Guillaume's strong point A thrilling race on a tricky circuit: Norisring is definitely the highlight of the F3 Euro Series calendar. It wasn't a highlight in Guillaume Moreau's racing career so far, as far as the result is concerned, but ...
Guillaume's strong point
A thrilling race on a tricky circuit: Norisring is definitely the highlight of the F3 Euro Series calendar. It wasn't a highlight in Guillaume Moreau's racing career so far, as far as the result is concerned, but the Frenchman's bravery and determination allowed him to change a disappointing week-end into a stunning and point paying 13-place recovery.
It all started with a practice shunt. "I lost half of the session because of a driver in my way who eventually pushed me in the chicane wall" complained Guillaume who could just complete 26 laps instead of 49 for the fastest. "The car was badly damaged, but more, we couldn't test all that we wanted to, and we paid it in qualifying."
The price is high: the 13th place on the grid for race 1! Still, thanks to a clever drive in early stages of this Satuday's race, Guillaume was in a position to take advantage of the reversed grid regulation and start the next day's race from pole position. When his team-mate Romain Grosjean and Esteban Guerrieri's cars collided in the chicane, Guillaume was up to this pole paying 8th position. But for an extremely brief time. "Guerrieri touched Romain's front wheel, then spun and I thought I could pass, but his car moved back and touched mine. He just dragged me down with him."
Guillaume sadly drove his damaged car to the pitlane to retire. The situation was the following: his name was appearing 19th on the results sheet and he was therefore sentenced to start from the same 19th position for Sunday's race, in which only the top 6 finishers score points. But Norisring is not Brands Hatch, and overtaking here is within the bounds of possibility.
At the start, the Signature-Plus driver had a tough time, and was forced to choose to hear the voice of reason. "I found myself trapped between two drivers and it seemed none of them had seen me because they were both getting closer and closer to me as we were getting nearer to the first haipin. I had to lift to avoid the crash but I lost a couple of places." Various incidents had involved several drivers since the beginning of the start procedure, helping Guillaume to recover 12th. Right in front of him, Romain Grosjean was struggling, trying to overtake Alejandro Nunez, and at half-distance, Guillaume got past his team-mate to chase the Prema Powerteam driver. After a few spectacular moves, Guillaume succeeded with 5 laps to go. The Spaniard sold his life dearly, but Guillaume had the last word. His skills for wheel to wheel battle paid off and he crossed the line in 6th place, with a well deserved championship point at the end of it. "I am happy about my race, despite what happened at the start. My car was easier to drive compared to yesterday, but we need to improve to be able to challenge the frontrunners." Guillaume also recorded the highest speed in Race 2, with 246 km/h.
Hopefully this point scored in Nüremberg will mark the end of a series of disappointing results. Guillaume will aim to fight for the podium at Zandvoort, on August 6th. The Dutch venue reminds us of Guillaume's maiden win in the category. The "Ultimate Masters" are not part of the Euro Series calendar, but the best F3 drivers will be there. It might be another thriller.