Bertrand Baguette takes double silver medal in front of 78,000 spectators gone wild! A mere two weeks after the kick-off of the World Series by Renault at the Barcelona circuit, the large caravan sporting the diamond-shaped logo set up...
Bertrand Baguette takes double silver medal in front of 78,000 spectators gone wild!
A mere two weeks after the kick-off of the World Series by Renault at the Barcelona circuit, the large caravan sporting the diamond-shaped logo set up their camp at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend, drawing a crowd estimated at some 78,000 persons! It should be said that the programme on offer was quite exceptional, with amongst others the 3rd and 4th races of the Formula Renault 3.5 competition.
Following on from his podium place in Catalonia, Bertrand Baguette had every intention of going flat out on home soil, and as from the collective test sessions on Friday, the Draco driver grabbed the top honours in the rankings. Baguette then repeated this performance during the qualifying sessions, finding himself amongst the group of drivers out to contend for the Superpole. The final assignment against the clock resulted in Bertrand registering the pole position ... " I'm truly pleased, Bertrand commented. During the first part of the session I couldn't really achieve a clean run, and I only just qualified for the Superpole. However during the final session I managed to have three laps without anyone around, allowing me to clinch pole spot. Brilliant! "
Saturday afternoon, under a bright sun the FR 3.5 pack went off, Bertrand taking on the attack from 8th place on the starting grid; the top 8 of the Superpole being inverted as a matter of course. The Belgian driver very quickly won a few places to find himself in 4th place in the wake of Martinez, Move, his team-mate Marco Barba and Charles Pic. Opponents Bertrand managed to pick off over the ensuing laps, finding himself now in 2nd place just behind Marcos Martinez. The Spaniard managed to hold on to the chequered flag, and Baguette clinched his second silver medal of the season ... " It's been a great day for us. I took a good start and I had luck on my side at Combes. I wasn't on the right trajectory but this was finally to my advantage. On the other hand it was difficult to gain on Marcos in the final rounds, as I had really worked my tyres hard in order to overtake the other competitors-... "
This Sunday, Bertrand was hoping to take full profit of his Superpole, leading off the pack, with the British driver James Walker next to him. During the first two laps the driver bearing the RACB National Team colours managed to get the better and built up a small lead ... until the Safety Car put in an appearance, reducing his lead to nothing. "Right from the restart, I managed to find a perfect rhythm, but I knew that I had to change my rear tyres during the compulsory pit stop. The consequences of a flat during qualifying with the set having to serve for the second part of the race, as the result of a brake balance worry. I must have lost at least one second on Walker during that stop, and when I got back on to the track the British driver was ahead of me. I very quickly realised that it would be difficult to catch him ... "
For the second time during the weekend Baguette took the chequered flag in 2nd place, delighted with the outcome regarding the championship rankings... but disappointed not to have truly imposed himself in front of his home crowd. ... "I obviously had wished for more. I would have loved to have won the race in front of all my supporters, but let's not turn our nose up to the fact that by grabbing 27 points out of the 33 on offer here I have done a good deal in the championship. Before Monaco I find myself 8 points down on Marcos Martinez, but the Spaniard is not the most dangerous of my opponents. Walker, Molina and Pic are behind me, and that is far more important ... "
Everyone is now heading on down to the Monegasque Principality on the weekend of the 24th May, for the continuation - and it goes without saying prestigious - Formula Renault 3.5 competition. With a Bertrand Baguette fully determined to continue where he left off!