Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Infinity Shines in Europe

After enjoying success in the British paddocks, we joined our guys as they challenged out in Europe. With poles and podiums left, right and centre it was a thrilling few days…

Formula Renault NEC 

Returning to Monza, we joined Logan and Frank for the second round of NEC this weekend, whilst Max joined the squad to make his series debut alongside Logan with R-ace GP. Running their duel campaigns in both Renault Eurocup and NEC, the boys were ready for action as they took to the infamous temple of speed.

Fresh off the back off a podium finish in Pau, Logan further proved his pace as he traded times with teammates Milesi and Martins, whilst Max also got himself well within the mix as the R-ace GP team dominated the field across practice and qualifying sessions. 

Following his confidence building outing in Pau, where he battled against tricky conditions to seal a strong points finish, Frank was well poised to build on his upwards form. The Tech1 Racing driver improved upon his strong pace in free practice to qualify ahead of his teammate and head the charge from Row 3. 

With both Logan and Max lining up alongside each other on the second row, it was clear we were in for a thrilling race as lights went out for the opening race of the weekend. Under scorching sunshine, Logan made a stellar start, to take advantage of Colombo into the first chicane. His supreme move allowing him to take the inside line, he soon set after the leader Milesi further up the road. Launching full attack, Logan used the slipstream to his advantage to challenge Milesi, driving on the limit the pair went wheel-to-wheel, leaving each other just enough room. Eventually Logan made his move stick and held off any efforts from Milesi to take the place back. 

Meanwhile, both Max and Frank were putting in some powerful performances, making the most of their machinery and talent throughout the frenetic race. We held our breath as Frank relentlessly fought Martins, Milesi and Columbo, his eyes focussed on claiming that final podium spot. Firing on all cylinders, Frank pushed to make a last-lap move at Parabollica to claim 4th place at the line, although narrowly missing out on a podium, he scored his strongest result to date. With Max holding his own to battle to cross the line in 2nd, 

Logan took the flag with a 3.2 seconds lead to take his first win in Formula Renault NEC. Scaling the podium in Frank’s suit, after a mishap involving Logan’s own, we celebrated a fantastic double podium for our Infinity drivers and a well-deserved success for R-ace GP. 

Logan reflected on his success:
 “It was good to get back in the car again after a break. It felt great to win after a tough fight with my teammates in Race 1. It was good to stand on the top step of the podium in Monza! Race 2 was tougher and I feel we had the potential to finish higher than 4th. But this weekend has set me up nicely for the races in Red Bull Ring & Spa coming up”

With incidents littering the second race of the weekend, the boys were unable to repeat their podium success, but all focus moves to adding to their positive results when Formula Renault Eurocup returns on 20-22 July at Red Bull Ring.

With another trophy to his collection, Max reviewed his weekend: “Overall it was a good weekend to blow the cobwebs off and prepare for the next race at Red Bull Ring. We showed we had good pace during the race on Saturday where I finished 2nd. Last year, I won at Red Bull Ring, so I’m really looking forward to going back there this year”.

Reflecting on his best finish to date Frank added: "We had a great weekend at Monza, the pace was really good all weekend and so was the car. It was really good to be fighting right at the sharp end but It’s a shame it didn’t go our way in race 2, but race 1 and Qualy 2 were brilliant and I'll be definitely looking to carry on this form in the next Eurocup weekend at Red Bull Ring!!

Infinity Sports Management Director Gary Catt, credits the drivers after such a strong performance: 

“All the boys did well in Monza. We nearly managed to have a 1-2-3 in the race on Saturday which would’ve been a first for Infinity. But 1st, 2nd and 4th was still a fantastic result though. Frank has come on leaps and bounds and is working hard off the track and is really proving he can mix it with the top drivers at the front now. We are looking forward to the double header coming up at Red Bull Ring & Spa, as it’s an important couple of weekends for Logan & Max, some good results will put them right in the mix in the championship for the last few races”

The third stop of the GP3 season saw the grid visit the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Struggling with tyre grip in qualifying, Infinity driver David Beckmann starting from 14th place on the grid, looked to advance in the race. In a frenetic weekend in the GP3 championship, David battled through the field, pulling off some brilliant moves to finish P8 in Race 1. His valiant efforts claimed reverse grid pole for Race 2, but in an unfortunate first corner tangle in the race, forced him to retire. 

Following a strong performance in Race 1, David heads to Silverstone this weekend, where we’re sure he’ll bounce back from his disappointment to challenge for a podium soon enough.

"I really like the track at Silverstone, it is technically very demanding. Last year my team scored a great podium, so we of course want to continue that again this year. I am sure that my first GP3 podium is just a matter of time.” Commented Beckmann

A special mention for the ‘King of the Hills’
Barely able to catch his breath after enjoying his maiden pole-to-victory performance in Paul Ricard, Infinity Sport Management Alumni George Russell was back in action for the 6th round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship. Taking to the Styrian hills, the championship hit the Red Bull Ring, where George looked to narrow his championship gap to leader Lando Norris. In a sensational qualifying lap on Friday afternoon, George set his weekend up in style, taking his second pole position in succession. With clutch problems being a contentious issue in F2 this year, the decision was made to start the races with a rolling start, but this didn’t unnerve the British driver as he took the advantage into turn 1. Managing his race and pitstop perfectly, George ran a smooth and faultless performance to take his second lights-to-flag victory of the season. Storming from P7 on the grid for the Sprint Race on Sunday morning, George further added to his success with a strong run to finish in P2. 

With points gained in Austria, George claimed the top spot in the championship standings, leading by 10 points over rival Lando Norris. 

With excitement hitting fever pitch, the championship returns to the ‘Home of British Motorsport’ this weekend, we look forward to watching as George shines in front on the home crowds at Silverstone.