02 Jun Challenging weekend in Spa
The Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 held its second round of the championship this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps. The team of Jack Aitken, Matthew Parry, Charles Leclerc, Martin Rump and Thiago Vivacqua came away with more mixed results and the rookie drivers’ tough introduction to the championship continued.
Qualifying saw the team try different set-ups on all the cars and these circumstances saw the racers qualify mid pack.
Rump made a good start to race one in the afternoon, gaining a couple of places in a clean opening lap. Progress was short lived, however, lack of pace meant he was unable to challenge the leading pack and he finished in 14th place. Just behind was Aitken in 17th, whilst Leclerc crossed the line 26th and Vivacqua 30th. Unfortunately Caterham supported Parry did not finish the race.
Sunday’s second race saw the bad luck unfortunately continue and the team once again line up mid pack on the 40-car grid.
For Parry the previous days disappointment was far from his mind as he stormed through the field to cross the line just outside the top 10 in 11th.
Following another very good start off the line in the afternoon, where he gained several places on his rivals once again, Aitken spent the rest of the race trying to defend his position and finished the race one place down in 20th. Behind, rump took 20th and Leclerc 30th. Vivacqua did not finish the race after suffering from car trouble.
Reflecting on the race weekend Rump said:
“We made positive progress throughout the practices despite Spa being technically very demanding and new to me. We had a quite good pace in race one, advancing from 26th to 14th position.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t adapt to the changed track conditions of Sunday and lacked the pace in both qualy and race two. We’ll take the progress along with valuable experience with us to Moscow where quick adaptation will have an especially important role.”
“Being in the middle of A-Levels has definitely been making this even tougher, but we will be working as hard as ever to be competitive next time out at Moscow! “
The next round of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship takes place at the Moscow Raceway, Russia, 28th – 29th June.