May 21, 2018
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Round three of the Formula Renault Eurocup would be the eagerly awaited home race for the Arden Motorsport team and for Oscar Piatsri work to do after an unfortunate second round at Monza where he finished 12th in race one and unfortunately retired from race two.
Up first would be qualifying for race one with the field as ever split into two groups. The two groups would denote which side of the grid drivers would start on which came as good news to the opening group who were struggling for grip in comparison to the drivers in the second. For Oscar, he was out in that first group and was able to achieve 6th place which would put him 12th on the grid for the opening race.
The drivers would start on the National pit straight before Copse corner which gave us an initially clean start to the race before we reached the International pit straight where going through Village there was an incident which saw Oscar having to take avoiding action and losing places as a result. Shortly after that the safety car was deployed with Oscar in 15th place.
The race would get underway with just under 20 minutes remaining and Oscar had some overtaking to do if he were to pick up some points. Two of the those positions were quickly gifted to the Australian with an incident at The Loop which came as good news considering how difficult passing was proving to be. Max Defourney was Oscar’s next victim after he took a trip to the escape road with the Arden Motorsport driver now in 12th.
Oscar was playing his cards just right, keep your nose clean and you will make places. However, Oscar would be involved in perhaps the most entertaining move of the race when he was in a middle of a three-car sandwich going into Copse corner with all three drivers flat out and somehow surviving but it did cost Oscar a couple of places! But Oscar would regain and up one even more places before the end of the race leaving him 12th by the flag with a further position gained overnight.
Unfortunately, no points on the board in race one for Oscar but he stamped his authority down in qualifying two to turn things around on Sunday morning with 3rd in his group putting him in 6th place overall! It left Oscar with a great chance to improve on his best result of the season which had been 5th place at Paul Ricard up until that point.
It was a great start to the race for Oscar who had a hectic first lap which left him defending at one corner and then attacking at the next! However, overall the first few minutes of the race would see Oscar losing touch to the top five but he dug deep, didn’t panic and it wasn’t long before he was up to 6th and hunting down a top five finish!
It took Oscar a further ten minutes before he had completed the chase to Christian Lungaard and he took the first opportunity that was presented him to make the move which was at Village corner. It was a fantastic move and one that would seal 5th place for him, however a penalty for a driver ahead would turn that into a season best 4th place! As well as his best result, it was also the best result for the Arden Motorsport team. Not bad for a rookie after just three rounds who sits 8th in the championship.
This weekend will see Oscar take part in his biggest race by far as he travels to Monaco to race on the Formula One package for round four of the championship. As well as a fantastic experience, it will give Oscar a chance to show his skills off to the most influential people in the sport.
It was another impressive weekend for Ayrton Simmons in the British F4 Championship who took podium finishes in all three races to retain his championship heading into round four at Oulton Park. A strong qualifying performance was followed by a 2nd place in race one, with the JHR Developments driver then taking 3rd place in race two. The most impressive performance came in the reverse grid race where Ayrton showed off his overtaking skills to move up to 2nd place falling just shy of his third victory of the season.
Still in a tight championship battle with Kiern Jewiss, Ayrton leads by five points which he will certainly be looking to extend at Oulton Park in just two weeks time.