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Felix RosenqvistFelix Rosenqvist secured both the Formula Renault Sweden and North European Zone (NEZ) championship titles at Ring Knutstorp this weekend. Rosenqvist, who has now won three championships in two years after the success in Formula Asia 2.0 last season, was the winner of the first two races of the weekend and finished second in the remaining two – which was more than enough to claim both the titles on offer in 2009.

“An incredible feeling,” Rosenqvist says. “It’s been the most fun and developing season of my career this far, and it’s obviously great to be able to end it with two titles. I think this is the time to direct a huge “thank you” to Lennart Bohlin and Team BS Motorsport, who have given me a fantastic car all year. This is definitely the best way to pay them back!”

Bohlin himself is very impressed by how Rosenqvist’s season has gone. The Team BS Motorsport team boss has followed Felix closely throughout this year and was proud of the results at Ring Knutstorp.

“Felix is one of the very best drivers that I have ever worked with,” Bohlin says. “He thoroughly deserves both titles, and hasn’t made a single major mistake all year long – something very, very unusual for a 17-year-old boy! He has got the potential to go far, so I really hope he gets the chance to prove himself internationally in the future.”

Rosenqvist, who won more races than any other driver in 2009, has enjoyed the most consistent campaign. 14 podiums, six Pole Positions and six race wins from 14 rounds of the Swedish Formula Renault championship resulted in the title being bagged with one race remaining, while NEZ was racked up by Felix following three wins and nine top three finishes – results well worthy of a champion. Second place in both series went to team-mate Daniel Roos.

“Daniel is the best competitor I have ever raced against,” Rosenqvist concludes. “He has been difficult to beat, but we had tremendously fun and will remain close friends for years to come. Now, it’s time to relax and contemplate what’s been going on this season, but plans are already underway for next year and if everything falls into place as we want it to, 2010 could be an even more challenging prospect.”

The title-winning performances at Ring Knutstorp also provided Felix with the Ronnie Peterson Trophy, which is awarded to the driver who has impressed the most on a panel of judges including former F1 racer Reine Wisell during an event. A perfect end to a perfect season for Rosenqvist – who now heads into the autumn with several commitments ready to be tackled.

Felix Rosenqvist

Felix Rosenqvist is the new leader of both the Swedish and North European Zone (NEZ) Formula Renault championships after this weekend’s races in Falkenberg. The two series visited the Swedish west coast for rounds 3-4 and 5-6 respectively, with Rosenqvist continuing his podium-winning form by mounting a sole challenge to the Finnish Koiranen Bros team’s both cars in Race 1. In the second heat, the 17-year-old finished fourth (third in the Swedish series) after struggling with tyre difficulties.

“A hectic weekend here in Falkenberg with a lot on stake due to both championships running simultaneously,” Rosenqvist says. “I had never driven on this circuit before, so I really wanted to make the most out of practice. The Koiranen Bros cars were quick and I did what I could to put pressure on them, but decided to back off and enjoy some good points. To leave Falkenberg with the lead in both championships is great ahead of the rest of the season!”

In early practice, it soon became clear that Felix’s team – up until now all-conquering Team BS Motorsport – didn’t have their usual pace. Rosenqvist still managed to keep himself inside the top battle, while team-mate Daniel Roos finished in seventh and eight in the two races and lost the lead in both championships. Felix Rosenqvist now heads the Swedish campaign with 27 points, two ahead of Philip Forsman and a further two ahead of Roos, and the overall NEZ classification 13 points clear of his nearest rival.

“We’re aware that, this time, we probably went down the wrong road as far as set-up is concerned,” Rosenqvist concludes. “I’m convinced that Team BS Motorsport have got what it takes to come back stronger than ever, and this definitely wasn’t a disaster. Racing is tight and the small details are vital, but we all want to win – not least myself! We will now dedicate our focus towards the Swedish championship for a while and I’m comfortably looking ahead to the up-coming races”.

The Swedish Formula Renault championship now takes a one-month break before racing resumes in Karlskoga on the weekend of August 14-15. As for NEZ, the only remaining event is the September finale at Ring Knutstorp.

Felix RosenqvistAt this weekend’s Formula Renault North European Zone meeting at the Estonian Pärnu circuit, Felix Rosenqvist continued to collect serious points by finishing second in both races run at the event. As a result, Rosenqvist remains in the fight for the championship title, even though he lost his overall lead to Team BS Motorsport team mate Daniel Roos, who won twice.

