Yerly takes Interseries race 2 Fr?d?ric Yerly (Gruy?re Motorsport) left his opponents no chance today. After a thrilling race, starting from pole position, the Swiss driver took the win convincingly, finishing ahead of Mikko Heino (Madeno ...
Yerly takes Interseries race 2
Fr?d?ric Yerly (Gruy?re Motorsport) left his opponents no chance today. After a thrilling race, starting from pole position, the Swiss driver took the win convincingly, finishing ahead of Mikko Heino (Madeno Racing) and Cristian Ricciarini (Composit Motorsport), who lost out to the Finn in the battle for second place at the very end of the race. Philippe Maurin (Duprey Competition) just failed to get on the podium again, after a promising early phase which saw him crossing swords with JJ Magalhaes (Madeno Racing).
Fr?d?ric Yerly, disappointed with his fifth place finish in Saturday's race, was determined to redeem the situation today. He was starting from the front row but he needed to be wary of Cristian Ricciarini, winner of the previous race, and starting right next to him. The Swiss driver protected his place at the start, but the Italian got a good start too and the two were nose to tail. Guillaume Savodelli (Duprey Competition), starting in fourth place, fluffed his start and was overtaken by Philippe Maurin and JJ Magalhaes.
Once again, the duels multiplied through the field in the early laps, with some drivers paying a heavy price. Mikko Heino put the heat on Cristian Ricciarini but failed to get the better of him. At the same time, Philippe Maurin attacked JJ Magalhaes, succeeding in overtaking the Portuguese driver to move into fourth.
Magalhaes had to defend his fifth place against attacks from Guillaume Savodelli, but the French driver had to capitulate after suffering an electrical problem. Meanwhile, the gaps were widening up front. Mikko Heino was gradually catching Cristian Ricciarini, but the Italian was doing all he could not to leave the door open for Heino .
The Madeno Racing driver was patient and eventually took advantage of an error by Ricciarini, as the Finn piled on the pressure to win back second place, just two laps out from the chequered flag. Yerly wasn't worried having built up a sufficient gap to cross the finish line without being caught. Mikko Heino was able to hold off the onslaught of his direct opponent and the race order was to stay the same to the flag. So Philippe Maurin, despite being very much on the pace, had to make do with fourth.
Fr?d?ric Yerly : "I didn't know how the race would work out today. I got off to a good start and attacked all-out over the early laps to open up a lead and keep steady. I am pleased to have won this victory, after the disappointment of yesterday. Also, it gives me two wins in Clio Cup Switzerland, and that's important because I'm going for the title".
Mikko Heino : "This is my third race in the Clio and I finished second! I took advantage of a small mistake by Ricciarini to get into second place. I couldn't stop watching my mirrors to see if he wasn't catching me at the end of the race. The Clio Cup Interseries is great. The levels are very close, it couldn't be better."
Cristian Ricciarini : "I finished third, after my win yesterday, so it's been a prolific weekend for me. I made a mistake late in the race that cost me second place, but my car wasn't going quite so strong today. It was really interesting to compete with the best drivers from the European Clio Cup series. The level is really competitive".
-source: renault sport