4 points, no more, no less. Three weeks after the Euro Speedway event, Euro Series drivers travelled back to the East of Germany. Despite a series of dramas, Guillaume Moreau scored 4 points at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, "the venue ...
4 points, no more, no less.
Three weeks after the Euro Speedway event, Euro Series drivers travelled back to the East of Germany. Despite a series of dramas, Guillaume Moreau scored 4 points at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, "the venue where overtaking is anything but easy."
Just like in Hockenheim and Lauzitsring, the Signature driver failed to qualify at the front. "I don't like the circuit very much, and I don't like the set-up for the circuit. But I was in the pace on my first set of tyres, ready for a flyer on the second one. Unfortunately, there was so much traffic I just couldn't find a clear lap until the very last minutes. But of course part of the tyres efficiency had gone. Nevertheless, I tried to push hard in the last lap but I slid off in the chicane. I still don't understand the reason, because according to the data, I turned the wheel and braked exactly the way I always did before in this sector, but this time it didn't work!"
This left the Frenchman a disappointing 12th, 0''8 down on where he should have been. "The problem is that people may think I am definitely not good when it comes to qualify. They have to remember that I did quite well last year, and I have to be back at the top next time." On Saturday, Guillaume was strongly motivated and confident that a decent race might in prospect. Herck got the jump on him at the start but the Bas Leinders Junior Racing Team driver soon crashed with two fellow drivers at the end of lap 2 and Guillaume took advantage of the situation. Then he managed to get past Kobayashi and began to chase Buemi. "We had to cruise behind Van der Garde for a while. He was hampered by a suspension problem, and his pace was 2 seconds slower than the leaders'. But it was impossible to find a way past. We had to wait until he finally crashed into the barriers. I caught the flag 8th, which meant one point for the championship and a passport to Sunday's pole position, thanks to the reversed-grid regulations. I did the job the team asked me to do."
The difference between a flying start and a penalty can be less than one tenth of a second. That's the lesson Guillaume learned three weeks ago. Struggling with too much wheelspin this time, he dropped back to 3rd. "A few raindrops started to fall in the fist lap and I decided to stay out of trouble to see what would happen with Buemi and Vettel pushing so hard at the front. Vettel went off so I spent most of the race 2nd, until the penultimate lap." Guillaume drove wildly over the kerb, cut the grass and with only two wheels in the gravel trap, he was still able to rejoin in third behind Hirate. Then Guillaume's dirty tyres didn't allow him to resist a charging Guerrieri and he had to be content with finishing 4th. The next event for the Frenchman will happen on his home ground. This year, Pau Grand Prix is not part of the Euro Series calendar, but he is looking forward to fighting against British F3 International Series stars on June 3rd, 4th and 5th.