Kevin Korjus keeps his head above water In wet conditions, the battle between Korainen Bros Motorport's Kevin Korjus and Tech 1 Racing's Arthur Pic was as close as it was intense. The Frenchman tried everything to keep out the Estonian, but the...
Kevin Korjus keeps his head above water
In wet conditions, the battle between Korainen Bros Motorport's Kevin Korjus and Tech 1 Racing's Arthur Pic was as close as it was intense. The Frenchman tried everything to keep out the Estonian, but the 17-year old leader of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 kept a cool head to claim his fourth win of the season. The result is very important for the Championship.
On a treacherous track this Saturday morning, Arthur Pic managed to snatch yet another pole position, his sixth this season, in the closing seconds of the qualifying session. Behind him were Italy's Giovanni Venturini, and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship leader Kevin Korjus, who found his flying lap obstructed by his teammate.
In heavy rain, the track was drenched by the time the drivers lined up on the start grid. When the lights changed, Kevin Korjus, in third, made the best start and grabbed control of the race with both hands. Pic was also caught out by Giovanni Venturini. The Frenchman nevertheless managed to take back second place at the Adelaide hairpin. Several cars collided and the safety car came out. Interwetten's Luciano Bacheta, Korainen Bros Motorsport's Bart Hykelma, Cram Competition's Henrique Martins, MP Motorsport's Daniel de Jong, and Epsilon Euskadi's Genis Olive were all left high and dry, while MP Motorsport's Kalle Kulmanen retired a few moments later.
Kevin Korjus pulled off a perfect manoeuvre when the race restarted, and got the jump on his pursuers Arthur Pic and Korainen Bros Motorsport's Miki Weckstrom. The Finn was now locked in a battle with Venturini, Korainen Bros Motorsport's Jukka Honkavuori and Epsilon Euskadi's Miguel Otegui, all of whom were intent on stealing his thunder.
Korjus and Pic rapidly built up their lead over the rest of the pack, the Estonian and the Frenchman staying in close formation. Behind them, it was all action between Weckstrom, Venturini, Honkavuori and Otegui. The four drivers, joined by Tech 1 Racing's Aaro Vainio, swapped positions on a number of occasions. Up front, Pic was still trying to get the better of Korjus, but the leader was as cool as a cucumber and did a fine job of defending his position.
The ding-dong battle between the two drivers was a pleasure to watch. The Frenchman seemed to have the advantage in terms of speed, but the Estonian continually to close the door on him. Miki Weckstrom took advantage and joined the fight for first place, and on the last lap everything hung in the balance. Taking advantage under braking at Adelaide, Pic sneaked into first, but Korjus managed to outbrake him to reclaim the lead. The Estonian managed to hold on to his lead to claim his fourth win of the season ahead of Pic and Weckstrom, who climbed the podium for the first time.
Kevin Korjus : "I spent the entire race trying to hold off Arthur! It was hard work, especially in these conditions. There was only one thing I wanted to see and that was the finish. It's an important victory, in particular because tomorrow I start 8th, but it wasn't an easy one. What's more, it was a very clean fight, it was all fair play!"
Arthur Pic : "It's very hard staying behind someone for the whole race when it's raining like that. Often I hang back to try and get better visibility. I needed the points, but the last thing I wanted to do was run into the back of Kevin. Sometimes, you just have to settle for second."
Miki Weckstrom : "This is my first podium. I caught up with Kevin and Arthur thanks to the fight between them. I made a poor start, which may have cost me a place at the end. The end of the race was crazy. It was a good race but the conditions were really tricky!"