A tough weekend on English territory While the British round of the World Series by Renault was a great popular success with over 110 000 spectators, the same could not be said for Guillaume Moreau's weekend as he left Silverstone empty-handed.
A tough weekend on English territory
While the British round of the World Series by Renault was a great popular success with over 110 000 spectators, the same could not be said for Guillaume Moreau's weekend as he left Silverstone empty-handed. The driver from the Limousine region was very disappointed and is now turning his attention to his next challenge: the Le Mans 24 Hours.
After Monza, Spa-Francorchamps and Monaco the Formula Renault 3.5 Series continued its tour of the most famous circuits in Europe with a halt at Silverstone. This track, which hosts the British F1 Grand Prix, is laid out on a former military airport and consists of a series of quick curves and straights giving an average lap speed of over 200 km/h.
Guillaume Moreau and the KTR team lost a lot of time during Thursday's session with an hydraulic problem, but still managed to use it to adapt the set-up of the Formula Renault 3.5 to the demands of this very particular track. "We weren't on the pace at the start, and then we progressed in the right direction. Friday's two sessions helped us find a good set-up for qualifying."
Guillaume was second quickest on his group and qualified easily for the Superpole. He was 9th fastest in this particularly tricky challenge. "Without doubt the worst place as the eighth gives pole for Saturday's race. Thanks to the work carried out over the last two days I had the potential to get into the top five until a small mistake in the final corner cost me 3/10s," said a disappointed Frenchman.
Guillaume drove a steady race in the first round and he crossed the line in 6th place. Unfortunately, the Stewards hit him with a 25-second penalty for a racing incident "Robert Wickens braked earlier that I expected and I was surprised. I tried to avoid him but I tagged him and he spun. I apologised and he accepted. The officials reckoned that the collision deserved a penalty, which I had no choice but to accept. However, I wonder about the jumped starts and the collisions on the straight!" explained the Frenchman. " What I'll take away from this race is that I was on the pace as I was able to follow Giedo Van der Garde."
This penalty dropped Guillaume from 6th to 13th place and he was in 14th spot for Sunday's event. The KTR driver passed 3 cars on lap 1 and then took 11th after the round of tyre changes. "Despite being down on performance because of a chronic lack of traction I fought like a lion. My best move was passing James Walker on the outside of Priory Curve! But overall my efforts didn't pay off as I finished just outside the points."
Guillaume has already set off for the Sarthe, as the Le Mans week begins with scrutineering on Monday. " I can't wait to be there and I'm tackling this race with a lot of humility as I have so much to learn. It's hard to make any predictions, but we've prepared well for this rendezvous with Luc Alphand Adventures Team." Guillaume is down to share the no.72 Corvette C6.R with Jerôme Policand and Luc himself.
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