High and low for Tech 1 at Motorland
Tech 1 Racing’s four drivers Dorian Boccolacci, Gabriel Aubry, Hugo de Sadeleer and Sacha Fenestraz were in action at the first round of the 2016 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship at Motorland Aragon. The Toulouse-based team left Spain with a top-3 finish scored in front of 51 000 spectators. Overall it was encouraged by its performances in view of the rest of the season.
After several winter test sessions Simon Abadie and his men went to Spain to get their 2016 campaign off to a perfect start. In Friday’s practice Boccolacci finished in the top 5 twice, while de Sadeleer and Fenestraz almost broke into the top 10 in which Aubry was a regular finisher.
Boccolacci improved in qualifying and set the second-quickest time in Group B emulated by Aubry in Group A. De Sadeleer just failed to break into the top 5 while Fenestraz made it into the top 10 despite an engine problem. But Lady Luck didn’t smile on the team in the race. Boccolacci and Aubry were battling for a place in the top 3 until mechanical problems intervened. The latter managed to bag a point, but the former had to retire like Fenestraz on lap 1. De Sadeleer was also unlucky as he was the collateral victim of an accident and was unable to take part in the second heat of the day.
In race 2 in which grid positions were awarded according to the second-fastest times in Q1, Boccolacci took his revenge by finishing second thanks to an aggressive drive from start to finish. Although caught out by the rain Aubry broke his duck, and Fenestraz moved up several positions even if a coming-together on the last lap cost him two penalty places for the weekend’s final heat.
On Sunday, Boccolacci continued in the same vein with another second-quickest time in qualifying, but finished outside the top three in the race even though he tried everything he could to find an opening and overtake the cars in front. While his team-mates failed to shine in the morning Aubry snatched the final point on offer thanks to a sterling defence at the end of the race. Fenestraz again displayed his talent with his all-out attacking style as did de Sadeleer but neither scored points.
After the first round Boccalacci, fourth in the championship ratings is the best placed of the Tech 1 Racing drivers, while the team is also lying fourth in the teams’ classification.
The next round of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 will be held in Monaco (27-29 May). In the meantime Tech 1 Racing will be in action in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC at Monza (23-24 April) and Silverstone (14-15 May).