Alexander RossiAmerican, Alexander Rossi scored his second win of the season in Round 12 of the International Formula Masters Series at Spa- Francorchamps on Sunday. Performing in front of the Formula One teams for Belgium Grand Prix, the 17-year-old took the lead on lap 5 of 12 and was never challenged.

Practice: 2nd – Qualifying: 2nd – Race 1: 5th – Race 2: 1st

“After Saturday’s turn 1 incident at the start it was great to have a clean getaway Sunday and take the win”, Rossi said. “With the safety car circulating the field the first few laps due to an incident with Sims and Snooks, I had to work at maintaining temperature in the tires and brakes. This enabled me to make a good re-start and take the lead from Pal Varhaug exiting ‘Eau Rouge’. ISR Racing gave me a perfect car this weekend and I owe a big thanks to the whole crew.”

Rossi controlled the pace from the front with some late pressure from championship leader Fabio Leimer, holding a 1 second margin at the end. It was a fitting end to a weekend in which Alexander had been one of the fastest drivers in the field. He set the second fastest time in practice and qualifying, but was denied a podium finish in race one when contact was made by Josef Kral in a turn 1 incident.

Turn 1 incident in Round 11 caused Rossi to drop to seventh at start. However he demonstrated determination and car control, despite a damaged floor and aerodynamics. His damaged car was not optimum in sector two which is a series high speed left hand corners. Nevertheless he managed to overtake two cars and come home in fifth place.

Alexander’s once again proved his speed and tenacity this weekend to BMW Motorsport director, Dr. Mario Theissen, whom Alexander met after race 1 in the Formula BMW Members Lounge. “The most important thing is to be quick, and Alexander is that,” said Dr. Theissen. “Incidents at Turn 1 happen to the best drivers.”

At Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgium Grand Prix this past weekend, Dr. Theissen took the opportunity to present Alexander with his F1 Test suit that will be worn during his Formula One test at Circuit Jerez, December 1 -3rd.

“I’ve been looking forward to the F1 test with BMW since winning the world finals last December,” said Alexander. “My responsibility and preparations for the test are being taken very seriously, to ensure the best results.”

Prior to the F1 test with BMW, four rounds still remain in International Formula Master Championship. Rounds 13 and 14 are next weekend in Oschersleben, Germany, September 4-6th, supporting World Touring Car Championship. Alexander has tested at the 2.28-mile circuit in a Formula Renault.

“Oschersleben is an interesting track,” commented Alexander, “but not my favorite circuit. I’ve never raced there before, only tested and believe qualifying will be extremely important as it looks very difficult to overtake.”