Good racing to the last



I had three good races to finish my Formula Renault season in the final Eurocup round at Jerez, making up places in each race and I’m happy with my drives to fifth, seventh and fourth.


I was in title contention going into the final round, but it was always going to be a long shot. In the first session I qualified 10th for race one and eighth for race two, but we had a red flag and that possibly cost me a couple of positions.


The Saturday races were both wet and we didn’t get much racing because of safety cars and red flags. I made up four places by overtaking people in race one and then Ben Barnicoat broke down on the last lap, which put me fifth. In race two I passed Dennis Olsen on the final lap of the race, just after the safety car went in, to take seventh. In both races I was limited by the lack of running but we still went forward, and I did my passing moves at Turn 6 – which has become my favourite overtaking spot at Jerez! 


Sunday qualifying put me eighth, and I made up three places on the opening lap of the race on a track that was quite damp, especially in the chicane. Then I spent the rest of the racing laps fighting with Louis Deletraz for fourth.

‘Obviously I was determined to end the season on the podium so I threw everything at him, but the safety car gave me only three laps to do it in and by the time I was past him the guys ahead were too far ahead.’ 

So I ended up sixth in the points, which is hugely disappointing when we got as close to the series lead as we did but it has been a tough end to the year. In the races I have been going forwards and that’s been fun. Serious congratulations though to my Koiranen GP team-mate Jack Aitken, who added the Eurocup title to the ALPS crown he won last weekend.


Now I’m busy again over the next couple of days. I have my first Formula Renault 3.5 tests at Jerez on Tuesday and Wednesday with Strakka Racing, and that’s going to be good fun. After that, I’ve got the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award tests at Silverstone to look forward to, where I get to drive a Formula 2, a McLaren GT car and a DTM Mercedes. The racing has finished, but not the action!





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