September 3, 2018
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
The Arden Motorsport driver got the weekend off to a pretty decent start qualifying 10th for the opening race with an aim to move forward. Overtaking wasn’t going to be easy around a circuit that presents minimal overtaking opportunities meaning the race start was going to be important!
Despite starting on the inside of the track Oscar was quickly across to the outside as he began to make his move on Smolyar which he would complete two corners later. The next lap and Oscar made a similar move going around the outside of Milesi at turn two to now get himself up to 8th place.
As the race settled down Oscar began to apply pressure on 7th place driver Matus who was putting up a stern defence. In turn that was allowing the lead group to escape and despite a few attempts it wasn’t until the final ten minutes that Oscar was able to find a way through. Similar to his previous moves Oscar went around the outside at turn two to put himself into 7th place with just under nine minutes to go.
Despite being over two seconds back from 6th place Oscar put his foot down and had closed the gap down to the 4th place battle as the race entered it’s final couple of laps. Quickly running out of time Oscar would get within half a second of Colombo but wasn’t able to make an attempt to pass and would finish 7th taking valuable championship points.
After a tricky qualifying, it was a brilliant recovery drive with some impressive moves made and given the Australian would start fourth on the grid for race two, it was smiles all round as the team left the circuit on Saturday.
After the glorious conditions of Saturday things couldn’t be any different on Sunday with a wet track and a challenging race for the field ahead. Off the line Oscar didn’t make the best of starts leaving him vulnerable into turn one and he subsequently lost a place around the outside dropping to 5th.
Like several drivers out there Oscar was finding it difficult to adjust to the conditions and was under pressure of dropping back further. But he kept a cool head and as the laps ticked by Oscar made no mistakes and was rewarded for his consistency as he closed in on the battle for 3rd heading into the final ten minutes.
The last ten minutes was when the race started to heat up with five drivers now involved in the 3rd place fight. With seven minutes remaining Oscar found himself the driver under pressure once again as he lost a place to Colombo with Smolyar attempting to follow him through.
But Oscar would turn things back around on the next lap first by picking up a place after Sargeant took a spin followed by a fantastic move around the outside of Peroni at the final corner. The safety cars were then brought and with less than five minutes to go the race was finished behind it leaving Oscar in an impressive 4th place.
It gave Oscar his sixth consecutive top ten result and leaves him 9th in the championship just four points behind his countrymen Peroni.