“This was the first time I even saw the Pärnu circuit, so it was a new and actually rather interesting acquaintance,” Rosenqvist says. “Still, I can’t help but being slightly dissatisfied – the ultimate speed was there, but not often enough to seriously challenge Daniel. I missed the first day of practice and had difficulties in mastering the final corner, but it does feel OK to take a couple of important second places. Congratulations to Daniel!”

Practice and qualifying followed the same pattern as earlier this year, and soon turned into a battle between Rosenqvist and his team mate. A burst of rain hit the circuit ahead of qualifying, where Felix ended up in second place – 0.02s behind Roos. The first race became somewhat of a procession from the Swedish duo, who took the chequered flag a full 20 seconds ahead of third-placed Miika Honkanen. Unfortunately, Felix and Honkanen made contact at the start of Race 2, forcing Rosenqvist to climb back through the field in a damaged car.

“The car was bouncing and sounding ill after the incident going into turn 1,” Rosenqvist concludes. “Single seaters are pretty sensitive for collision loads, but I got to the finish. At the same time, I had to overtake almost the entire grid to get back up to second, which was fun! I have done better races than these here in Estonia, but am glad to have this weekend with me for the future; racing in NEZ really teaches you a lot”.

Felix Rosenqvist will next race in two week’s time, on the weekend of 10-11 July, as both the Formula Renault North European Zone and the Swedish championship visit Falkenberg.

Felix RosenqvistThis weekend, Felix Rosenqvist made his debut in the Formula Renault North European Zone (NEZ) championship in Ahvenisto, Finland, and left with one victory and the lead in the overall standings. Rosenqvist won the second of two races after leading from start to finish, and also collected valuable points in the first race by finishing second to Team BS Motorsport team mate Daniel Roos. Furthermore, Felix got the fastest lap in Race 2 and thereby scored an extra championship point.

“This victory came as a result of immaculate team work over the duration of the weekend, and I would really like to thank my team for giving me a great car,” Rosenqvist says. “Daniel and I were able to make the most of it here in Finland and we have been very closely matched all the time, so it feels right that we both got to win and even had a one-two in Race 1”.

Qualifying was incredibly close among the top drivers, and Felix – one tenth of a second away from Pole Position – ended up third on the grid for Race 1. The start went according to plan and both Rosenqvist and Roos passed Jukka Honkavuori to pull away from the rest of the field. A hole in the radiator could have spoiled Felix’s race, but he hung on to finish second. In Race 2, the 17-year-old Swede started from the front row and took the lead going into the first corner, eventually winning by 13,4 seconds. Honkavuori was second, and third place went to regular Formula Two driver Henri Karjalainen.

“The Ahvenisto circuit was one of the most technical I’ve driven on,” Rosenqvist continues. “Still, it didn’t take too long to find a comfortable pace and I think that particularly helped me in the second race. This was my first NEZ outing and I’m now looking forward to the next challenge which is the start of the Swedish series in one week’s time. Hopefully, we will be able to keep the momentum going and fight for both titles at the end of the year!”

The Swedish Formula Renault championship begins next weekend (May 22-23) in Karlskoga, with around 20 drivers expected to participate.

Felix Rosenqvist2008 Formula Asia 2.0 Champion Felix Rosenqvist will return to native soil in Sweden for the 2009 season. Rosenqvist has signed with Karlskoga-based BS (Bohlin/Stråth) Motorsport to compete in the all-new Swedish Formula Renault championship, which stretches over six weekends of racing from May until September. The 17-year-old will combine his Swedish activities with a challenge for the Formula Renault North European Zone title, as well as possible appearances in various Asian series.

“It feels pleasant to finally have things in place for this season,” Rosenqvist says. “I’m looking forward to working with BS Motorsport, who gave a serious impression during our talks this winter. The target remains the same as last year – to win the championship – and that goes for the North European Zone as well. There will be tough competition, not least from the Finns, but I’m delighted to face the best drivers on home turf”.

Felix currently looks set to get one or two team mates at BS Motorsport, who in turn will become one of the championship’s biggest teams. With the world financial crisis digging ever-deeper holes in most regions, Rosenqvist plans on staying in Sweden for the majority of 2009, before his international career continues in about one year’s time.

“We originally thought about staying in Asia and racing in Japan this season, but with the economic recession becoming more and more severe it was increasingly difficult to motivate,” Rosenqvist continues. “There have been a range of offers from North to South, East to West following last year’s success, but none better than methodically working towards 2010 while trying out the Swedish circuits – which up until now have been impossible for me due to the lack of a domestic single-seater championship. It’s fantastic that Formula Renault has become an alternative here, and I will give my all throughout the campaign!”