DANIEL RICCIARDO DOMINATES DIJON WEC FORMULA RENAULT 2.0 MEETING DIJON - Daniel Ricciardo maximised his performance in this weekend's second round of the Western European Cup (WEC) Formula Renault 2.0 in Dijon by scoring two convincing wins. The...
DANIEL RICCIARDO DOMINATES DIJON WEC FORMULA RENAULT 2.0 MEETING
DIJON - Daniel Ricciardo maximised his performance in this weekend's second round of the Western European Cup (WEC) Formula Renault 2.0 in Dijon by scoring two convincing wins. The Australian driver has also now taken over the lead in the championship standings from his SG Formula team mate Andrea Caldarelli.
FREE PRACTISE & QUALIFYING
Even though Ricciardo had never driven on the fast French circuit before, he quickly got to grips with the 3.801 kilometre long track. Already in Friday's free practise session, the Red Bull Junior Driver set the pace while completing his programme ahead of the double qualifying session.
The competitiveness of the WEC Formula Renault 2.0 field was once again proved in Friday afternoon's first qualifying session. After being quickest in free practise, Ricciardo had to settle for P3 for Saturday's first race after missing out on pole position with a margin of only 0,003 seconds! In Saturday morning's second qualifying session, Ricciardo bounced back by setting the fastest lap time and claiming pole position for Sunday's race.
RACE 01 & 02
Eager to fight his way back to the front, Ricciardo enjoyed a good start in Saturday afternoon's race but could not gain any positions in the early stages of the 16-lap race. Midway the race though, the Australian ace was able to gain a bit more speed and overtake Alberto Costa for second position. After that, Ricciardo charged hard to overtake Roberto Merhi, and successfully made his move three laps before the end of the race. By winning the race ahead of the Epsilon Euskadi duo and his team mate Andrea Caldarelli, Ricciardo also took over the lead in the current championship standings from Caldarelli.
On Sunday afternoon things only got better for Ricciardo. After having started from pole position, the Perth-born racer drove a straight forward race and easily managed to create a two seconds gap over his competitors and cruise to another dominating victory. Meaningless to say, that Ricciardo also increased his championship lead over his main rivals and is now 'the man to beat' for his colleagues!
DANIEL RICCIARDO: "Another weekend to cherish. I want to thank everyone at SG Formula for doing a superb job. The car felt great the entire weekend. It's nice to lead both the WEC and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 standings now, but I realise that there are many more races to come in which we have to work very hard to continue our success. Nevertheless, I'm very pleased with how things are going at the moment. I'm more motivated than ever to train even harder in order to get ready for our next race in Silverstone."