06 Apr Pakari takes a podium finish in Hockenheim
6th April, Hockenheim –Ten Fortec drivers took to the Hockenheim grid to compete in race one of the Formula Renault Northern European Cup. Mikko Pakari led the way taking an outstanding second place, followed by Matt Parry in fourth, Jack Aitken in fifth, Shahaan Engineer seventh, Ed Jones fourteenth, Roman Beregech seventeenth, Philo Armand 22nd, Jake Dennis 24th and Ryan Tveter 30th, whilst Alfonso Celis retired after seven laps.
Mikko Pakari and Edward Jones took to the circuit this weekend to add to their testing in preparation for the 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. Dubai based Jones finished in a respectable fourteenth place, whilst Finnish driver Pakari took a fantastic podium position in second place.
Finishing closely behind Pakari, in fourth place, was pole sitter Matt Parry. Making a textbook start from pole position Parry comfortably lead away the packed 38-car grid. Pulling out a steady lead in the first few laps Parry looked to have the race sewn up. However bad luck struck as Parry’s gear sector failed, leaving him with the wrong gears on the wrong parts of the track, resulting in his lap times falling.
2012 NEC champion Jake Dennis, who also joined the team in preparation for his 2013 Eurocup campaign, was soon creeping behind Parry but failed to pass cleanly, leaving Dennis off track and slipping down the grid to cross the line in 24th.
Defending well Parry took the chequered flag in fourth, with his Fortec team-mates Jack Aitkin just behind in fifth and Dubai resident Shanaan Engineer in seventh. Russian driver Roman Beregech made up nineteen places on the grid to finish in seventeenth place after starting in 36th.
Eighteen-year-old Ryan Tveter took the chequered flag in 30th. Team-mate Alfonso Celis was forced to retire from the race with broken suspension, after a collision with Josef Kaufmann Racing’s Dennis Olsen.
Jack Aitken commented: “It was my first NEC race and I made some mistakes but I’m really happy with fifth and a good points haul. There are two more races tomorrow to show what I can do!”
Happy with his results Parry commented: “’What a shame. I really was on for winning my first ever Formula Renault NEC race. I felt comfortable and had just stopped looking in my mirrors such was my lead and bang – no gears! No worries though, pole tomorrow and hopefully I won’t suffer any more technical issues I’m still delighted to bring it home in fourth minus the gears!”