Starting Strong - Quinn Confirms himself as title contender

April 20, 2021

Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine

It was the most wonderful time of the year last weekend as our single seaters took to the track for the first race weekend of 2021.  Flying the flag for the #YRDArmy was Alex Quinn taking part in the first ever Formula Regional by Alpine race weekend at Imola supporting the Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio Del Made In Italy E Dell'emilia Romagna 2021 and Alex was ready to make a bold statement in front of the best in the world. 

Representing the Arden team Quinn was out of the blocks fast as he set the pace and took P1 in FP1 to start the weekend off strong and identify not only his pace but the team too with two drivers Quinn and Alatalo in the top 3 and all 3 drivers well inside the top 2020.  The first burst of pace was clearly consistent as FP2 saw another top 3 finish for Quinn and he ended Friday in great form ahead of what was set to be an exciting race weekend. 

As the sun rose in Italy and engines roared into life it was time for the two qualifying sessions which would set the grids for the two races with one later that day and one before the Formula 1 on Sunday. The first qualifying session would dictate the grid for Sunday’s race and as was seen on Friday both Quinn and the Arden team were in great form. The first session ended with Quinn in P6 providing a great chance come Sunday. However, this result would only be bettered in Q2 as Quinn finished P3 placing his red racing machine on the second row for Saturdays race. 

It was now time for the first race of 2021 and starting from P3 Quinn was in with a great chance. Getting off the line fast allowed Quinn to jump straight into P2 and throw himself into an intense battle with fellow championship favourite David.  Quinn had to use all his experience and managed to hold off the competition to finish P2 fending off from 2 safety car restarts and take a place on the F1 podium. A great start for the Brit and a result which sets up an amazing season. 

Race two on Sunday wouldn’t bring such luck, starting from P6 Quinn once again got off to a great start climbing to P5 and was putting firm pressure on 4th and the battle was set. As Quinn got closer he tried a bold move around the outside of his competitor and after a mistake from the Prema driver Quinn was forced off into the gravel and sadly his race would end here. 

Overall not the desired Sunday Quinn and the Arden team had hoped for but a strong assertive start which indicates the season ahead is going to be action packed and certainly one to keep an eye on.