MORTARA IN POINTS AND ON POLE AT BRANDS HATCH Signature team driver Edoardo Mortara has finished the opening race of round two of the Formula 3 Euroseries in a strong eighth place -- meaning that he will start race two from pole position. This...
MORTARA IN POINTS AND ON POLE AT BRANDS HATCH
Signature team driver Edoardo Mortara has finished the opening race of round two of the Formula 3 Euroseries in a strong eighth place -- meaning that he will start race two from pole position. This will be the first pole of Edoardo's car racing career.
Coming a full seven weeks after the opening races at Hockenheim, round two of the Euroseries took place at Brands Hatch in England: a former venue for the British Grand Prix.
The Formula 3 Euroseries used just the short circuit rather than the full Grand Prix circuit, meaning that a lap took just over 42 seconds to complete. In such a short distance, every thousandth of a second counted and the French-Italian did a fantastic job to qualify in ninth position, just three-tenths of a second off the pole time and top rookie.
In hot conditions, Edoardo made a good start to secure eighth and then lapped at a consistent pace to the end -- despite constant pressure from his team mate behind him. The result meant that he finished eighth overall and top rookie -- putting him in the lead of the rookie championship.
It also meant that Edoardo earned his first pole position, as the top eight in the Formula 3 Euroseries are reversed for race two. Tomorrow, the 20 year-old will be aiming for his first victory.
He commented: "It was a tricky race, as I had a lot to lose. I realised as soon as I got up to eighth place that I had the chance of starting from pole position tomorrow and also scoring 10 points towards the rookie championship. So I concentrated on defending my position and keeping a consistent pace, particularly as it is notoriously difficult to overtake at Brands Hatch. It was definitely a strategic race today and I'd like to thank the team for giving me a car that enabled me to do my job perfectly. Of course I would like to aim for my first victory tomorrow, now that I have this fantastic opportunity to start from pole position, but the the important thing is really to get a good start, to learn as much as possible, and to consolidate my place in both championships."