Minardi look forward to Beijing – Jul 11 05

Date posted on July 11, 2005 · Published by Mark Goddard

Minardi Team Asia are hoping for improved results in rounds seven and eight of the 2005 Formula BMW Asia Series which will be held on July 17th at the tight Goldenport Circuit in Beijing, China.

Rookie Dejan de Zoysa has been improving with every outing and the team is hoping that Beijing will prove to be his breakthrough event. “Dejan is possibly the least experienced driver on the grid and with that in mind his performances this year have been extremely good” said Mark Goddard of Minardi Team Asia. “I am sure he is capable of a top six finish of he can get his act together in qualifying”.

Jonathan Chan is also hoping to build on his improving form at the last event in Thailand. “Jonathan really does lack experience but he is improving every time he sits in the car and I know he has also been working on his fitness which was a little suspect at the beginning of the year. Like Dejan he needs to qualify better, his race pace is already pretty good” remarked Goddard.

The Team’s third driver, Aaron Lim, on paper is the least experienced driver of all, his first race being the second F.BMW event at Sepang. However he spent almost three years in Europe racing karts and that ultra competitive grounding is really reflected in his performances. “To qualify second in his first ever car race really demonstrated his potential.” according to Goddard. “He was disappointed with his results in Bira which were a result of a poor qualifying performance after a big off at the notorious fast chicane. Aaron admitted the tight Bira was a bit of a culture shock and it does take time to get used to that sort of circuit. Like Dejan and Jonathan he does not have the luxury of experience on this sort of track to give him the confidence to push. Beijing is very similar to Bira and now that our drivers have driven this type circuit I am sure they now know what it takes to be competitive and it will show in their results this weekend”

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