Svendsen-Cook top Brit on home ground. Two ninth place finishes lift Rupert into top ten overall Rupert Svendsen-Cook flew the flag for Great Britain in the latest round of Formula BMW Europe with a pair of hard fought top ten finishes ...
Svendsen-Cook top Brit on home ground.
Two ninth place finishes lift Rupert into top ten overall
Rupert Svendsen-Cook flew the flag for Great Britain in the latest round of Formula BMW Europe with a pair of hard fought top ten finishes around Silverstone.
Looking to impress on home ground after a series of successful mid-season tests, the MSA Race Elite driver duly achieved his aim of keeping consistent points ticking over with a ninth place finishes in each of the two races, results that lift him up to tenth in the overall Formula BMW standings.
After citing qualification as his biggest Achilles heel following the first two rounds, Rupert produced his best effort of the season so far by qualifying 11th for the first race and 8th for the second.
With the first race held in blustery conditions, Rupert got a good start to move up to ninth by the end of the first lap and place himself in a good position to forge further up the order. However, an imbalance on his Double R Racing car left him unable to challenge for a better finishing position. Nonetheless, despite the problem, Rupert showed significant guile and determination to keep his rivals behind him over the course of the 13 laps.
With renewed hope for the second race, Rupert now had to contend with pouring rain. However, despite being pushed wide at the start by another driver, he was able to maintain 11th place before embarking on a thrilling scrap with countryman Ollie Millroy. Producing lap times comparable with the race leaders in treacherous conditions, Rupert was up to 10th by the final lap, before producing a fine move on Ollie with just a few corners remaining to snatch another ninth place finish.
Maintaining his status as the top British driver all weekend, the move was also significant in that it helps lift Rupert up to tenth place in the championship standings for the first time this season.
He said: "I am really happy with my performance all the way through the weekend. I improved a lot in qualifying and the results I come away with represent my best round yet overall. I was consistent too so I have plenty of positives to take away into the rest of the season.
"I was especially pleased with my pace in the wet. I know I could have been in the top six if I wasn't knocked wide at the first corner. If only I had a few more laps, I know I would have caught and passed the drivers ahead of me."
Rupert added he was particularly pleased to finish as the best of the six-strong British contingent at both his and the team's home event.
"Being the top British driver is one of the goals I have set myself this year. If I can't be the top driver overall then I am striving to be the top Brit, so I am going a long way to achieving that already. Out of all the top talent coming out of Britain, it is great to currently be the best of those in Formula BMW Europe."
Attention now turns to the next round of the season in Germany, the home round for the BMW company. Having already tested there this year, Rupert will be looking to build on his rapid charge up the grid.
"I am going to keep on training hard and going through data with the team in order keep moving forward. I have room for improvement but I know I can get where I would most like to be by the end of the year.