Guillaume Moreau took part in three races at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. Before his maiden Le Mans Series 1000 kilometre race at the wheel of the number 13 works Courage LMP1, he made his Worlds Series Formula Renault 3.5 debuts. It's not...
Guillaume Moreau took part in three races at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. Before his maiden Le Mans Series 1000 kilometre race at the wheel of the number 13 works Courage LMP1, he made his Worlds Series Formula Renault 3.5 debuts.
It's not always easy to be a rookie, but Guillaume enjoyed his "double rookie" challenge. On the results side, he had a very unlucky week-end, but on the performance side, he set valuable times, produced flying starts and showed promising pace during the two races.
The KTR driver had hard times in Thursday's practice sessions. A sensor failure caused engine alarms, and then he went off at high speed because of a puncture. But he was 5th on Friday's free practice timesheet. "KTR did a great job, my car's set-up was pretty good and apart from Thursday, I have always been in the pace. But the first chicane incident ruined my week- end."
Despite he had never practiced any standing start with the car before, Guillaume rapidly moved from eighth on the grid up to sixth in Saturday's race. Then the safety-car came out, increasing his chances to fight for a podium finish. He took 2nd place in a Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race at Monza, back in 2004, so why not?
Unfortunately, when racing resumed, Fairuz Fauzy et Clivio Piccione braked too late down the first chicane behind the Frenchman. The Malaysian could run forwards and avoid the collision, but the driver from Monaco crashed Guillaume's car and rolled over in a spectacular way. The French Federation National Team member lost his rear wing in the process. The suspension was also damaged, so he was forced to retire.
According to Guillaume's pace and to what happened to the leaders in closing stages, a podium finish was definitely in sight for the KTR driver. The new grid regulations resulted in starting from 21st position on Sunday. It didn't take long to Guillaume to recover 14th. "In the eighth lap at the Variante Ascari, a driver braked quite early in front of me, so I drove alongside him, but he suddenly changed his line so we finished together in the gravel trap."
In this busy week-end, and despite lack of mileage in the 3.5 car, the Formula Three graduate proved competitive in Monza. He aims to score his first podium in the category at the Nürburgring, where the next rounds of the World Series will take place on May 5th and 6th.