07 Jun More points for Igor Walilko in France
Igor Walilko showed podium potential and finished the third round of the Euroformula Open series with more solid points under his belt after a fifth and a fighting seventh at the Paul Ricard circuit in France last weekend.
The 18-year-old Pole was amongst the fastest in France straight from the word go, finishing a close third in the first two practice sessions on Friday and aiming for podium finishes in both races. Coming through from sixth on the grid in race one Walilko made his way up to fifth, but his podium bid way hampered by a contact with Colton Herta’s car, leaving the Fortec Motorsports driver less than two seconds from the rostrum at the flag.
Sunday’s race two saw the youngster from Zielona Gora losing several positions after a troublesome start, before charging through the field and battling his way up to seventh. After scoring solid points in both races, the Pole is now eighth in the overall standings, just eight points from the fifth spot.
Round four of the Euroformula Open series will take place on the 23-24th of July at the famous British Formula 1 circuit, Silverstone, with more test planned for Walilko and Fortec Motorsports until then.
“Race one went pretty well but we had a good chance to reach our aim and finish on the podium, so I’m not fully satisfied. I lost a position at the start but quickly recovered it and chased down the leaders. Unfortunately I came across Colton Herta, again, and slightly damaged the left front tyre after a contact. Afterwards I struggled in the right-hand corners. I still had a good pace but just couldn’t take the fight to the leaders. If it wasn’t for that I’m sure we’d been fighting for the podium. Race two was a bit disappointing. I had an issue at the start and lost several positions. I was really pushing and quickly got back to seventh. I was faster than the three cars right in front of me but coming through the pack I really used up my tyres and that was it. It’s a pity but we’ll learn from that together with the team and come back stronger for Silverstone. We also need to improve the settings of the car, both for the qualifying and the races, but we have a pretty intense test program scheduled before the next round and I’m hoping we’ll make big strides forward.”