02 Jun Parry storms Silverstone
1st-2nd June 2013, Silverstone – The Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup hit the UK for the first time this weekend, at Fortec Motorsports home circuit of Silverstone. It was an almost perfect weekend for Fortec’s Matt Parry, who took two race wins from starting second on the grid. Team-mate Jack Aitken took two second places from pole, whilst Roman Beregech and Alfonso Celis took top ten finishes. Ryan Tveter, Philo Armand and Corinna Kamper all took home some credible results.
Race one of the maiden UK outing for the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC saw Aitken start from pole. Parry was just behind his team-mate on the grid in second and as the lights went out both made a good getaway into turn one. Despite a strong start by Aitken, Parry was close on his tail and as the pair stormed into turns three and four Aitken made a small driving error, compromising his lead as the gap between the fighting pair decreased.
As the battle continued both drivers powered on to Stowe, Parry took advantage of the extra track on offer and overtook Aitken for first. Behind, a safety car had been called out after an incident involving Kamper saw the cars left in a dangerous position and needing to be recovered. The order then remained unchanged as the safety car stayed out for almost half the race. With just 15- minutes left on the clock Parry maintained his lead, crossing the line in first with Aitken just behind in second.
For the rest of the team it was a solid race with Celis crossing the line in fifth, ahead of Beregech in second. Team-mate Armand took fifteenth whilst Tveter finished nineteenth. Kamper unfortunately did not finish the race after the incident at the start.
The second race of the day again saw Aitken start from pole with Parry once again in second. As the flag was waved Parry had a great start and as Aitken lost momentum off the line Parry got through to take the lead by turn one. Despite slipping into second Aitken kept his pace and was increasing his lap times, rapidly catching Parry.
Behind, another battle was ensuing as Cellis was pushing to take seventh from Moreno (JTR Racing). Celis was to get the better of Moreno and jump into seventh, only to slip back into eighth as Moreno overtook with just two minutes left on the clock.
Back up front Aitken remained on Parry’s tail but the pair fought cleanly, seeing Parry take his second win of the weekend with Aitken second. Beregech was next over the line closely followed by Celis who had taken seventh once more from Moreno. Team-mate Tveter finished ninth whilst Philo Armand finished fifteenth and Kamper eighteenth.
Commenting on his race weekend Parry said:
“Race one was great but race two I really had to pressure on me from Jack! I thought if I make one mistake Jack will get passed so was concentrating on that. I thought maybe I would pull away as I thought Jack would make a mistake but to be fair to him he didn’t he drove great. I was just trying to not make any mistakes and we were able to cross the line in first – much to my relief!
I had a fantastic weekend and want to say a massive thank you to Fortec. My last race in Pau was a very difficult weekend for us and as a team I think it was great we came this weekend to show out true capability. I owe a massive thanks to the team as I do Caterham.”
“I had two poor starts and I know it’s something I need to work on – it’s happened before in the first few rounds but I can work from it. I was able to keep with Matt and had the pace – I was just waiting from him to make a mistake but unfortunately for me he didn’t! I’m really happy with the second race as I didn’t make as many mistakes as yesterday, I’m feeling confident that by the end of the year we’ll have a couple of wins in the bag.”