Great championship start in Barcelona

Following the 2 day test in Barcelona, Alex was straight into round 1 of the championship. Qualifying delivered the first verdict – 2nd fastest.

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Podium race 1. Photo courtesy of Marco Pieri

In race 1 it started drizzling with cars on the grid but it wasn’t wet enough to go to rain tyres. Second into the first corner, Alex put pressure on the leader until he managed to get by and hold the lead until the end, despite the drizzle turning into a steady rain.  In Alex’s words “..the toughest race I’ve had”

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Race 1. Photo courtesy of Marco Pieri

Race 2 started in the wet again, but this time there was no doubt rain tyres were necessary. Alex got a great start and by corner two was in the lead and eventually crossed the finish line with a clear lead of 18 seconds.

Race 3 saw Alex start on pole based on his 2 earlier wins. Again it was in extremely wet conditions. He got lots of wheelspin at the start and was 5th into corner one. He fought back through the field  and finished second, only 1.1 seconds from the leader

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A light moment with car engineer, Giampaolo

Alex leaves Barcelona with the knowledge he has the ability to battle it out for the championship but it will be tough. Every track will be new but he also knows he has a very experienced team behind him that will utilise all of its extensive experience in Formula Renault 2.0 to keep Alex in the fight. – on to Le Mans!

 

 

Barcelona Test

Following Alex’s recent familiarisation test, he has now completed two days of testing at Barcelona in preparation for this weekend’s race meeting.

It was obvious why just a week ago Formula 1 teams were here testing. It’s a very demanding track with many very fast flowing corners that test both driver and car.

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The team was happy with progress and look forward to this weekend’s race meeting. It’s only in races that you can get a true sense of where you stand so it will be very interesting.

 

 

Shakedown with TS Corse

Following a 5 month wait since last year’s final event of the Formula 4 season, Alex returned to the cockpit of a race car in the pre-season shakedown of his Formula Renault 2.0.

It was Alex’s first contact with his new team TS Corse who proved to be a great bunch of guys that are all very motivated to do well.

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The test was conducted in very cold and at times wet weather. Very tricky conditions that helped get Alex quickly back into the groove.

All attention now turns to the 2 day test in Barcelona on the 13th and 14th March, which will provide Alex’s first opportunity to gauge where he stands on pace, quickly followed by by the first race meeting from the 18th to the 20th. This is a new track for Alex so it will be a huge challenge that he and the team are up for!

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