Nurburgring: Guillaume Moreau race report

Forced to finish fourth Guilaume Moreau scored his first World Series points last week-end at the Nürburgring. Finishing 9th on Saturday put the Frenchman on the front row of Race 2's grid. He managed to drive it home fourth despite the ...

Forced to finish fourth

Guilaume Moreau scored his first World Series points last week-end at the Nürburgring. Finishing 9th on Saturday put the Frenchman on the front row of Race 2's grid. He managed to drive it home fourth despite the damages caused by the first lap chaos.

Guillaume was upbeat after the collective tests. He was the fastest in Sector 1 and 6th on the overall time sheet. But in the qualifying session, the radio didn't work. Guillaume pitted too late and couldn't use his second set of fresh tyres, so he slid down to the 6th row of the grid.

The KTR driver survived the first corner crash on Saturday, but he was forced to drive on the outside line, to avoid spinning and colliding cars. He lost a few places in the process. "I was only 14th at the end of lap1, but I soon got passed my team-mate Bertrand Baguette and Miguel Molina. Unfortunately, we suffered a wheel nut problem during the mandatory pitstop." This resulted in losing places and time, but Guillaume pushed hard to overtake and recover 9th.

What was a shame in F3 is welcome in RWS: this year, Saturday's Top Ten finishers - instead of eight - are reversed for the second race's grid. This allowed Guillaume to start from the first row. He led the pack up to turn 1, when Davide Valsecchi suddenly dived past. Guillaume had to choose between steering to defend his position, and staying out of trouble. "I choose to avoid the collision, and I lost three places. I thought I was fast enough to fight back. But in the next left-hander, I was running on the inside line, but Giedo Van der Garde moved alongside me, lost his car, hit my side-pod and my front wheel. I hardly kept the car on the track, and could come out from the Mercedes Arena in fourth position."

Guillaume overtook and outpaced Miguel Molina twice on Saturday but this time he quickly found out that the handling of his car had been badly affected in the second corner incident. So he concentrated on defending his position. For 23 laps, Alvaro Barba did his best to find a way past a struggling Moreau, in vain. "I am happy to score points, but I lost an opportunity to win the race or, at least, take a podium finish. Despite my damaged car, I was just a few tenth off the leaders' pace." The next round will be a support race in the most glamourous meeting of the world, on the most demanding street circuit of the universe: the Monaco Grand Prix, from May 24th to 27th.

-credit: future racing

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Bertrand Baguette , Davide Valsecchi , Guillaume Moreau , Miguel Molina