QUICK QUINN DENIED IN CASTELLETTO
The Rotax Euro Challenge shifted to Italy for the second round of the Junior Rotax Championship at the Castelletto circuit. A steady start to testing saw Alex re-acclimatize himself with the Italian track as the team built up to the all important qualifying on the Friday.
After skirting around the top ten in practice, when the shackles were let loose for qualifying, Alex hit the front placing himself 2nd fastest in his group, bringing the CRG right up to the sharp end and signaling his intent for the remainder of the weekend.
The Cornish star managed to pump in his best lap time on the second tour, whilst his tyres were at the freshest, in an optimal track position to make the most of his qualifying performance.
Once the times were combined at the end of both sessions, the CRG Factory Driver placed 2nd overall, giving him the vital front row starts for his heats on the Saturday.
Heat 1 would see Alex start from 2nd on the grid, whilst in the other two heats he would be starting in, he would go off 'Pole Position'.
Going into the racing on Saturday, the great Italian sunshine returned to the track as Alex and CRG again featured strong in the morning warm up before the serious racing kicked off.
Alex starting on the outside for his first heat in 2nd position, made a stern fight to maintain position through the opening exchanges. After briefly dropping to 3rd, Alex fought back into 2nd position where he solidified at the flag.
The second heat for Alex saw him go off 1st position. Alex made hay at the start and managed the gap to 2nd place throughout the opening laps. After putting in consistent laps throughout the eight lap heat, Alex was never headed and finished the heat with the victory by almost one second from his nearest rival.
Alex's final heat again saw him start from 1st. After again securing the lead in the opening stages, this time however sadly a technical problem would rob Alex of another victory. After the fourth lap, a carburettor issue saw Alex be forced to slow and relinquish positions until he sadly had to retire from the race.
Despite the disappointment of the final heat, in the classifications after the heats Alex was still placed in 9th position on the grid for the Pre-Final. Being on the inside was crucial looking ahead to the Pre-Final where the right hander of turn one would advantage the CRG Young-Gun.
THE BRITON ALEX QUINN HAS BEEN SHINING ONCE AGAIN, CONFIRMING THE SPEED OF THE CRG KT2 CHASSIS - CRG SPA
Despite being denied a certain front row start due to the technical problem, Alex was upbeat going into the finals on the Sunday.
Alex made an explosive start to the Pre-Final, vaulting up through the grid as he reached 5th position after the eighth lap of the race. The remaining laps were about Alex defending his position to the flag as the top 4 had managed to break away as Alex battled through to the leading group. Alex he successfully held on to 5th at the flag, ensuring he again had the inside lane for the final.
The final saw the temperatures of the weekend drop quite substantially as the racing got underway. Alex managed to push through into a podium position, taking 3rd place with a handful of laps remaining. However it became clear the conditions had slightly unfavoured the setup as Alex struggled to gap those in pursuit as the crunch laps came through fast. A hotly contested finish to the race sadly didn't favour Alex, as he was dropped to 6th place at the flag despite his brave comeback from the misfortune of Saturday.
Overall Castelletto was a good weekend for Alex Quinn and CRG, despite the unfortunate technical glitch in the final heat robbing the team and Alex of an almost certain podium. The pace of Alex Quinn, equipped with the CRG KT2 and HRS prepared Rotax Engines demonstrated themselves to be a force in the Rotax Euro Challenge.
Alex maintains 5th position overall in the Junior Rotax Euro Challenge standings, only 11 points off the championship lead despite the challenging start to the season. The team will be buoyed by the Castelletto performance, as CRG and Alex Quinn bid to close that gap in the remainder of the season.
Additionally Alex Quinn Racing would like to welcome onboard the support of Awlwood Joinery as a 'Partner' for the remainder of the 2015 season. As always we thank all our sponsors and partners of Alex Quinn for their fantastic contribution to his racing career.
"IT WAS GREAT TO BE BACK TO WINNING WAYS IN THE RACES, THE FINAL HEAT WAS A SHAME BUT WE FELT VERY GOOD ALL WEEKEND. THE TRACK WAS COLD FOR THE FINAL WHICH WAS DIFFICULT BUT WE ARE STILL 5TH IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. WE ARE CLOSE!"
- ALEX QUINN
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HEAT 1 - 2ND
HEAT 2 - 1ST
HEAT 3 - DNF
PRE-FINAL - 5TH
FINAL - 6TH