a turn. The resultant spin put him at the back of the pack.

As he circulated through the next few laps, Aditya developed a gear selection problem that prevented him from downshifting. He was subsequently called into pits and retired in a bid to avoid more damage to the car.

“I thought I was on pace after yesterday’s podium finish and was looking forward to delivering a good result today. But after the contact from behind, I was left with too much to make up and then the gear selection problem forced me into retirement,” said Aditya.

Simon Moss (Mahara) finished first followed by Ross Jamison (Meritus) and Sean McDonagh (E-Rain).

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