UK Winter: Antonio Felix da Costa Rockingham summary

Antonio Felix da Costa takes one more podium After having tested the World Series by Renault car last week, posting the 2nd fastest time in his session and being the best among the 14 rookies that took part in the test, Antonio Felix da Costa...

Antonio Felix da Costa takes one more podium

After having tested the World Series by Renault car last week, posting the 2nd fastest time in his session and being the best among the 14 rookies that took part in the test, Antonio Felix da Costa was at the Rockingham track in England this weekend for the final round of the Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Championship, once again joining 2008 champions CR Scuderia.

In a qualifying session held yet again in wet conditions, Antonio did an excellent job by securing second place on the grid for the two races of the weekend.

In the first race the young driver from Estoril had one of his trademark flying starts once again and approached the first corner in the lead. However, not having the ideal line through the corner, he decided not to risk compromising the race and let his opponent through. Antonio Felix da Costa would then finish in 2nd place, taking yet another podium in his short but already thriving career.

Antonio was optimistic going into the second race, having already showed he had the pace to fight for victory. Yet, on the warm up lap and as he went through the customary brake warming procedure, the unthinkable happened. The front suspension of his car broke under braking, forcing him to retire from the race even before it had started!

"Too bad, but this is part of racing. I was starting on the best side, the car was excellent, I had everything to fight for the 1st place. But a defective bolt in the right front suspension broke, forcing me to retire in the warm up lap.

It was a positive experience, I learned about racing in England and with the podium in the first race I feel upbeat and can face the next season with optimism. I know I have to work hard but I feel confident.

This week everything will be decided regarding my program for next season. I am starting at the Nurburgring already this Thursday, with two test days. I will do the Portuguese Winter Series race in Estoril and I am prepared to work very hard through the winter", said Antonio to his website www.felixdacosta.com.

-credit: felixdacosta.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Antonio Felix da Costa