30 Sep Paul Ricard sees positive results
The Fortec Formula Renault Eurocup 2.0 team headed to Paul Ricard this weekend for the penultimate round of the championship. The team of Martin Rump, Jack Aitken and Matt Parry showed great pace at the French circuit, taking significant steps forward in their championship campaign.
Taking place on Saturday morning, the first qualifying session got off to a good start. First out was group A and Caterham backed racer Parry was the first Fortec driver to put in his lap times, eventually finishing tenth in group A. Rump and Aitken were up next for group B and with the benchmark times quickly falling they both put in a great performance with Rump finishing sixth quickest and Aitken just behind in seventh.
With both groups times put together, Rump lined up twelfth on the grid for the first race of the weekend, with Aitken fourteenth and Parry nineteenth. As the lights went out to mark the start of the race the Fortec trio made good getaways, however for Parry the conclusion of the opening lap was to be his last of the day and he retied from the race.
As the race continued Aitken and Rump both fought for a place at the front of the pack. Both battled through the large grid and were right on the tail of the top ten. Rump was just inside the points when unfortunately an incident with Malja (Josef Kaufmann Racing) saw him forced to give up positions. When the chequered flag was waved Rump crossed the line 11th and Aitken 21st.
Sunday’s second day of racing began with the usual morning qualifying session. An eventful session for both group A and B resulted in Rump lining up for race 2 in 8th, Aitken 19th and Parry 21st.
The race got off to a flying start but opening lap bad luck struck again, this time for Martin Rump and the young racer had to retire. Aitken and Parry continued the race, showing superb pace as they climbed up the order and knocked on the door of the top ten. As the time ticked down Parry made a move to take tenth, where he stayed until the chequered flag. Team-mate Aitken followed just behind, crossing the line in twelfth.
Commenting on his second race Rump said: “Starting Race 2 from 8th, I had a good start to take 7th. However, after clearing the first two corners, a driver that had cut the chicane drove straight into my rear right wheel while rejoining the track, so I had to retire. Sadly we couldn’t get the needed track-time but we feel stronger going to Jerez for the final round.”
Aitken added: “It’s not the weekend we were looking for after our win in Hungary, but there’s still one round left, and we are still making steps forward with our pace. We’ll be working hard as ever to prepare ourselves for the finale and get a result.”