More points for Svendsen-Cook in Germany. First lap dramas mask top six pace for Ipswich teenager Rupert Svendsen-Cook added more points to his tally in the latest round of Formula BMW Europe after an encouraging weekend of racing at ...
More points for Svendsen-Cook in Germany.
First lap dramas mask top six pace for Ipswich teenager
Rupert Svendsen-Cook added more points to his tally in the latest round of Formula BMW Europe after an encouraging weekend of racing at the Hockenheimring in Germany.
Finishing 13th in the first race and 14th in the second, the mere results fail to tell the whole story for Rupert, who was forced to fight back into contention after being delayed by the actions of other drivers on each outing.
Already facing a tough weekend of racing when he qualified 18th on the grid for both races, Rupert was still pleased to be starting as the best of the three Double R Racing drivers for the first time in the second race. Indeed, while a negative set-up change was blamed for leaving him down the order, Rupert was delighted with his driving under the circumstances.
He said: "Qualifying was difficult for the team as a whole. We made an incorrect decision on the set-up, which meant we couldn't get the best from the car, but for me personally, it was the best qualifying session of the season. Sometimes you can only do the best with what you are given."
With a better car underneath him for the races, Rupert set about making up some ground, the MSA Race Elite driver duly doing as much off the start line by climbing to 15th. However, when a car rolled in front of him midway around the first lap, Rupert was delayed back down to 20th. Getting his head down, Rupert fought his way back up the order, passing a number of rivals to eventually cross the line in 13th.
Speaking afterwards, he said: "I got a good start, but a car rolled in front of me, so I had to brake and most of the cars went back through. I was down to 20th by the end of the first lap but I fought my way back up to 13th, which I am really pleased with because I still score points. It is a credit to the team that they didn't let their heads drop and they solved the problems we had with the set-up."
Having produced one of the fastest laps of the first race, Rupert set about making amends in the second, but once again a first lap incident dropped him to 25th by the end of the opening revolution. Rupert pressed on though, making up 11 places over the remainder of the 12 laps to cross the line a wholly satisfying 14th.
Scoring two more points in the process, Rupert was left to focus on the many positives to come out of the weekend, particularly his fighting spirit, consistency and confidence.
"I got another good start in the second race but there was a crash in front of me, which forced me wide. So, as I came round at the end of the first lap I was 25th. Nonetheless, it turned out to be the best race of the year for me because I was overtaking a car nearly every lap and I was able to finish as the best Double R driver by a long way.
"I know if I had started inside the top six, I would have finished there. I fought really hard for 14th, which is important because it means more points."
A trip to the only Eastern European circuit on the Formula BMW calendar beckons for Rupert now at the Hungaroring. A circuit he has already tested at this year, Rupert will be looking to translate his front running pace into similar results in two weeks time.