03 Jul Parry claims first Eurocup podium in Moscow
Matt Parry kick-started his 2014 Formula Renault Eurocup campaign with a brace of top four finishes – including a maiden visit to the podium – in round three of the series at Moscow Raceway. Teammates Jack Aitken and Martin Rump also had good results, with Rump taking a top 10 finish in race two and Aitken knocking on the door of the top 10 also in race two.
The first race of the weekend got off to a good start for Parry as the Caterham Racing Academy supported driver took advantage of some scuffling on the opening lap, moving the 20-year old into fourth spot. From then on Parry was able to hold on to his position, trying to close the gap to third-placed Anthoine Hubert. Although fourth spot was already an improvement on the Briton’s previous best result in the series, a jump-start penalty for Hubert made it even better, as Parry was promoted to third position and his first podium of the year.
“I would probably have been happy with fourth, so to make it onto the podium was a bonus,” the Sport Wales ambassador admitted, “I got a great start, and was able to pick up a couple of places at the end of the lap but, after that, it was just a question of keeping my concentration – and position – to the end.”
For Aitken the race was not to go to plan when his car stopped out on track on lap four, seeing him retire and in need of an engine change. After a brief excursion off track team-mate rump finished his race 22nd.
The second race on Sunday saw the Fortec trio all have good starts. Jack Aitken powered off the start line and made up two places to continue his race in twelfth. Parry managed to keep out of a fight at the front of the grid and keep his fourth place off the line whilst Rump also had managed to climb a position.
Parry continued his good pace and crossed the line in fourth with Rump just behind in ninth. An over night engine change for Aitken bought marked improvement and the 18-year-old went on to finish twelfth.
Round four of the 2014 Formula Renault Eurocup takes place at the Nurburgring in Germany over the weekend of 12-13 July.