Two poles, two victories! You can't do much better than that! On the Brno circuit, Arthur Pic left no crumbs for his rivals setting two poles, scoring two victories and bagging the two fastest laps. Just two weeks before the French round of the...
Two poles, two victories!
You can't do much better than that! On the Brno circuit, Arthur Pic left no crumbs for his rivals setting two poles, scoring two victories and bagging the two fastest laps. Just two weeks before the French round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, the young driver from the FFSA Equipe de France Circuit is back in the top three in the championship chase.
"We were a bit behind in the first practice session," said Pic. "But the team and I worked on the setup and then everything fell into place." In the second free session he banged in the three quickest sector times on a dream lap and set the fastest time with almost half-a-second in hand over his team-mate, Aaro Vainio.
Arthur continued his dazzling display on Saturday morning in qualifying even if his rivals fought back. He set pole for race 1 on the basis of the fastest times by 2/100s. The gap was greater to the second-best time of each driver that determined the grid for race 2, and he racked up his second pole with over 2/10s in hand over his closest pursuer.
Since the start of the season he has set five poles out of six, but the Tech 1 Racing driver needed to improve his victory count, as this year only race results count when it comes to scoring points in the championship. By adding two wins in Brno to his Belgian success he is on the way to fulfilling his objectives.
Sunday's victory was very similar to Saturday's. In both cases, Pic led from start to finish and again set the fastest lap in the race on Sunday, the quickest ever recorded in the category on the Czech circuit. The safety car came out at the start of the first race but that didn't cause him any problems. In race 2, he had to keep an eye out for Riberas who began to catch him in the closing stages. He is very much at home on the Brno circuit where he won the two Formul'Academy Euro Series races in 2008.
The only cloud on Pic's bright horizon of victories and pole positions is his fragile right shoulder, a current problem among young sportsmen. He suffered from it last year so he has to rest before the two races on the Magny-Cours circuit on 19-20 June.