Estasy Top-Tens in Austria Adrian Estasy finished tenth at round three of the CIK-FIA European Rotax Championships in Austria on the weekend. Having suffered a DNF in the heats, he was able to recover from a lowly grid position to take ...
Estasy Top-Tens in Austria
Adrian Estasy finished tenth at round three of the CIK-FIA European Rotax Championships in Austria on the weekend. Having suffered a DNF in the heats, he was able to recover from a lowly grid position to take tenth, just 13.6 seconds away from the winner, Switzerland's Ken Allemann.
Estasy's weekend got off to a solid start during preliminary testing in the lead-up to the event where he set competitive lap times. During official practice, Estasy was still fast, but despite losing a few tenths of pace, was still hovering just outside the top ten. This was a cause of frustration as he had been one of the pace setters at both of the previous rounds.
Regardless, the Xtreme Racegear Arrow driver pushed his machine to 11th in official qualifying. Unfortunately, he couldn't match his practice time (if he had, he would have been fifth) and started the qualifying heat races from the third row.
The race meeting at the A1 Speedworld circuit in Bruck, Austria, had the most number of competitors seen in the Championship so far. Over 50 drivers registered qualifying times in Senior Rotax MAX necessitating a series of qualifying heat races to determine the elite 34 drivers who would progress through to the pre-final and final - the only two races of the round that carried championship points.
Estasy's first heat netted a solid seventh, however the second heat was costly, Adrian retiring the kart with a seized clutch. This severely limited his chances of making the finals. A great drive to fourth in the third heat was an effort that was rewarded with a start in the pre-final, though it would be all the way back on grid 21.
Starting the race deep in the field, Estasy encountering heavy traffic in the pre-final and was not happy with his setup. "I had some understeer, so I was not as fast as I wanted to be" he said. "Also, this track was very hard to pass on, so it made the pre-final very difficult for me."
Mindful that he needed to finish to earn points towards the championship, Estasy threaded his way through the pack and moved forward in the field to take 17th.
In the warm and sunny conditions, further progress was made in the 22-lap final. "We changed the front end a little and it was better" Estasy commented. The 22-year old picked off karts one by one, then grabbed tenth position late in the race.
"Overall, I would say that this weekend was not very good for me" he said. "I hope we can get back to the pace we had at the opening rounds. It's only a few tenths of a second, but that's all you need at this level of competition."
The fourth and final round of the Championship will be held in Portugal on September 22-24.