Strong Showing for Ultimate Motorsport in Overseas Debut
TEAM NEWS: ULTIMATE MOTORSPORT ENJOYED A SUCCESSFUL OVERSEAS DEBUT ON THE STREETS OF BUCHAREST WHEN BOTH DRIVERS SHOWED STUNNING PACE TO FINISH IN THE POINTS IN THE THIRD ROUND OF THE BRITISH F3 INTERNATIONAL SERIES.
Ultimate's Mygale-Mercedes machine was well suited to the narrow street circuit and Irishman Michael Devaney set the fastest lap on his way to a personal best sixth place in the second race after Argentine team-mate Esteban Guerrieri finished eighth in race one.
The team's hard work continued to push them up the grid and after securing their first ever top ten grid positions in qualifying Devaney narrowly failed to claim their maiden podium finish in a frantic end to British F3's first visit to the Romanian capital.
Team owner Barry Walsh said: "We had a strong showing in both races and Michael proved how fast the car was by setting the fastest lap of the race on Sunday – which just shows what progress we have made but also shows what could have been! "We were able to match the pace of the front running teams at times, which was very encouraging considering this was only our third race weekend. And while we are pleased to come away with two points finishes it could have been a lot more. "Both races were interrupted by safety car periods and we lost out because of that, but over all it has been extremely encouraging. After that performance we are looking forward to the next race at Snetterton, where we will have further developments on the car."
Team manager Jonny Ostrowski said: "We came away with an encouraging result after what has been a tough weekend. Esteban's off in qualifying meant there was a lot of work to be done by the guys and the team pulled together really well. "I would like to thank the drivers and the team for all their hard work over the recent weeks and all the effort they have put in to get us to where we are. The team is building in all directions and that down to some excellent team spirit." The strongest showing came in the second race of the weekend with the Ultimate Motorsport drivers running nose-to-tail in fifth and sixth places before the safety car came out as the race came to a close. Both drivers made a determined effort to attack on the restart but were squeezed out in a tight battle in the first corner and Guerrieri touched the wall while Devaney slipped back to sixth place. The Irish driver showed his pace by setting the fastest lap of the race with a one minute and 14.951s effort and said: "The car was really fast and we were definitely on for a podium place so we certainly showed we are moving forward.
"The start was really good, I overtook Marco Asmer at the first corner and passed Esteban a couple of laps later, then I got stuck behind Sebastien Hohenthal. We were much faster but the track was damp off line and it was not possible to find a way around. "The safety car came out and when it went back in it was a bit messy between Hohenthal, Esteban and myself and we went off the track. I hit the back of Hohenthal but made it past but about three cars came up the inside and that dropped us back."
In the first race, Devaney started 10th and would have had a high points finish had he not been delayed when Hohenthal spun in front of him. He continued to finish 16th while Guerrieri had a good race as he moved into the points from 14 th on the grid to eighth.
Guerrieri said: "The start of the first race was a bit confusing because nobody knew it would be a rolling start, but we got away okay and we were running well so it was frustrating not to be able to make more of the pace of the car because of situations in the race.
"The car was great but with more or less two thirds of the race under full course yellow or behind the safety car you cannot do much. Some people fell out in front of us and we made up a few places so it was good to get some more points again.
"My second race was looking really good and we had a nice battle between Michael and myself but it was all a bit of a mess at the restart after the safety car and unfortunately I ran out of track and hit the barriers, which cost me a good points finish."