IAME Euro Series - Winter Cup 2019 - Valencia Feb 7-10, 2019

Posted on 20th March, 2019

In practice, although Roy was on the pace which he had shown in Winter Training Camp, it was tricky to match the slipstream speed of the Fusion team who were running in a freight train. Qualifying began badly when Roy’s motor did not fire up, necessitating a panic change of spark plug on the preā€‘grid. Although he got up to speed quickly, he received a black & orange flag when the chain guard fell off, presumably the mounting had not been tightened enough. That limited his qualifying to 3 laps, leaving him down in 14th for all three preliminary races.

 

In Heat 1, starting on the outside saw Roy losing a few places in the first turn. He recovered well and was up to 9th on the 5th lap, but lost a couple of places after an ambitious overtaking move on the final lap: however, other drivers’ penalties promoted Roy back up to a promising 9th place. The start of Heat 2 was also tricky from 14th on the grid; after dropping a couple of places Roy started climbing up the order, but a dubious move from another driver took them both wide and let other drivers past. That left him down in 16th across the line, improving to 14th after penalties. Heat 3 produced more misfortune, after Roy had made a good start an accident between two other drivers led to a red flag and a restart. After the restart there was another accident provoking a slow phase under full course yellow. As the field came round to complete the lap a group of drivers ignored the yellow flags and went barrelling past Roy and some others. The resultant confusion left Roy 23rd across the line, where he finished after being erroneously given the same penalty as those who had overtaken.

 

The Pre-Final again saw Roy in the familiar grid position of 14th after the Heat results. He made a good start, but was pushed into a spin on lap 2 and lost 6 places. He battled his way back to cross the line in 14th, yet again his grid position for the Final. Roy started the Final well and gained a place, then in lap 2 got taken wide and lost 3 places. He took back 2, and went for another overtake as he crossed the line to finish lap 4. Unfortunately the other driver steered into him at full speed, and forced Roy onto the grass at 100km/h, in plain sight of the main stand and the stewards. The other driver got a penalty, but it cost Roy 3 places. Again he battled his way back, and after the penalised other driver took himself out with another driver on the last lap, Roy finished 15th on the line.

 

Results: IAME Euro Series - Winter Cup 2019 - Valencia Feb 7-10, 2019

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