Racing on a street course for the first time in his open-wheel career, David Ostella scored his best non-oval finish of the season last weekend at the 40th Annual Grand Prix de Trois-RiviÃ¨res. Making his first in a pair of Canadian starts,...
Racing on a street course for the first time in his open-wheel career, David Ostella scored his best non-oval finish of the season last weekend at the 40th Annual Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. Making his first in a pair of Canadian starts, Ostella and the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear thrilled the masses assembled at GP3R with an incredible run that ended green-white-checker.
"The track was just incredible," Ostella said upon his return home to Maple, Ontario. "It's a hard track, but a great one to race on and the race was very close with the top ten all together. It was great to get seventh with such and exciting finish, and just to get that one position and that one additional point could do something in the end."
Ostella has now followed his third at Iowa Speedway by consecutively lowering his best non-oval finish - first by crossing eighth in Chicago and now with seventh at Trois-Rivières. He did so in his first visit to the famed venue, and the result could have been even better.
"My launch from the standing start was amazing," Ostella said of jumping forward from eighth on the grid. "I had completely passed Conor Daly and was right up to Joel Miller, but because of the crash we went to a complete rolling restart and I had to fall back to qualifying position."
That was eighth, a spot that suited the rookie quite well after two practice sessions saw him time tenth and eleventh, less than a second from the top of the heap. "It was good to be near the front in terms of time after session two and great to qualify eighth considering I was in the first group," he said. "We just try improve each session out, and get faster as the weekend goes on."
The seventeen-year-old is producing his best runs of the season as he heads for home, that stop set to come in just over a week at world renowned Mosport International Raceway where he will race in front of many friends and family for the first time. "It's been great to have so much support as the season has gone on," Ostella said in summarizing. "Now we'll just look to keep the momentum going into Mosport!"