Daniil Kvyat won Round 11 of Formula BMW Pacific on the Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore. The Russian had started on pole but lost the lead early on and only regained it on the final lap after passing local driver Richard Bradley.
Kvyat held onto the lead at the start, but ran wide at Turn 7 and dropping back to third behind front-row starter Bradley and Calvin Wong, who had started fifth. Kvyat quickly found a way past Wong before chasing down Bradley. On the final lap, the pair made contact. Kvyat moved inside of Bradley to take the lead and the victory.
Wong finished third, ahead of an intense battle for fourth between the Meritus pairing of Afiq Ikhwan and Oscar Tunjo as well as Nabil Jeffri. Ikhwan came out on top, with Tunjo finishing fifth as Jeffri dropped back to finish eighth. Carlos Sainz Jr. finished sixth, ahead of Britain's James Birch. Australian Jordan Oon fought his way up from 22nd on the grid after crashing in qualifying to finish in ninth place.
As guest driver Kvyat is ineligible for championship points, series leader Bradley picks up maximum points for Round 11, extending his lead in the standings over Oon to 57 points. Bradley can secure the title in Round 12 at Singapore if he can outscore Oon by seven points.
Kvyat said: “After the start, I missed one of the corners and went right and lost two places, but I was fast enough to catch back up to Richard and then overtake him. Yes, I did plan when I wanted to overtake him. I was waiting for the last lap to overtake Richard because I knew there would be lots of pressure. It was definitely a battle. We also touched twice. We touched on the straight and then on the next corner I went inside, he closed and we touched, but I was on the inside so I got ahead.”
Bradley said: “For the championship, second is great. When I got past Daniil, I kept telling myself 'championship, championship', that was ultimately my goal and I did want to keep it conservative. He did catch up to me and I decided to give it a go and managed to pull a gap, but he caught up again.”