18 May Igor Walilko aims for another podium at Spa
Igor Walilko aims to repeat his podium performance from last year during this weekend’s second round of the Euroformula Open series at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
Sixth overall after the opening round at Estoril, the 18-year-old from Zielona Gora wants to up the pace. Having switched teams and joined Fortec Motorsports just days before the first two races, the young Pole wasn’t able to show his full potential in Portugal, but aims to return to the front with a revamped car this weekend.
The picturesque venue set in the Ardennes, Spa-Franchorchamps is the longest and most difficult circuit on the calendar and one of the most spectacular on the planet. Famous for the flat-out, uphill 220+ kmh Eau Rouge corner, Spa is also notorious for the changeable, unpredictable weather.
This weekend the Euroformula Open drivers will take part in the usual two 13-lap races, with the first one of Saturday at 2:40 PM CET and the second one on Sunday at 1:30. The first qualifying practice will take place already on Friday, right after two 30-minute practice sessions with no additional sessions on Thursday.
“Last year’s weekend in Belgium marked a turning point for me. I had several podiums in the Rookies Trophy before but that was my first podium overall. Portugal went fine last month considering the last moment change of teams and lack of time to prepare the car, but of course our goals are much higher. I drove a car with a lot of mileage in Portugal so we set the engine to make sure I’d make it to the finish. However since then the whole team worked flat-out to prepare pretty much a completely new car for this weekend. Spa is the longest and one of the most difficult tracks on the calendar but it’s also one of my favourite ones so I want to battle at the front again and hope to score another podium. It won’t be easy. We’ll need to check the car with some installation laps but there will be very little time with no track action on Thursday and just the two practice sessions on Friday. It will be quite a challenge but we’re ready. Obviously the changeable Belgian weather will play its part again but it will only make it more interesting and we’re ready for whatever will be thrown at us.”