A Disappointing Weekend for Cram by P1 Europe, But Plenty of Potential
The Norfolk-based Cram by P1 team showed plenty of potential throughout the World Series by Renault event at Donington Park, but eventually walked away with just one point for their efforts. However, with a front-row start, precision pitstops, an-almost-podium-finish and a number of impressive overtaking moves, the team certainly put on a fantastic show for their home crowd.
Fairuz Fauzy secured a brilliant front-row grid position for Race One, with team mate, British racer, Pippa Mann taking 23rd position after a difficult qualifying session. Fauzy got a good start but was unable to by-pass pole sitter and championship leader Alvaro Parente for the lead. The safety car was soon deployed following an incident, and on the re-start the mandatory pitstops began. When the field shuffled back into order, Fauzy was lying in third position with Mann in 19th place. Unfortunately Fauzy made a slight error on cold tyres and spun off the circuit at the Old Hairpin, and Mann was involved in a separate incident that saw her drop back to 20th place, suffering from a damaged front wing.
Race Two got underway with Mann starting from 20th and Fauzy back down the order in 26th position. The Cram by P1 drivers were as determined as ever to get their cars back up the order, and both provided an impressive display of skill and resolve as they carved their way through the field.
However, with Fauzy in 16th and his team mate up to 14th place, Mann was involved in a couple of incidents, the final of which sent her spinning off the circuit and out of the race, as she tangled with Victory Engineering's Charlie Kimball. But Fauzy continued and remarkably was able get into the points when he brought the car home in tenth quite an achievement considering his grid position.
Commenting on the weekend, Fauzy said, "We've learnt a lot this weekend. We showed we had the pace in testing, we were quickest in qualifying, and had the race craft to finish in the points after starting at the back. Both Pippa (Mann) and myself had a lot of fun out there in the second race, and I'm confident that we are improving our car all the time. We're looking forward to racing again at Magny-Cours in a couple of weeks."