19 Oct Aitken takes podium finish in final round
The Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup season concluded this weekend at the 4.4 mile long Circuito de Jerez in Spain. The two races saw mixed results for the four strong team of Jack Aitken, Martin Rump, Matt Parry and NEC champion Ben Barnicoat, with Aitken taking two podium finishes.
19-year-old Aitken lined up on the second row of the grid in fourth position for the start of race one in the afternoon. The British driver made a successful move and soon sat in third place behind Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP). Further down the order, Parry and Barnicoat couldn’t avoid Kevin Jörg (Josef Kaufmann Racing) who spun out, and all three were out of the race.
After a brief safety car period, the leading positions remained unchanged and Aitken crossed the line in third with teammate Rump finishing 15th.
Second placed Dennis Olsen (Prema Powerteam) was excluded post-race for a non-conformity with the technical regulations, which promoted Aitken one position to be awarded the second place trophy.
After the success of Saturday Aitken once again lined up in strong position for race 2, starting near the front of the grid in fifth. When the lights went out, Aitken maneuvered himself into fourth and was quickly able to pull away from the rest of the field.
Behind, teammate Rump had made contact with Egor Orudzhev (Tech 1 Racing) and the safety car was called out. At the re-start Aitken took third and maintained his position up until the chequered flag. Teammate Parry followed closely behind, crossing the line in sixth. Barnicoat unfortunately didn’t start the race due to the previous days events.
Reflecting on the weekend Aitken said: “I was thrilled to pick up a position at the start before overtaking Kevin Jörg at the restart because it is hard to pass here. We had good pace, but it wasn’t enough to race for the win. All the same, we scored a lot of points, moving from tenth to sixth place in the general classification and it is good to end the season like this.”