MEDIA RELEASE/Oscar Piastri – Photo: supplied
Australian racer Oscar Piastri had a perfect Formula Renault Eurocup weekend as he took a clean sweep of two pole positions and two race wins at the Nürburgring.
The R-ace GP driver had to work hard for his victory in race one, but once he got back in front of the second contest, he produced a dominant drive to open a 40-point lead in the championship standings.
Oscar laid down a marker early on Saturday, becoming the only driver to record a qualifying lap inside the 1m 55s bracket, though he failed to convert that at the start of race one, falling behind Patrik Pasma after a wheel-to-wheel battle through the first few corners.
After a Safety Car period, the Melbournian stuck with Pasma, keeping the pressure on as he looked for a way past all over the 5.148km circuit. Trying the inside line into turn one without success, Oscar then went the long way around and toughed it out to snatch the lead late on, quickly opening up a 2.7s lead to take his fourth win of the year.
With another stunning qualifying effort on Sunday, he took pole position by a remarkable 0.753s. However, as the lights went out for race two, Alex Quinn pulled alongside into turn one. This time though Oscar wouldn’t relent and stuck it out to hold the lead through turn three.
From there the 18-year old would not look back, driving away from the rest of the field and crossing the line an astonishing 14.8s ahead of his rivals for his fifth win in just 12 races so far this season.
Holding the advantage in the Drivers’ Championship, Oscar heads to Hungary for two more races next weekend (September 6 – 8) around the tight and twisty Hungaroring where he will continue his push for the title.
“The car was pretty spot on all weekend: the guys at R-ace GP did a fantastic job. I don’t really know where the extra pace over everyone else came from, to be honest.
“Getting off the line in both races I had wheelspin. The initial launch was pretty good I thought but in the second phase I had wheelspin and it was pretty much game over for that.
“I’ve raced Patrik in F4 and I know some of his traits when it comes to defending so I knew it was going to be pretty difficult to get past him. I tried a few little looks here and there and one move up the inside at turn one and it didn’t quite work out.
“I got a lot closer on the straight a bit later on and he defended the inside. I was trying to set it up for a few corners later, to be honest, but when I saw I had a bit more track to play with I thought I would let off the brake and see what happened and it turned out it worked.
“The move on Alex in race two was pretty much the same. He was my team-mate in F4, so I’ve raced him quite a lot. I knew he hadn’t raced for a year and a bit, so his race craft was going to be a little bit rusty, so I tried the outside and it turns out it worked again.
“There’s a quick turnaround now and we get back on track in Hungary where I’ll be trying to build on this advantage in the championship. I went well there in the rain last year so I’m hopeful for a good result.”
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