Super Sub Alex on the podium in Monza
The Formula Renault Eurocup season got off to a flying start at the Monza race circuit in Italy for Alex Quinn who got a late call by the Arden Motorsport team to stand in for Covid 19 restricted driver, Jackson Walls.
In 2019, Alex fulfilled the role of substitute driver for 3 rounds of the 2019 championship and impressed on his debut in the first round at Nurburgring securing a 2nd place podium finish and a further podium at Barcelona whilst consistently running at the front in all 3 events.
At Monza, performances during the pre-event testing developed over the course of the week. Timed Qualifying was interrupted by a red flag and with just 6 minutes on the clock Quinn on his final lap put in a blistering 1.47.438 to position him on pole position for the first race of the rescheduled season opener.
A good start by Quinn saw him hold onto the lead at Variante del Rettifilo breaking the all important tow until the first of two safety car periods. At the first restart, Quinn pulled away and extended a good gap ahead of the battling drivers behind. However, on the second restart, Colapinto stayed tucked up behind Quinn and overtook Quinn at the Variante del Roggia. Whilst the only British driver in the field tried his best to come back at Colapinto, he had to settle with a second place finish though be crowned winner of the Hankook Trophy for the highest placed rookie.
After a great drive, Alex said:
"This morning, everything went perfectly. We were a bit behind at the beginning of the week, but we bent over backwards to do our qualifying perfectly and then battle for the win this afternoon. The car was great and I worked extremely hard with my engineer and the team, but I couldn’t do very much against Franco’s excellent restart"
Race 2 and Quinn stormed through at the start from his 5th grid position to 3rd but unfortunately he was unceremoniously punted off by another driver (later penalised for causing an accident) with the car hitting the barriers and then hit again by another car causing damage forcing the young British driver into retirement on the first lap of the race.
Despite a DNF, Alex lies 5th in the Championship with just 4 points off 3rd place and he will return for his substitute duties this weekend at the Autodromo Enzo E Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola, Italy where he will be hoping to add to his points and bring home some more silverware.
Reflecting back on the weekend, Alex said:
"It’s been a positive weekend in terms of speed, we’ve found a lot of pace over the time spent at Monza, and of course it was fantastic to get a podium and the Rookie win. It’s a shame about the last race as I was up into third from fifth before being spun around down the straight which caused an unfortunate accident for me and several other drivers.
But plenty of positives, and I’m looking forward to the next event at Imola"
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