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Kiwi's dominate F BMW at Chinese Grand Prix


Kiwi's Earl Bamber and Dominic Storey put themselves atop the Formula BMW Asia podium in front of the Chinese Grand Prix circus by finishing first and third respectively.

A two race/round of the Formula BMW Asia series, both Bamber and Storey were running as a support category to the Chinese round of the Formula One Championship.

In wet conditions, Bamber won the first race after starting from second position.

Earl had a good start, tucking behind and following Sam Abay through turns 1 and 2 and filling his mirrors throughout the lap he was on Sam's tail through the fast corners leading onto the pit straight. By the end of the first lap of Round 15 Earl had drafted by Sam Abay and continued to pull out a 3½ second margin.

There was only one line and it was extremely difficult to find a way past Sam. I sat on his tail on the run-up to the pit straight and half way down the straight I pulled out of his slip stream and it didn't make any difference if I had my eyes open or closed as I couldn't see any thing due to the amount of spray, but by the braking point to turn one the spray had cleared and I was in the lead," said Earl after the race.

Behind Abay was the second Kiwi of Dominic Storey.

Qualifying for fifth position to start the second race Earl again found his way through to finish on the podium. Passing Dominic on the third lap he finished second in what had become a consistent wet.

"It was really tough to find a safe off-line move to get by Daniel and coming from 5th on the grid in the worst New Zealand-type conditions I am happy to be in P2 and still in contention to win the Championship."

Dominic Storey again finished third.

Earl returns directly home to test on Tuesday for the Toyota Racing series.

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