World Series Formula Renault 3.5 Silverstone: Nelson Panciatici close to the podium

Published on September 24th, 2010

Junior Lotus Racing enjoyed a good first race of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series weekend at Silverstone, with Nelson Panciatici claiming fourth place and Daniil Move finishing in 9th position.

Frenchman Panciatici took ninth place on the grid, but he leapt to sixth at the start, then moved up to fourth just before half-distance. Unfortunately he was not able to hold off a challenge from behind at two-thirds distance, but after that he kept pace well to a strong finish in fourth.

Team manager Peter Crolla said: “We suffered a little bit in qualifying with the traffic. If Nelson had put his best sector times together he would have been fourth instead of ninth. But he made a very good start. Nelson was fully in control and it was unfortunate that he lost a place later in the race. It was fantastic to take points away from the race with both cars today, we’re very pleased with that and hope for a repeat tomorrow.”

Frenchman Panciatici followed up his excellent fourth position from the Saturday race with ninth place on Sunday.

Panciatici started the race from 11th place on the grid and moved into the top 10 during some hectic battling on the first two laps!

His mandatory pit-stop was executed perfectly, and Panciatici quickly began to make headway on the cars in front by setting some very competitive times.

Team manager Peter Crolla said: “To take some points away from both races was our main goal so we were pleased to achieve that. We did not have quite as successful a qualifying session as we had yesterday. We had to second-guess the weather as it looked as though it might rain. We possibly went little earlier on new tyres than the peak time for running them, but we wanted to get the guys out there in case the weather deteriorated. It was quite a competitive and close top 10, and Nelson found himself following that tight pack. His race pace was very good and the car was strong.”

Junior Lotus Racing now looks forward to the final race weekend of the season at

Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on October 9/10. It will be the first anniversary of the team’s birth as Mofaz Racing, at the 2009 series finale at Motorland Aragon.

“We’ll be going back to Spain a year down the line from where we started” said Crolla. “We’ve had a very good team performance at Silverstone and everyone worked hard, so we’re looking forward to a good weekend at a circuit where both guys were very strong in testing at the start of the year.”

words & pix: Junior Lotus Racing

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