Guillaume Moreau delighted with podium finish A few days after Monza Guillaume Moreau was back in the seat of the Belgian KTR team's Formula Renault 3.5 on the demanding Spa-Francorchamps circuit. He scored another podium finish putting...
Guillaume Moreau delighted with podium finish
A few days after Monza Guillaume Moreau was back in the seat of the Belgian KTR team's Formula Renault 3.5 on the demanding Spa-Francorchamps circuit. He scored another podium finish putting him among the Formula Renault 3.5 Series leaders.
The track in the Ardennes has the reputation of sorting out the men from the boys. On it Guillaume showed all his talent over the weekend, and the KTR driver's races were notable for their fighting spirit and true grit.
In collective testing on Thursday and Friday Guillaume racked up 51 laps. "We're making up lost ground," he explained still handicapped by the lack of running due to technical problems during collective testing on both the Barcelona and Monza circuits. "We're still a bit in the dark concerning the best set-ups, though."
In qualifying, he made it into the new Super Pole reserved for the best 12 drivers. In the final session he set the ninth-quickest time.
Qualifying and racing are two different things, however. Like Monza he showed exceptional determination as soon as the lights went out. "I made a fantastic start and shot from ninth to sixth place. In the opening laps I was able to match the pace of the leaders, and I managed to weave my way through the accidents and join in the battle for the rostrum. The car handed very well in the twisty sections although it lacked straight-line speed. I got past Salvador Duran, but I wasn't able to keep him behind me in the long straight before Les Combes."
Guillaume's third place on the rostrum bagged him 8 points and put him in third place in the championship after 3 races.
The next day he was again on the fifth row in the no.17 KTR car. Guillaume went for it right from the start and rounded La Source Hairpin in fifth spot. "I made a great getaway and I held my braking to the last moment. I found a tiny gap that I managed to slip through."
Now in fifth place he followed Duran and fended off Molina's attacks. "As was the case all weekend my car wasn't quick enough on the straights. I had to really push in the second sector to compensate."
At half-distance he came in for the obligatory refuelling stop. "The stop went off without problems and I restarted in the fast lane just beside another car. At the end of the pits I gave him priority but race control hit me with a drive-through penalty. Most of us feel that this penalty was disproportionately heavy. In Formula 3.5 Series this type of decision is like a disqualification. I'm unhappy with the lack of communication with the stewards. I really didn't take any risks with this manoeuvre."
>From what looked like an almost certain fifth place Guillaume found himself down in fourteenth spot. Thanks to his 16 points scored in Italy and Belgium the KTR driver is in sixth place in what is a hotly-disputed championship.
Guillaume will be back on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit this coming weekend to pursue his Le Mans Series programme with the Luc Alphand Adventures Corvette C6.R. Between 22nd-25th May he will be driving the KTR team's Formula Renault 3.5 on the Monaco circuit in one of the supporting events for the Formula 1 Grand Prix. "My aim is pole," said Guillaume still as highly motivated as ever.