Tappy: "The next step is a race win" Duncan Tappy is definitely the driver to watch for the next Auto GP events. The brit's performances have steadily improved in the first two series events: in the first race in Brno he was fifth, while in...
Tappy: "The next step is a race win"
Duncan Tappy is definitely the driver to watch for the next Auto GP events. The brit's performances have steadily improved in the first two series events: in the first race in Brno he was fifth, while in Imola he was fourth in Race 1 and 3rd in Race 2. The higher step of the podium gets closer and closer for him, and keeping this momentum a race win should come early. We called Tappy while he was in Oulton Park to coach some F.Renault Uk drivers, to understand what are his expectations for the championship's next rounds.
What are your feelings on the season first events?
"In every championship I contested, my strategy always aimed at learning the car step by step. This is even more needed for a challenging car like Auto GP. Taking it too easy could lead to some mistakes, and losing the grip on the championship is very easy. That's why I opted for a more cautious approach, working on the feeling with the car session after session, and it seems it's working!
Analyzing the first two events, I'm really happy of how I coped with the odds in Brno. People see me as an experienced driver, but the truth is that budget problems prevented me from contesting a whole championship in the last two seasons. Brno was my debut in a new series, with a new car and on a track that was unknown for me; furthermore the Volcano problem forced me to drive to Czech Republic from England, and I was really tired when I got to the track. Luckily, I really got on well with DAMS, and the weekend was good".
And speaking about Imola? You put up a big show with Miguez^a
"I never raced before in Imola, and thinking about what that circuit means for motor racing I was thrilled. Now I can say that it's both a wonderful track and one of the most difficult to learn, the two hours of testing on Friday morning were really useful. Speaking about race 2, I hope the fans enjoyed the show on TV! Apart from this, I was a lot faster than Celso and I really wanted second place, I tried to overtake him twice and he managed to close the door. The only option to pass him was trying harder, taking some more risks. The stake was high, but I didn't want to throw the race away, because P3 meant important points and prize money".
It's a very mature approach. Does coaching younger drivers helps you to be more reflexive when you are racing?
"Yeah, it helps a bit. Telling the guys what mistakes they must avoid helps me in avoiding them myself when I'm driving. Besides this, it makes me think a bit more when I'm in the car. Anyway, on a racetrack often things do happen in a moment, and the driver's instinct is vital".
Spa is approaching, what's your feeling with the track?
"No feeling, as I never raced there. Anyway, Spa is a dream track for every driver, one of the most challenging circuits to put talent to the test. For me it will be even more difficult because I will have just two 30' sessions to learn the track ahead of qualifying. I will try some laps on the simulator, but frankly I'm just looking forward to being there".
You are third in the championship tied with Filippi, do you think you have a shot at the title?
"Given that my performances and my feeling with the car is growing race by race, I think that I'm among the title-runners. Keeping this momentum a win should be behind the corner, and that would be a big boost for my chances. I will do my best". Best Regards
-source: auto gp