Two poles and a victory at Spa-Francorchamps! Tech 1 Racing had a successful debut at Motorland Aragon with a podium finish, and the French team confirmed its form at Spa-Francorchamps with Arthur Pic's victory in the first race. It was the ...
Two poles and a victory at Spa-Francorchamps!
Tech 1 Racing had a successful debut at Motorland Aragon with a podium finish, and the French team confirmed its form at Spa-Francorchamps with Arthur Pic's victory in the first race. It was the Toulouse-based squad's first success in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup - and certainly not the last!
The Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup got off to a flying start for Tech 1 Racing on the Motorland Aragon circuit with Arthur Pic's first pole and Hugo Valente's first podium finish. The team had even higher ambitions when they arrived at Spa-Francorchamps, and their stated aim was their first victory in the championship.
In collective practice, Pic showed that he had mastered the famous Belgian layout and finished first after a perfect working session. Aaro Vainio, having his first taste of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, was ninth and Hugo Valente eleventh. "Arthur was perfect in collective practice and he was particularly quick in the second sector, which is crucial at Spa. Aaro had to learn this long circuit. Hugo had a problem in the first session and we had to come up with a new setup for the second. He did a good job," commented Simon Abadie.
The Tech 1 Racing team and their three drivers had high hopes for the only qualifying session of the weekend. Pic fulfilled them by setting the fastest time overall giving him pole for race 1, and then the second best to bag pole for race no. 2. Vainio had problems finding his marks on the tricky Belgian layout and qualified in tenth and sixteenth places. Valente made a good start to qualifying, but failed to get the maximum out of the second part and started seventeenth for both races.
Pic scored a flag-to-flag victory in race 1 dominating both the race and his rivals on the most selective circuit of the season. "Arthur's first victory in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and the first for Tech 1 Racing in this formula is great," smiled Abadie. "You never win at Spa by chance. He was the quickest driver the whole weekend as he was at Motorland Aragon. Arthur needed to confirm his speed with a victory. Now he's done it."
Aaro Vainio, still in his learning phase, stalled at the start and then fought his way up from seventeenth to seventh place. It was more difficult for Valente who set off from seventeenth and finished fourteenth.
The next day on a damp track Pic was again on pole for the second race. But he stalled and was hit by two cars causing his premature retirement! "The start at Spa is on a downward slope for the Formula Renault 2.0s so a driver has to brake, put the car into gear and accelerate all at the same time. It's not easy! Arthur's been in a position to win all four races so far. He still has enough time to make up lost ground but we've used all our jokers and Kevin Korjus, the leader, had already opened up a big gap," said Abadie.
Thus, all Tech 1 Racing's hopes were pinned on Vainio and Valente for the second race of the weekend. However, as they were starting from sixteenth and seventeenth places on this very tricky circuit, made all the more so by rain, it was a bit optimistic to hope for a mind-boggling result. The Finn crossed the line in twelfth spot and Valente in fifteenth. "Aaro's learning quickly. He's proved a lot of things this weekend. He has to be patient and the results will start to come. Hugo's showing did not really reflect his level of performance. He's progressing and we're counting on him for good results in the following races", summed up Abadie.
The next round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup is at the beginning of June on the Brno circuit.
-source: tech 1