British race ace Will Stevens leaves France consolidating fourth place in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship despite a tricky race two in trying conditions at the challenging Paul Ricard HTTT circuit in France on Sunday.
Although individual sector times in the wet 15 minute qualifying session showed great pace for the 20 year-old, Stevens was unable to string together the perfect lap in the tricky conditions, winding up seventh in his group.
Starting the race from row seven, Stevens made a great getaway to pass two cars on the opening lap. Thereafter, the BRDC Rising Star struggled to move up the order on a track on which it is notoriously difficult to overtake, particularly in the fiercely competitive single-seater formula. At the flag, the former multiple karting champion crossed the line in 13th place, but remains fourth in the championship standings.
Stevens commented; “It was a bit disappointing to start so far down the grid after the great pace we had on Saturday and qualifying second. Our sector times were good, but in the limited time on the new tyres particularly in the tricky conditions, we just couldn’t put it all together.
“In the race I made a good start and made up two places into the first corner. But it’s pretty hard to overtake here and I just didn’t have the pace in the later stages of the race. We’re not really sure why so between now and the next two rounds, we’ll need to look into that. It was a difficult way to end the weekend after the strong start we had but I’m fourth in the championship, and still able to get third, which will be the aim in the final rounds in Spain.”
Will returns to the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship in the final double-header rounds at Catalunya over the weekend of 8/9 October.