"No one shall pass" Oschersleben is a difficult track to overtake. Perera had to deal with pressure from Guillaume Moreau in Race 1 for 6th. The Signature driver was in the same challenging position in Race 2, hot on Abreu's wheels for a number...
"No one shall pass"
Oschersleben is a difficult track to overtake. Perera had to deal with pressure from Guillaume Moreau in Race 1 for 6th. The Signature driver was in the same challenging position in Race 2, hot on Abreu's wheels for a number of laps, in vain.
Despite this frustration, Guillaume got some satisfaction from Formula 3 Euro Series' fifth meeting of the season. He was the leading Frenchman on Sunday's grid, the best Signature driver at the end of Saturday's race, and he was at the wheel of the fastest Opel-engined car in the second pre-event test session. "I was given the opportunity to enter the Oschersleben round of the Formula Renault Masters, two years ago. It has been a great help."
Consequently, the only rookie in the team was in charge of the set-up! Guillaume was unhappy with his 11th position on Race 1's grid. "I am used to push as hard as possible in my second flying lap on new tyres. But a crash happened then. In my third lap, the tyres weren't as efficient but I pushed all the same. After promising times in sectors 1 & 2, I nearly lost the car in sector 3, and that was it." Fortunately, Guillaume made a good start, while 3 drivers before him completely missed it. The storm came short after that. "A downpour of rain and hail, that immediately changed the cockpit into a bath. We could only try to come back to the pits slowly behind the safety-car." Wind also caused material damage all around the circuit. A rolling start was finally organised 3 hours later, on a dry track. "Van der Garde, who was preceding me, got a drive through penalty, so the guys in the pits told me to wait quietly until his stop. But it took him 3 laps to stop, and when I got a clear road, Perera had pulled away." 3 laps later, Guillaume was in the official Toyota driver's gearbox! "I tried as hard as I could to get past but I had a little bit too much oversteering with the car, it got sideways in a fast corner and I came home 7th with two championship points." The gap between the two French was only half a second on the finish line.
Guillaume qualified a good 8th for race 2 and was confident in his chances to be in the pace for more. But he was down to 11th at the end of the fist lap. "Loïc Duval started better than me and could come in close beside me, and as far as he is my team mate, I left him enough room. But two more cars took advantage of the situation. Then I ran 3 inches behind Abreu the whole race long. I tried everywhere, even on the outside of a 130 mph corner. He made a couple of mistakes but with his Mercedes engine he could defend his position in the straights. I hope those who could see the battle on TV appreciated it." Both The Brazilian driver and the German circuit never gave Guillaume a glimmer of a chance to overtake, and he was an eventual 11th, 3 tenth of a second behind the Mucke Motorsport Rookie.
"I am quite disappointed about the result, but not about my pace, so I am convinced that we are able to go well in Nuremberg." This very special event, on one of the weirdest European circuit, the Norisring, will take place on July 16th and 17th.