Alex Connor impresses in Formula Renault Eurocup Rookie Test

October 29, 2019

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0

Alex Connor and Alex Quinn both took to the track at the Yas Marina Circuit in the official post-season rookie test for the Formula Renault Eurocup following the championships first race outside of Europe. The day after the season finale the teams began to test for 2020 with Connor and Quinn amongst the drivers who tested with Arden Motorsport.

Day 1 – Alex Connor

Alex joined Reshad De Gerus and Oliver Rasmussen on track for the first day of testing which was for rookies only. After an impressive debut season in British F4, this was Alex’s first time in a Formula Renault car which is a big step up and a much more physically demanding car. Alex is no stranger to the surroundings of Abu Dhabi having done most of his kart racing there, but had done no laps around the Yas Marina circuit.

With some of the 2019 rookies from the series also on track, Alex would have a good benchmark to compare himself to. Although he was not expecting to compete with winners and podium finishers in Leonardo Lorandi, Ugo de Wilde and Kush Maini he would get a good idea how far off he’d be after just one day. On the flip side, there were a lot of drivers, like Alex, also jumping in the car for the first time with some big names included.

The morning session was all about pumping in the laps and familiarizing himself with both the car and the track. The Formula Renault car carries a lot more downforce than the British F4 car and is a lot faster as well, with some drivers graduating to the series this year from national F3 championships.

Alex completed the fewest number of laps in the session with 22 and was 4.1 seconds off the fastest time. Being a much more physically demanding car and Alex still so early in his career he would also set the fewest laps in session two, but would make a huge improvement between the two sessions.

Alex set a fastest time in the afternoon of 2:11.718 which was 2.7 seconds off the fastest reducing the gap by 1.4 seconds from the morning. It left Alex 17th overall and he was just 0.056 seconds off Arthur Leclerc (brother to Charles Leclerc) who finished 3rd in this year’s ADAC F4 championship and was 5th in last year’s French F4 championship leaving Alex more than satisfied with his performances

Day 2 – Alex Quinn

Alex Quinn jumped in the seat for day two to set his very first laps around Yas Marina. With Alex one of the only drivers to not take part in day one he had a tough task in trying to compete with those who had been out the day before and raced in the final round of the season.

However, we all know Alex is quick at getting up to speed as proven with his podium finish in the three appearances he had during the 2019 season. Alex took the afternoon session to familiarize himself with the circuit putting in a total of 34 laps. Almost 100 laps down on the drivers, who were only there to test, Alex made a very good start finishing 14th overall just 1.3 seconds behind Matteo Nannini.  

The final test session would take place under the lights with Alex also putting in a few laps in with GRS. In the 22 laps he did Alex finished 10th place and was within half a second of 2nd place which was an impressive result given he had not been out at all over the weekend or on the first day.