04 Aug Podium for O’Keeffe in Assen
Jehan Daruvala made impressive gains during the first race of the weekend at Assen, gaining seven places after starting in eighteenth. Both Callan O’Keeffe and Ferdinand Habsburg made up a place after starting in fifth and fourteenth place. Alex Gill was forced to retire early from the race after qualifying in thirteenth.
Soon after gaining fourth place, O’Keefe closed the gap, joining the front runners all aiming for the podium finish. The first four cars were just 1.2 seconds apart, with O’Keeffe putting pressure on Jorg. Despite this, O’Keefe just missed out on the podium after finishing a close fourth place.
Daruvala went on to finish in eleventh while Habsburg crossed the line in thirteenth.
The second race of the weekend saw O’Keeffe enjoy a podium finish, after continuing to defend his position throughout the race from second place on the grid. Daruvala made yet more progress during the race, gaining three places from tenth while Habsburg also made up three places after qualifying fourteenth.
Gill suffered a second unfortunate early end to the race, having to retire on the formation lap after starting from the back of the grid in twenty-fourth.
Right from lights out to the waving of the chequered flag, O’Keeffe in second alongside Deletraz in first, with Sasahara and Jorg in third and fourth, maintained the order of their starting places. Although no successful attacks or overtaking took place, the four consistently pushed each other throughout.
While O’Keeffe was kept busy chasing the lead and continuing to defend second place, and Habsburg was gaining places, Daruvala was charging ahead. Carrying such speed, Daruvala was not only able to gain numerous places, but also went on to set the fastest lap.
O’Keeffe went on to cross the line in second, resulting in a well-deserved podium finish. Daruvala also gained some silverware and a step on the podium after crossing the line in seventh as the first rookie. Habsburg retained the three places he had taken earlier to finish in eleventh.
Photo Credit – Formula NEC