Walkinshaw positive after latest test
Formula 3 racing driver Sean Walkinshaw is continuing to build his confidence ahead of the 2014 Euroformula Open season, following two busy days of testing action at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona over the weekend.
Although originally scheduled as the final event of the planned two round Winter Series, following consultation with teams the EuroFormula organisers opted to instead provide two full days of official testing at the Spanish venue – enabling more familiarisation with the new 2014 engine upgrades.
Enjoying an outing free of any major problems, the Chipping Norton racer produced a best lap of 1:41.902 (164.5 km/h) on Friday, 15th March, during the day’s opening session in which he was sixth quickest in his Campos Racing car.
Almost matching that time in the last of Friday’s four outings, the 20-year-old then went on to slice half a second off his day one fastest with a quickest effort of 1:41.446 seconds (165.2 km/h) during the first of Saturday’s quartet of sessions despite working on a variety of set-up changes.
Continuing to try and find a balance he was completely happy with in sessions two and three on day two, Sean then broke back into the 1 minute 41 second bracket during the test’s final run with a time of 1:41.899 (164.5 km/h).
The test was OK, we learnt a lot. – said Sean – It was a battle finding a good balance on the first day for the car, but on the second day we tried a few things and by the end we found a good balance and our pace was a lot better, both on new and old tyres. I’m now looking forward to our next test outing at Spa in a couple of weeks, it’s a track I like and I was pretty strong there last season. Hopefully we can continue to develop so that we are strong for the first race of the season.
While more testing is scheduled over the coming weeks, attention will soon turn to the opening round of the main Euroformula Open championship season which takes place over the weekend 3rd/4th May at the Nürburgring in Germany. From there the series visits Portimão in Portugal and Jerez in Spain in June before heading to the Hungaroring and Silverstone in the UK in July. Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium hosts the sixth event of the campaign in early September, followed by a trip to Monza in Italy. The championship finale, which will take place on 18th/19th October, will see a return to the Circuit de Catalunya.