TEAM NEWS: Ultimate Claim Best Ever Race Finish on Euroseries Debut
TEAM NEWS: Ultimate Motorsport and Mygale made a stunning F3 Euroseries debut when they claimed a 5th place finish in the Formual One support race at Magnys-Cours.
The new team have become regular points scorers in the Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International series already this season and passed another significant landmark as they joined the Euroseries field and scored their best ever race finish in any event.
Team owner Barry Walsh said: "What we have done at Magny-Cours this weekend has been quite an achievement, and that has been acknowledged by many of the teams we have been competing against.
"When we arrived I think some people thought it could be a disaster but we always knew the competitiveness of the British series would prepare us well for this event and I think a lot of people have been quite impressed."
The team's two drivers overcame a lack of preparation time prior to qualifying, which put them 20th and 21st on the grid, to claim a double finish in the first race with Argentine Esteban Guerrieri 15th and Irishman Michael Devaney 18th.
Devaney was forced to start from the back of the grid for race two after an engine change but Guerrieri started 11th and climbed to eighth after a stunning start then benefited from a collision ahead to claim fifth, with Devaney in 16th.
Team manager Jonny Ostrowski said: "We came here just one week after scoring our best result, at Monza, in the British series and topped that again this weekend racing in the Euroseries, proving that the two are closely matched.
"We had no running before qualifying and that proved quite a challenge, especially as we had to modify the car's set-up to change from Avon tyres to the Kumho tyres used in the Euroseries.
"We occupied the last two places for most of the session but at the end we managed to get into 20th and 21st, which was a good effort – and we were only 1.6 seconds off pole so the positions did not quite reflect our performance.
"In the first race, Esteban had a good start and he was running as high as 14th at one point, eventually finishing 15th so that was a good effort. Mick was not as quick off the line and he was caught behind traffic for much of the race.
"Unfortunately Mick had to have an engine change for race two and that gave him a 10-position penalty, putting him at the back of the grid - but on the flip side we gained from rivals' yellow flag infringements and Esteban started 11th.
"There was a bit of drizzle on the track at the start of race two - two guys spun off on the way to the grid - but those are the best conditions for us and Esteban had a great race to get a result that was great for the team."
Guerrieri said: "We had a hard start with quali because I had a problem with the downshift and it could have been a lot better. The first race I had a good start and we had reasonable pace but it was a pretty uneventful race.
"We saved the best tyres for the second race and we managed to progress with the set-up so the car was even better. The new tyres helped a lot and the conditions played to our advantage so I made it up to eighth at the start.
"I moved to seventh in the first lap then I was following the leaders and two guys touched each other in front of me so I was fifth. We had good pace and I just set a rhythm to get to the end. It was a great result for the whole team!"
Devaney said: "In quali we went ok but there was a lot of learning to do in a short time. I got a crap start for race one and lost a few places - which is rare for us! Then I got stuck behind a train and that was that.
"In the second race I managed to get a better start and took a few places off the line. The car was better and I was up to 16th but when you get there it is all pretty tight and I got stuck again so had to settle for that."