Pole positions galore! Arthur Pic continues to rack up pole positions that are pearls of pure driving skills! Unfortunately, at Magny-Cours he wasn't able to convert them into victories as had been the case on the Brno circuit two weeks...
Pole positions galore!
Arthur Pic continues to rack up pole positions that are pearls of pure driving skills!
Unfortunately, at Magny-Cours he wasn't able to convert them into victories as had been the case on the Brno circuit two weeks earlier. On both Saturday and Sunday it was the start that decided the outcome of the race.
The World Series by Renault is a big party for motor sport fans, and it does everything possible to give the spectators on the European circuits where it sets up home the best possible welcome. Unfortunately for the French round rain, wind and grey skies made the umbrella sellers very happy! Tyre and setup changes followed one another at breakneck speed depending whether or not the cars had to tackle a wet or dry track. Sometimes both conditions were present and the drivers showed their skills in much the same way as ice-skating artists. On a cool Saturday morning, the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup drivers were faced with a track that continued to improve so the quickest times came at the end of the session. Pic set his best times on his last two laps and bagged two pole positions, the sixth and seventh on the trot for the Tech 1 Racing driver!
The Nevers track was wet for the start of the first race. Pic made a good getaway but quick Estonian, Kevin Korjus, who is the current championship leader, rocketed through in the spray thrown up by the wet weather tyres and diffusers and overtook the Frenchman who also had to fight off an attack from Finn, Weckstrom. Pic was sandwiched between the two Koiranen Bros team drivers. Arthur then set about upping the heat on Korjus waiting to go for a make or break move without giving anything away to Weckstrom. The three youngsters remained bunched together until the chequered flag which they took in the order set at the end of the first lap. Overall, second place was not a bad result, but it did not correspond to Pic's aim of reducing the gap to the leader, especially as the latter won.
The cars were on slicks for the start of race 2. "I got caught out by the lights which came on and then suddenly went out when I wasn't yet on the switch," said Pic afterwards. Venturini went by on the left and Bacheta on the right. The race was soon neutralised following an early collision. The Tech 1 Racing driver found himself in the wrong place in the Estoril curve at the restart, and he braked late on the entrance to Adelaide to try and snatch back third from Honkavouri, another Finn from the Koiranen team. "He closed the door and I had to almost stop on the apex of the hairpin, and three other drivers including Korjus got past me. With four laps to go I managed to slip past Olive to grab sixth place."
It began to rain again in the final laps and some drivers went off line but the hierarchy set by the red flag did not change. "Once again we showed just how quick we are. It's a pity we didn't manage to make more out of it and score at least a second podium finish. I still have half the season to buck the trend." The challenge that awaits the FFSA `Equipe de France' driver is clear: he has to win or finish ahead of the current leader as regularly as he has set pole positions so far. He would like to start bringing home the bacon at the Hungaroring on 3rd 4th July.
-source: Arthur Pic