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23.03.2016

First podium of the season for Birel ART

First podium of the season for Birel ART

In the OKJ Final, De Pauw dropped several places down to 13th, avoiding an incident ahead of him on lap 4. He then fought his way up through the field to take the chequered flag in third spot in his RY30S8, thus securing his first podium of the season.
The weekend got off to a good start, with fourth fastest time in qualifying. The Heats were difficult because we lacked a bit of speed, but we worked hard and found some better solutions. In the Final, I was 13th on lap 4 but finished third! It was an incredible race, so thank you to Birel ART and IAME for all their hard work” commented De Pauw
 
Top 6 for Caio Collet. On his debut at the Sarno circuit, the Brazilian was very competitive in the Final: fifth at the start, he moved up the order so that by half-distance he was in the fight for a podium place. Caio finished sixth, less than 6 tenths off the podium.
Up until the Final, the weekend went very well. We were very competitive and were always fighting for a top three place. After a good start from fifth in the Final, I managed to get in the fight for the lead and my pace was good. Unfortunately, as I tried an overtaking move, I made a small mistake and dropped down to sixth. I am a bit disappointed with the final result, but I’m happy that I ran at a competitive pace. Let’s hope we can get a better result at La Conca” said Collet
 
Martijn van Leeuwen started fourth in the Prefinal, but his chances of fighting at the head of the field evaporated at the first corner when he was involved in a collision which dropped him to 15th. He managed a few passing moves to end up 11th. In the Final, thanks to an excellent race pace, Van Leeuwen climbed up to fifth, setting the second fastest race lap on the way. 
Martijn van Leeuwen: “It was a weekend of highs and lows. I was unlucky in qualifying and ended up ninth, so we had to work hard to get a good starting position in the final stages. After the accident in the Prefinal, we had to rethink our climb up the order and targeting the podium was much harder. We had the speed to win, but it wasn’t on. I’m going to La Conca in a positive frame of mind, with the aim of fighting for the podium and looking for a win.” 
 
23rd on the pre-grid in the Prefinal, Lucas dropped to 27th at the start, but with some passing moves he managed to cross the finish line in 19th place. From Row 10 in the Final, the Swiss got a good start, which saw him make up four places on the opening lap. He had an excellent race pace, which saw him continue moving through the field all the way to 11th
In Qualifying, we had the speed to be in the top 5, but on my quick lap I had to pass two drivers and ended up 13th. In the Heats we struggled, but recovered in the end. In the Prefinal, I had a technical problem on the formation lap and had to come back from behind to finish 19th. In the Final I got a good start and finished 11th. It was a good result given all the difficulties we had. I am proud of the work we did this weekend” commented Légeret. 
 
It was an unlucky weekend in KZ for Jordon Lennox-Lamb, who had to retire on lap 13 in the Final with a technical problem while lying eighth. Lennox had been competitive in the Prefinal: starting from row 5, the Englishman made up four places at the start and was running at the same pace as the leaders, to finish sixth. 
Luck wasn’t with us” commented Lennox-Lamb. “We couldn’t finish the Final because of a technical problem. It’s a shame because the pace was very good and we were very quick. The rain on the opening days affected our testing, but on the last two days we improved a lot. I’m optimistic about the rest of the season because we’ll have more time to prepare properly.” 
 
Gianluca Beggio, Technical Director: “I’m pleased with Ulysse De Pauw’s podium, even if we could have fought for an even better result, if you look at the great potential seen in qualifying and the Heats. 
It was a shame Collet had a collision in the Final, because he had a very competitive weekend, finishing third overall in Qualifying and he was always a front runner in the Heats and Prefinal. 
In the OK Heats, Van Leeuwen proved to be one of the fastest drivers on track, moving up the order to get back in the fight with the front runners. Unfortunately a collision at the first corner in the Prefinal made life more difficult in the Final, where he had the pace to get on the podium and fight for the lead. 
Légeret had another very competitive weekend, fighting his way up to 11th in the Final. Lucas is the youngest driver in OK, but he proved again that he has the potential to be a contender. 
Jordon’s problem in the KZ Final compromised his race: it’s a shame because he was very quick and could have finished in the top five. 
In general, it was a very competitive weekend, especially in OKJ and OK. In KZ, we made a significant step forward compared to the first two races. I am very optimistic for the coming rounds because we have the potential to make another step forward and go for the win.”
 
 
To download the press release in English click here: First podium of the season for Birel ART
 
Per scaricare il comunicato in italiano clicca qui: Primo podio stagionale per Birel ART

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