14 Jul Sirotkin takes podium finish
The World Series by Renault headed to the Nurburgring in Germany last weekend. Russian Sergey Sirotkin took the third step of the podium in race one and just missed out on a second podium finish in race two, crossing the line in fourth. Racing Steps Foundation backed Oliver Rowland finished fourth in race one. Unfortunately the Brit didn’t finish Sunday’s second race after an incident saw him retire on the opening lap.
Saturday’s qualifying session for the first race of the weekend saw strong results, with Rowland lining up second on the grid just ahead of Sirotkin in third.
Despite a slow start British Rowland maintained second position ahead of Roberto Merhi (Zeta Corse), who had made a move to pass Sirotkin. Straight away the leading trio pulled away from the field, while Sirotkin did his best to stay in contact while driving away from Marlon Stockinger (Lotus) in fifth.
Sirotkin closed the gap to Merhi and began to pressure the Spaniard. Keeping on his tail the pair quickly gained pace, overtaking Rowland to hunt down first place. Sirotkin remained on the charge, whilst defending his position from Rowland to cross the line third whilst his teammate finished just behind in forth.
Commenting after the race Sirotkin said: “I am happy to finish third. The race pace was good, but it was hard to pass and I couldn’t find an opening on Roberto and he didn’t make a single mistake.”
Sunday’s second race saw Rowland line up fourth with Sirtokin in seventh. At the start Oscar Tunjo (PONS Racing) missed his braking point and he clipped Rowland, unfortunately sending him and another out of the race.
Following a brief safety car period, (to allow the cars to be cleared off the track) Sirotkin made a good getaway following the leaders and chasing to close the gap. Despite the mandatory tyre changes the top five remained un-changed and Sirotkin took the chequered flag in fourth.
The next round of the Formula Renault 3.5 takes place as part of the World Series by Renault on the 13th and 14th of September at the Hungaroring.