07 Mar Fortec 1- 2 at Paul Ricard!
Russia´s Yan Leon Shlom, on his debut in the Euroformula Open with Fortec Motorsports, snatched a breathtaking win at Circuit Paul Ricard in treacherous conditions, giving Fortec a stunning 1-2 in their first race of the season.
In a rain-affected qualifying, Jannes Fittje was in control and stormed to pole position by clocking a lap time of 2:16.318 ahead of teammate Shlom in P4, followed by Chuklin in P9.
Despite terrible weather in qualifying, conditions steadily worsened for race 1. The race began behind the safety car with Fittje in the lead, and the German was in control of the race once the green flag fell. Fittje made a great start in the treacherous conditions and began to pull away from the pack.
As weather conditions slightly improved, the two Fortec drivers traded fastest laps, but Shlom began closing on the leader. Shlom had started the race in fourth but moved quickly ahead of both Harrison Scott and Thiago Vivacqua before putting a move on lap five on Nikita Troitskiy to run second. Chuklin made a great start from P9 and was up to P6, until an error forced him to lose a few positions.
Just two seconds separated Fittje and Schlom heading onto the penultimate lap, but a spin from Fittje allowed Shlom to take the lead, a position he would hold onto until the chequered flag, despite conditions worsening once more. As Fittje managed to pull such a gap ahead of the chasing pack, he crossed the line in an impressive 2nd position. A fantastic 1-2 finish for Fortec with Alexey Chuklin finishing not far behind in 9th
Race 2 saw a top 6 reverse grid with Fittje starting P5, Shlom P6 and Chuklin P9.
Jannes Fittje was quick off the line and set his eyes on Nikita Troitskiy for the third spot on the podium. With the rain once again limiting visibility, Jannes crossed the line to finish a solid fourth for Fortec Motorsports, but his team-mate Yan Leon Shlom, who capitalised on his team-mate’s misfortune in race one, saw how quickly circumstances can change when he was forced to retire on the opening lap. Chuklin was also unfortunate as he had to be towed back to the pits on lap 1 due to throttle issues, entering the race 3 laps down.
Overall a fantastic weekend with the whole team showing great pace, and we look forward to getting the 2017 championship underway.