SPA: COLETTI TWICE ON THE PODIUM IN AN AMAZING WEEKEND Capital performance for Stefano Coletti at Spa-Francorchamps in the second round of the World Series by Renault 2010. The driver from Monaco took on track all his determination and got twice...
SPA: COLETTI TWICE ON THE PODIUM IN AN AMAZING WEEKEND
Capital performance for Stefano Coletti at Spa-Francorchamps in the second round of the World Series by Renault 2010. The driver from Monaco took on track all his determination and got twice on the podium thanks to two exalting races full of overtaking.
Yesterday, after the best chrono in free practice, the young talent of Team Comtec set the fifth time in the first qualifying session (2'02.665); race one, run on dry tarmac, saw Coletti, fourth at the end of the first lap, fast since the beginning. After the retirement of Hartley in the central phase of the race, the last two laps offered an amazing Coletti defending his third place from the attacks in the final meters of the Kemmel straight first from Nebilitskiy and afterwards, during the last lap, by Costa.
The typical Belgian weather did not spare Sunday and an abundant rain fell on the Ardennes' circuit since the second qualifying held in the morning. Coletti set the seventh fastest time (2'31.502) valid for the starting grid, in a session stopped early due to a red flag in the finale.
The driver of Team Comtec was not intimidated by the wet track and the start under safety car regime due to safety reasons: after the positions obtained in the starting laps, a drive-through inflicted to ten drivers seemed to compromise the outcome of the race; Coletti pushed with great determination instead for the remaining part of the race and managed to overtake Aleshin finishing third definitive place that started new celebrations on the podium.
Coletti is now fifth in the final classification at 20 points, 18 adrift the leader Aleshin.
"As I said on the eve, Spa is a track that exalts me and I felt I could cash in that credit I had since last year with this track. We can call ourselves satisfied: the weekend proposed a dry race and a wet one and I think that being competitive on two radically different conditions in one of the most challenging circuits of the season is very positive especially for the future. Perhaps without red flags I could have aimed at the pole position in both races but things went well at the end of the day anyway.
Now, in three weeks time, I will have to face Monaco's streets in what is gonna be my home race: another good occasion to aim again at a good result".