August 1, 2018
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Australian driver, Oscar Piastri, had his best weekend in the Formula Renault Eurocup after he took his first podium in the championship finishing 3rd place in race one. After a strong qualifying Oscar, would start from 3rd place and he wasted no time in getting into closer to the lead going straight into 2nd place at turn one. The long run down the Kemmel straight saw Oscar both take the lead and drop back to 2nd before Les Combes, showing this was going to be an intense race.
The next lap Oscar went back into the lead as the leaders exited Eau Rouge, but this time Oscar would hang on to it heading into Les Combes. One lap later and the same corner would provide more action although it was Oscar who came off worse this time as he was forced wide dropping him to 3rd place. That would also signal the end of the overtaking, with the leaders so evenly matched opportunities for Oscar to pass didn’t prevent themselves.
There could have been a one lap showdown when the safety car was deployed with just under four minutes to go, but race control took the correct decision to put out the red flag. For Oscar that did not come as bad news, he took his first podium in the Formula Renault Eurocup and a deserved one at that too!
Race two on Sunday would unfortunately not go the same way for the Arden Motorsport driver. He didn’t make the best start from 4th place and had already lost a couple of places by the first corner. From there the run to and out of Eau Rouge was always going to be a struggle and Oscar entered Les Combes down in 10th place. However, a brave move around the outside of Fewtrell at Bruxelles saw him get to 9th just in time for the safety car.
Recovering to get a result anywhere near as good as race one was always going to be difficult from there, but Oscar had to battle hard moving up and down the order to eventually come home in 9th place. It was another points scoring finish and would leave him 9th in the championship heading into the August break before Hungary in September.
Ivan Lomliev had a fantastic weekend as he took victory at LGM Series round six with an emphatic performance. Starting from pole position it was far from an easy victory with Ivan being truly tested by his rivals. At the mid-way stage of the race Ivan had dropped to 6th place but he dug deep and fought back to take what will go down as one of his most memorable victories. It’s yet another win on the National stage in what is turning into a fantastic season for the Coles Racing driver.
The day got off to a great start with Ivan finishing 2nd in the opening heat from 12th on the grid. Ivan was the only one that could anywhere near polesitter, Cian Shields, and it set the tone for a successful day. With conditions changing all the time heat two was a tough battle for Ivan. From pole position, he led the majority of the race but lost out right at the end, finishing 3rd despite setting the fastest lap.
If there was any disappointment from that result it was quickly forgotten about after Ivan pulled off a brilliant drive in heat three to come all the way from 22nd to 5th in just ten laps! Then came the final, starting pole position Ivan was shuffled down to 4th early on. A brief comeback was quickly stopped as he dropped to 6th by the halfway stage of the final. At this point Ivan was some four seconds behind the leader, but he kept calm and took advantage of some mishaps ahead to jump into 2nd with five laps to go.
With a gap of 1.4 seconds to close a win looked almost impossible but the conditions caught out Shields in the lead bringing Ivan right on his tail and on lap 18 he made his move and quickly opened up a gap to make it a comfortable run to the flag! It was a superb drive and will give Ivan lots of confidence heading into the MSA British Kart Grand Prix this weekend!
Vinnie Phillips - Drove a fantastic final coming from 28th to 11th in just 18 laps!
Luke Watts - Had an unfortunate weekend and bad luck in the final saw him finish 26th
Ayrton Simmons was back in British F4 at the weekend with JHR Developments at Snetterton It was a strong weekend for Ayrton considering the problems he suffered in practice as he took two podiums and a 5th place to stay 2nd in the championship!
Josh Irfan was back in Italy picking up more trophies in the ACI Championship at Adria on the weekend with 4th and 2nd in the finals! In the Young Driver Category Josh picked up a win and a 2nd place along with the fastest lap of the weekend!