July 20, 2021
This weekend saw Rowan head to the Rissington Kart Club for round 2 of the DRS and with only one objective in mind, he was ready to use every opportunity to plan the weekend out and be prepared for every eventuality. Saturday practice went very well, preparing for qualifying and race Rowan was in great shape heading into race day.
As the sun rose on a beautiful Sunday, Rowan took to the track for qualifying and nailed the perfect lap to claim pole position by over 2 tenths of a second! A huge result to get the weekend started off perfectly.
Next came the first heat of the day, and Rowan was ready as he launched off from the pole spot to lead into the first corner. As the race progressed, Rowan drove a highly intelligent race, managing the tyres and controlling the pace which would prove vital in the boiling weather. Rowan continued to lead from lights to flag and took victory to place him pole for the pre-final.
The tyre conservation would prove evident in this race as he once again launched from pole, but this time, never looking back. Rowan drove the most perfect of races pulling a monster margin of 3.4 seconds over the competition in a very short space of time and claimed his second win of the day.
This would only leave one race for Rowan left to win and this was the final. As lights went out Rowan disappeared up the road, unleashing his pace and pulling clear of the pack once again. Once the gap was built, Rowan remained calm and consistent, securing his maiden DRS victory.
The hard work is paying off!
It was a weekend filled with ups and downs for Aaron Mensah at Rissington for Round 2 of the 2021 Daniel Ricciardo Series. Heading into the weekend following the announcement that Aaron was now a part of Ardens Young Racing Driver Academy, confidence was high and Aaron was ready to press on and fight hard.
The weekend got off to the most perfect of starts on Saturday as he took to the Rissington circuit and went top of the Saturday time sheets with an impressive time of 43.361 seconds. This meant the #YRDArmy members left the track on Saturday night knowing anything was possible heading into Sunday!
Sunday arrived and brought with it the hottest day of the year and conditions which would push the drivers to their mental and physical limits and Aaron was ready to deliver as the light went green on the qualifying session to kick off the racing action. A solid session saw Aaron 12th overall despite suffering a brake issue compromising his run in an attempt to recreate Saturday's pace and go top.
This would now see Aaron start from the 6th row for heat 1 but before the racing began, bad luck struck in the form of a clutch failure meaning Aaron would be left stranded on the grid and would be unable to take the start of the heat. This would have further consequences as Aaron would now have to start the pre-final from the very back of the field and fight his way through. However, like his idol Lewis Hamilton, Aaron was not put down by this and continued to push, determined to come back strong.
The pre-final was a real display of Aarons talent, as he delivered a masterclass of overtaking and race craft to battle hard and pull off some fantastic moves to clear nearly half the field and finish 12th overall. Not only was this impressive in its own right, Aaron was the highest climber by some margin. Showing exactly why he was selected for Ardens Programme. A big thank you must go to the Daniel Ricciardo Series team who managed to get Aarons engine fixed in amazing time and avoiding the weekend ending prematurely.
These combined results would now see Aaron launch from 16th on the grid and after his performance in the pre-final, going forward was going to be no trouble at all. After a rocket start making up 3 places, Aaron got his head down and pushed on hard chasing down the top 13. With the laps counting down and Aaron closing in he caught and executed the moves to clinch a top 10 finish and some great points heading into the remaining rounds.
A fantastic result for the young talent considering the mechanical issues which the day began with. Here is what he had to say:
“It was a tough weekend, but I didn't let the problems stop me from trying my best to get to the front. I just focused on getting every corner, every braking point perfect and in the end it paid off and i produced fast lap times”