'Lightning McQuinn' back to the podium in Italy

July 28, 2020

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0

This past weekend saw #YRDArmy superstar Alex Quinn head back over to Europe to continue his 2020 Formula Renault Eurocup campaign with the Arden Motorsport team. After a pole position and podium two weeks ago in Monza, Quinn was keen to keep the momentum up as round two headed to the infamous Imola Circuit.

Friday saw Quinn take to the track to practice and prepare for what was set to be a challenging weekend in a highly experienced field at this track in particular.  FP1 and FP2 saw Alex end the session in a solid P5 and P7 respectively, showing the pace in Monza was no one-off.

After a strong qualifying session Quinn ended up in fifth, closely followed by Arden motorsport teammates in P6 -  Ugo De Wilde and P8 - Reshad De Gerus. 

Alex Quinn: "Qualifying in P5 is a good start to the weekend. I felt like there was a lot more to come, so I'm ready to unleash that in the race!”

Race one on Saturday was a strong and consistent performance from the young Brit taking fifth across the line as Quinn’s charge was hampered as the race was neutralised and ended under the safety car.

Alex Quinn: "I wanted more from this race, but I'll take the points and focus on qualifying tomorrow; as we've seen from this race, it's important to be high up on the grid.”

Sunday started with a highly impressive performance in qualifying meaning Quinn would start from the outside of the second row. After a long race of attrition Alex left it all on the track after a stunning battle with Victor Martins. After a thrilling contest Quinn would score his second podium of the season, crossing the line in third place to add more silverware to his impressive collection. 

Alex Quinn: “I wanted to push hard to get a good result before the break. I managed to get past Caio at the start to chase after the JD Motorsport cars. Unfortunately, the tyres degraded at the end and I then had to fight off Victor. However, I’m pleased to see that our work enabled us to progress throughout the week until we reached the podium. We are pretty consistent except for one retirement. I hope this result will give me the opportunity to strengthen some partnerships to be more confident right from the Nürburgring!”  

Overall round two was a great success for the Brit further showing his excellence after being called up last minute to race for the Arden team. Scoring a pole position and two podiums across the first two rounds has given the team a good foundation to build upon for the drivers and team going forwards.