Portland I: Ryan Lewis race notes

Ryan Lewis back on top form in Portland The west coast rain did nothing to dampen Ryan Lewis' determined drive this weekend in the fourth round of the Champ Car Atlantic Series in Portland. The British driver powered his way to a third-placed ...

Ryan Lewis back on top form in Portland

The west coast rain did nothing to dampen Ryan Lewis' determined drive this weekend in the fourth round of the Champ Car Atlantic Series in Portland. The British driver powered his way to a third-placed finish at the track where he made his Champ Car Atlantic debut 12 months ago.

Ryan made a great start off the wet grid, gaining two places straight away. He enjoyed some good battles during the 30-lap race, particularly as he held off a charging Raphael Matos during the closing laps. This podium finish is just the tonic the young Brit needed after a difficult start to his season.

"Coming into the weekend, I was feeling pretty good," said Ryan. "I had a good debut here last year. I think it's more suited to what I'm used to back in Europe. It's a fast, flowing circuit. I genuinely enjoy driving around Portland, it's great fun. It was a matter of having a good start. I was keeping a good pace with James (Hinchcliffe) and Robert (Wickens). Robert got a good run on me and I made a bit of a mistake and they both got a gap on me that stayed that way throughout the race. I decided to play it safe and keep it third and come home with a podium. For qualifying, I think I've had the best car I've had all weekend this morning in qualifying. We ended up fifth after getting caught in traffic. I think we definitely could have been on pole, but overall we had a great car and I was very happy."

Team owner, Derrick Walker, added: "Portland suites Ryan really well, he had a good line around here and the car was good for the race and he played it smart. I think he got the most out of the conditions and he's finally got the monkey off of his back now; he's finally got a good solid result in. I'm really happy for him and the team."

There's more action (and more rain!) to come from Portland as this is a double-header weekend. Race two gets underway at 1215hrs local time; Ryan is starting from the third row of the grid and aiming straight at that podium!

-credit: ryanlewisracing.co.uk

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Series Atlantic
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