Gregor Ramsay shows great pace in Paul Ricard FR2.0 Eurocup

Gregor Ramsay put in his best performance of the season in the ultra-competitive Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at the Paul Ricard circuit in the South of France on a weekend where he could easily have scored his first points in the series.Scotland’s Lotus F1 Team Junior comfortably made the top 10 in his qualifying group in both sessions, and set the fastest overall sector-one time of the whole 27-car field in the second race.Eighteen-year-old series rookie Ramsay was eighth in his group in qualifying for race one, putting him 15th on the grid, and was just four tenths of a second away from a position on the third row of the starting line-up. He made up places at the start, but was taken out by a rival competitor on the first lap.“I was really pleased with qualifying,” said Gregor. “It was my best of the year so far. I knew where I could improve, because I made a mistake on my best lap, otherwise I could have been in the top six or seven. I got a decent start, and a couple of cars came off in the first corner. But then coming into the chicane someone hit the side of me just as I was turning into the corner.”Ramsay went ninth in his group in qualifying for Sunday’s race, despite a technical failure. He started from 16th on the grid, and then shot up to 11th before being shoved wide on the opening lap. That relegated him to 16th again, although he recovered to 14th – his best result in the Eurocup to date.“The crash structure in my steering column collapsed in qualifying,” he said. “I did my first flying lap on my new tyres, and then I was four tenths up on the next lap – it was going to be good for the top six, but I hit a kerb a bit hard in the chicane and that put my steering out by 30 degrees! I made a great start to the race and went from 16th to 11th, but then I got sideswiped, which forced me wide.“Then I was closing on Alexander Albon, my Lotus and KTR team-mate, and I was right on the back of him. I tried to take a bit more speed into Turn 11 on the last lap to set him up for a pass, but I carried a bit too much speed and slid a bit wide. I can’t really complain about 14th place, but really I should have scored my first points, especially as on used tyres I was in the top six all weekend from testing onwards.”Gregor now moves on to Jerez in Spain, on 18th/19th October, for his final race weekend of the season with the Belgian KTR team. “Hopefully this will be a bit better and we can score our first points!” he said.

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