TEAM NEWS: ULTIMATE MOTORSPORT AND MYGALE MAKE HISTORIC DEBUT
TEAM NEWS: ULTIMATE MOTORSPORT MADE A SUCCESSFUL RACE DEBUT AT OULTON PARK AS THEY SECURED TWO TWO-CAR FINISHES IN THE OPENING ROUND OF THE BRITISH FORMULA THREE SEASON.
The team, which was formed six months ago, secured the first ever British F3 finish for French manufacturers Mygale as their two drivers, Argentine Esteban Guerrieri and Irishman Michael Devaney, made a satisfying first showing.
Team Owner Barry Walsh said: "It was great to see our orange and black Mygale cars out there on the grid - and what a start! It has been a challenging weekend and we have ended it with both cars reaching the chequered flag in both races. "We are pleased to have made the next step in our first season in the sport and it was exciting to see Esteban running in the points in race two. It is a shame we could not hold the position, but we have proven that points will come soon."
In the first race, both drivers had strong starts and Guerrieri was up from 16th on the grid to 12th by the end of lap one. Devaney cut through the pack off the line but unfortunately dropped back to 24th after a mid-pack incident at the second corner. Guerrieri ran consistently in 12th for the rest of the race and managed to fend off a strong challenge from Walter Grubmuller despite suffering from an electrical problem which caused his car to cut out when exiting some of the corners.
Devaney tried to drive around a suspension problem but lost several laps in the pits while the team looked over the car. He returned to the track and after avoiding the spinning car of Alastair Jackson, was able to make a double finish for the team.
The second race was re-started twice due to accidents which eliminated some of the cars on the grid.
When it finally got underway Guerrieri, who started 17th, was in 9th , and Devaney, who started from the back, was up to 16th by the end of lap one. Both cars then battled for places in the shortened race and Guerrieri finished a satisfying 11th with Devaney holding on to 16th to the end.
Guerrieri said: "It was a good start to the first race and the pace of the car was feeling okay. Then the safety car came out and we had a problem with the electrics, which cut the engine coming out of the corner.
"We were losing time through that but I managed to keep Grubmuller behind me and was happy to finish the race. We had three starts in the second race, and I improved my performance on each one I think!
"By the time the race got underway properly I was up to ninth and in the points, but at one point at the hairpin at the back the rear tyres locked and I almost went off. I lost control of the rear and lost a place then had dirty rear tyres on the car.
"I oversteered and lost one more place before I got back into a rhythm and finished 11th. We are not on the pace for regular points yet but having a bit of luck and some good starts and maybe yes we can hope for that in the next rounds."
Devaney said: "I overtook six cars off the line at the start of race one so that was pretty exciting, but then there was a bit of a mess at the second corner and all that good work came to nothing when I had to take to the grass to avoid it!
"The car had a suspension problem and I had to back off and we used the race for important testing laps to build up our data. The second race was carnage at the start, cars going everywhere, and we did well to avoid it all.
"My best starts were the two that didn't count, but we made four places up quickly in the one that did. I had a problem with the car touching the ground throughout the race, though, which made things difficult. "Overall I think it was a great effort to get both cars to the finish in both races and we have learned plenty of things this weekend. I am now looking forward to taking these experiences forward to the next race."