DUNCAN TAPPY MAKES PROGRESS IN PORTUGAL Race 1: Qualified 23rd Finished 14th Rookie 2nd Race 2: Qualified 17th Finished 11th Rookie 2nd Duncan stepped into the Formula Renault 3.5 litre car hot on the heels of his weekend at Nurburgring...
DUNCAN TAPPY MAKES PROGRESS IN PORTUGAL
Duncan stepped into the Formula Renault 3.5 litre car hot on the heels of his weekend at Nurburgring for Tottenham Hotspur in Superleague Formula. With only two 45 minute practice sessions before qualifying on Saturday and on a new track Duncan was in a battle against time to learn the track and find the right set up. He struggled in qualifying but by the race on Saturday he was much happier and it showed in his drive and his progress up the time sheets. The first race saw a good start and one of his favourite moves round the outside of the first corner to gain four places. Once settled he drove consistently and twice saw accidents happening ahead of him on the track. He waited and gained places as others made mistakes. By the closing stages of the 27 lap race he was third in a pack of four led by fellow rookie Sanchez in 12th and was the second rookie to cross the line.
Race two was held today in warm, dry and very windy conditions. Duncan was on the outside of the track again and repeated his move on the first corner to gain four positions to lie in 13th. He was one of the first to make the mandatory pit stop and came out 19th but making his way back to 13th as others pitted. With Salvador Duran emerging ahead from his stop Duncan focussed and upped his pace closing the gap but with just three laps to go Duran collided with Fauzy resulting in another two position advantage. Duncan had Robert Wickens chasing but managed take the flag with over a second to spare. In terms of his rookie position he equalled his second of race one with Charles Pic ahead in second overall.
"I was really pleased with my race one start and the first corner. I only made two small mistakes in the whole race and unfortunately one was on the second corner when I'd hoped to overtake more cars. I was much happier with the car and was pleased to have improved so that I started higher up the grid for race two. Today's start wasn't as good but I still managed to gain places at turn one. The pit stop went well but Salvador [Duran] must have pitted before me and he was in front as I came out and managed to pull a gap. I got my head down and before I knew it I was on Duran and Fauzy and then the accident happened.
"It's been a good weekend. Finishing as second rookie twice is good and we've been consistent and made good progress."