Tech 1 Racing closing in on the teams' title - the drivers' one is still up for Tech 1 Racing scored two podium finishes as the Formula Renault Eurocup 2.0 Championship restarted. Aaro Vainio and Arthur Pic came second and third in both the ...
Tech 1 Racing closing in on the teams' title - the drivers' one is still up for
Tech 1 Racing scored two podium finishes as the Formula Renault Eurocup 2.0 Championship restarted. Aaro Vainio and Arthur Pic came second and third in both the weekend's races. Thus Tech 1 Racing is closing in on the teams' title in its first year in the championship. In the drivers' standings, Pic lost a few points to Kevin Korjus, but with four races to go everything is still up for grabs!
The Formula Eurocup 2.0 Series raced on the Hockenheim circuit in Germany for the first time. In the two free practice sessions, Arthur Pic laid down a marker by setting the fastest time overall from Aaro Vainio, ninth, and Hugo Valente eleventh, confirming the promising overall performance of the Tech 1 Racing single-seaters.
But in a hotly-contested qualifying session, Kevin Korjus turned the tables on his nearest rival by setting the two poles in front of Aaro Vainio. "Aro had a great qualifying session," analyzed Simon Abadie, the Tech 1 Racing team manager. "He missed pole by 19/1000s - a hairsbreadth. He's confirming his improvement. By qualifying fourth and third, Arthur did the necessary, but let's face facts, on the Hockenheim circuit Aaro and Kevin were quicker than Arthur."
The two races followed a similar pattern. On Saturday and Sunday Pic was involved in the battle for victory keeping up heavy pressure on Korjus, the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup leader. The latter won both races from Vainio and Pic. Valente retired on Saturday and then had a good race on Sunday. Starting from sixteenth, he fought his way up to eighth place at the flag.
"Aaro tried everything but Kevin fought him off. The last lap of the second race on which Aaro launched several attacks on Kevin will remain one of the highlights of the season. These two second places on top of his two thirds in Budapest give Aaro four podiums on the trot! His next step is to win a race before the end of the season. He could finish in the top three in the drivers' championship."
Pic finished third twice scoring good points. "The championship is far from over," declared Simon. "At Hockenheim we've pulled off a good coup in the teams' classification as we have a 27-point lead.
"Arthur's 21 points behind Korjus in the drivers' championship, which isn't as huge a gap as it seems. He must start all four remaining races with victory as his sole objective. He can do it. He knows that Aaro Vainio can be his ally as he's got what it takes to beat Korjus on a regular basis. It's still very open and we mustn't miss out at Silverstone."
The suspense will be at its height in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at Silverstone on 18th-19th September, and then at Barcelona on 9th-10th October. "Whatever the outcome, we can be proud of what the whole team's achieved in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup in our first year in the championship," concluded Abadie.
-source: tech 1