07 Oct MacLeod finishes 6th at the ‘ Temple of Speed ’
Round 6 of the EuroFormula commenced in Monza last weekend with air temperatures roughly 22˚C and track temperatures being slightly higher at 26˚C. The 92.688 km race kicked off with MacLeod starting 3rd on the grid. At lights out MacLeod climbed to the front of the pack with a great start, beating Pulcini into rettifilo. Lap 3 entered a pressurising battle for 3rd with Menchaca close behind in MacLeod’s slipstream, but as they entered the chicane MacLeod found the grip and held on to 3rd place. However, this allowed a train of cars to form for 3rd between MacLeod, Menchaca, Habsburg and Ahmed. Lap 4 saw MacLeod defend from Habsburg and narrowly avoid contact showing MacLeod’s experience. On the 10th lap MacLeod slipped back to 4th, but this was short lived as he bounced back in to 3rd with a fantastic move around the outside of Habsburg.
Unfortunately, gearbox troubles caused MacLeod to struggle with the car and slip through the ranks as the race continued, ending the race to the chequered flag in a respectable 12thplace. Although it should be noted that if problems had not occurred a higher place would have certainly been achieved.
Race 2 faced different weather conditions with earlier dampness causing some slippery areas on the track, with track temperature dropping to 25˚C. MacLeod started 15th on the starting grid after a troublesome qualifying. At lights out Sam became heavily involved in the chaotic racing, easily moving up places to 10th by lap 3 and improving to 8th by lap 10. This developed with MacLeod finishing a commendable 6th place over the course of the race showing his great pace and race craft.
Overall this race proved to be a positive experience for the Fortec team with immediate focus being on preparing for the F3 Macau event in November.
Race Engineer Mick Kouros gave his overview of Fortec’s performance:
‘All went well with continued preparation work for Sam’s assault on this year’s Macau event. Q1 went well starting P3 and led the race for the opening laps until being overtaken due to a gearbox problem. Q2 was on a wet drying circuit and fell one lap short of being up the front again but this proved to be good enabling Sam to practise his slip streaming and over taking moving him up from P15 to P6. This was just what was needed to better practise for what may eventuate at Macau.