The penultimate round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship is over, and with Jean-Eric Vergne finishing 3rd after a problematic pit stop for Carlin and Robert Wickens failing to score after a puncture dropped him well back in the race, there are only two points between the teammates. Wickens is ahead, but only just.
The race was won by Alex Rossi, who had a dramatic change of fortunes from yesterday. A swift and late pit stop saw the AirAsia-sponsored Fortec driver emerge ahead of Daniel Ricciardo who was fending off Vergne. Australian Ricciardo will be missing the final round of the series to compete in Japan with Hispania, so this was his last chance to drive competitively for a while.
American Jake Rosenzweig, who has really improved in the second half of the season, came home fourth just as he did yesterday. Meanwhile, GP3’s Nick Yelloly – who is the first Pons driver in car 18 to compete in more than one race – finished fifth. This time, he was not disqualified. Andre Negrao also had a good race, matching his best result after storming through the field to sixth. Spain’s Albert Costa came seventh to boost him above Kevin Korjus in the championship. In eighth was Italian Daniel Zampieri, ninth Cesar Ramos and tenth Oliver Webb.
In the second weekend of October, the Circuit de Catalunya hosts this series for its final two races. They should be tense, especially in the Carlin camp. Well worth a watch!
Formula Renault UK was back at Rockingham to support the BTCC. Twelve drivers were on track for the series, which saw wins from Oliver Rowland and Alex Lynn. Lynn has dominated the series and with his win today matches the record for most in a season – 11. Not even Lewis Hamilton or Kimi Raikkonen who previously won this series managed as many.
Aussie driver Mitchell Gilbert came second in the first race, with Cypriot Tio Ellinas third. Lynn only came tenth, spinning off track while running in fifth. In the second race, Rowland came second, with Ellinas again third.
Formula Renault UK continues to support the BTCC for the remaining two rounds of the season at Brands Hatch and Silverstone. Whilst previously the series used the entire Silverstone circuit to support Formula Renault, this will only use the ‘national’ layout and the old pit straight.