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American Ryan Tveter Improves Seven Positions in Sunday's Formula Renault 2.0
Posted by: newsla on Apr 29, 2014 - 06:11 AM
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American Ryan Tveter Improves Seven Positions in Sunday's Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Race


Ryan Tveter of Oyster Bay, N.Y., advanced seven positions to finish 12th after starting 19th in Sunday's ultra-competitive Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup race at Motorland Aragon.

 

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The season-opening doubleheader for this series, considered by many to be the most competitive junior open-wheel series in the world, attracted 31 entrants from 17 countries. Tveter is the sole American competing.

A great start was one of the keys to the 19-year-old rookie's impressive performance in the #16 prepared by Josef Kaufmann Racing and sponsored by the Game Ready Injury Treatment System and Switzerland's Autobau conference center and racing museum.

Tveter had already advanced to 15th position in the 31-car field by the end of the first lap of the 14-lap race. He got around one of his teammates, Gustav Malja, as well as Hans Villemi, Martin Rump and Jack Aitken on that eventful first lap.

He got two more spots to move into 13th position working lap three when the sixth-place driver, Aurelien Panis, and the eighth-place driver, Callan O'Keeffe, made contact. By that point Tveter had gotten into a good rhythm, and he was getting faster every lap. He nabbed 12th place when Egor Orudzhev dropped back working lap eight, and he set his fastest lap of the race on lap nine with a time of 1:57.434 for the 5.344-kilometer road course.

Tveter got one more position working lap 11 when Ignazio D'Agosto fell from tenth to 17th position. On the next lap Tveter made a small mistake going into the hairpin and Malja was able to draw abreast of him on the inside. The pair ran side by side through the corner, but Malja pushed him a bit wide on the exit and he lost positions to Malja, Villemi and Nick Cassidy. That put Tveter in 14th place, but he regained two spots on the last lap when Villemi and Matthew Graham made mistakes in front of him.

Tveter was 2.138 seconds behind the 11th-place driver, Cassidy, at the checkered flag, and 1.532 seconds ahead of the 13th-place driver, Steijn Schothorst.

While the weather was clear for Sunday's race, it drizzled a little during Saturday's season opener so the track was damp for that race. Tveter started 16th but his car suffered front-wing damage in an incident on lap two. Although Tveter persevered and finished the race, the damage affected the car's aero performance and he ended up 23rd. His best lap in that race was lap 12 at 1:57.925.

The length of each race was 25 minutes plus one lap.

"I think few people know just how close the competition is in Formula Renault Eurocup," Tveter said. "The top 20 were separated by half a second this weekend in qualifying. Eurocup is considered the most competitive junior championship in the world, so I feel very satisfied with the progress we made this race weekend. We are getting very close to the front, and I will be working tirelessly over the next few weeks to find that last half second. A big thank you to my team, Josef Kaufmann Racing, and my coaches for all their work and a very positive weekend.”

For more information on Tveter, who is currently on a leave of absence from his engineering studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., see his website at RyanTveter.com. He is also on Facebook at Facebook.com/RyanTveter and he's @RyanTveter on Twitter. He posts on-board video on his YouTube channel too.


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