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Gutiérrez claims pole position for Formula BMW World Final
A second-place finish in the third heat for the Formula BMW World Final 2008 in Mexico City (MX) was enough for Josef Kaufmann Racing's Esteban Gutiérrez (MX) to secure pole position for the climax of the weekend's racing. In the last intermediate heat the local hero could only be beaten by his team-mate, Michael Christensen (DK). Mikael Grenier (CA) finished third for the Apex-HBR Racing Team.

In the points' standings which determine the starting grid for the highlight of the Formula BMW season, Gutiérrez only has five points to his tally, thus leading Christensen by two points. Daniel Juncadella (ES/Eurointernational), who like Gutiérrez had one of Saturday's heats, will line up in the second row of the grid next to Formula BMW Americas' overall winner, Alexander Rossi (US/Eurointernational).

The Formula BMW World Final will start at 14:50hrs local time (20:50hrs GMT). The winner will get the chance to drive a BMW Sauber F1 Team Formula One car.

Results Heat 3 (provisional).


Driver Team Time
1 Michael Christensen Josef Kaufmann Racing 26:30.379 mins
2 Esteban Gutiérrez Josef Kaufmann Racing +0.225 secs
3 Mikael Grenier Apex-HBR Racing Team +1.409
4 Ollie Millroy Motaworld Racing +1.808
5 Jim Pla DAMS Team +2.301
6 Daniel Juncadella Eurointernational +2.952
7 Jazeman Jaafar Eifelland Racing +3.014
8 Alexander Rossi Eurointernational +3.772
9 David Mengesdorf Eifelland Racing +3.992
10 Gianmarco Raimondo Autotecnica +4.628
11 Doru Sechelariu Eurointernational +6.594
12 William Buller Eurointernational +7.283
13 Simon Moss Motaworld Racing +8.172
14 Gabriel Chaves Euro Junior Team +8.454
15 Alfredo Toledano Euro Junior Team +8.499
16 Thomas Hillsdon Eifelland Racing +11.437
17 Giancarlo Vilarinho Eurointernational +11.450
18 David Ostella Eurointernational +11.781
19 Velibor Jovanovic DAMS Team +28.736
20 Maxime Pelletier Autotecnica +1 lap

Not classified: Facu Regalia (Josef Kaufmann Racing).

Starting grid (provisional): 1st Esteban Gutiérrez, 2nd Michael Christensen, 3rd Daniel
Juncadella, 4th Alexander Rossi, 5th Ollie Millroy, 6th Mikael Grenier, 7th. Jazeman Jaafar,
8th Jim Pla, 9th Giancarlo Vilarinho, 10th Doru Sechelariu.

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