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Challenging Weekend For Aitken And Fortec Motorsports In Spain - Eurocup Fr 2.0
Posted by: newsla on Apr 30, 2014 - 06:45 AM
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Challenging Weekend For Aitken And Fortec Motorsports In Spain - Eurocup Fr 2.0


The 2014 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season opener was unusually difficult for Jack Aitken and his Fortec Motorsports team. With its trio of drivers on the back foot from first practice, the multiple championship winning team left Spain last weekend feeling disappointed and perplexed by its results.

 

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Season ten of the World Series by Renault commenced at the circuit near Alcañiz on 25 – 27 April with 50,000 spectators in attendance. The Ciudad del Motor de Aragón, also known as Motorland Aragón, is a 5.344 km (3.321 mi) circuit designed by Hermann Tilke, the German architect responsible for many tracks on the Formula 1™ calendar. It covers an undulating area of 1,320m² and has a main straight 1,726m long, which makes it an international benchmark for holding aerodynamic tests.

18 year old Jack Aitken took to the asphalt for the first of two practice sessions on Friday morning. All three Fortec drivers experienced some difficulty with car set-up and handling, and were unable to extract competitive pace from their 210 brake horse power, Tatuus chargers. This resulted in a lacklustre place in the middle of the field for both Jack and his team mate, a pre-season favourite, Matt Parry.

The problems continued into Saturday, ultimately resulting in a disappointing P19 for Jack in race one. Despite working overnight to find a solution, Sunday morning saw all three Fortec cars qualifying closely together, unfortunately in P17, P18 and P19.

From that position the second race itself was likely to prove a gruelling test of character for all three Fortec drivers. Being in the middle of the field is always a lottery, and so it was, first for Matt Parry who was taken out at Turn 3. Jack made a good start, making up several places on the first lap, however, another overtaking move at the end of that lap resulted in contact with another car and a broken wing. Following a trip to the Fortec pits for a replacement Jack was then a lap down however, with only minutes on the clock, he sensibly used the remaining time to collect valuable data for the team to assess and reflect upon back at its base in Daventry, UK.

Jack Aitken said, “It was a challenging weekend for all of us in the team, with really unexpected results. We struggled to find the correct set-up and were unable to get to grips with the issues all weekend. All three of us – Matt, Martin and myself - qualified way lower than expected and we were on the back foot from the word go. But the weekend will toughen us up; we shall go away and learn from it. I have great confidence in the team and that we shall find out exactly what our problems were before the next round in a few weeks in Spa.”

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