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October 22, 2019

Arden aiming to end Formula Renault campaign on a high in Abu Dhabi

Banbury-based outfit on target for the top step in season finale.
Press
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Formula Renault
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October 22, 2019

Arden aiming to end Formula Renault campaign on a high in Abu Dhabi

Banbury-based outfit on target for the top step in season finale.

Arden Motorsport head to Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi this weekend [25-26 October] aiming to round out the 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup season on a high.

It marks the first time the series has headed to the 3.4-mile circuit, famous for hosting the season-ending Formula 1 ® Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and brings another ultra-competitive campaign to a close.

The penultimate event at Hockenheim last time out proved frustrating for the team, with wet-weather denting their chances of victory.

The highlight came in the opening contest, with Patrik Pasma, Frank Bird and Sebastian Fernandez fighting their way through on the team’s optimal dry setup to claim a triple points finish.

A perfect weekend could yet see either Pasma or Fernandez break into the top six overall in the final standings; Bird will also be aiming to make some late progress in the points table with a maximum score of 50 available out in Abu Dhabi.

Every point could be critical in the Teams’ Championship, with Arden hunting down JD Motorsport for third; 11.5 points split the Anglo and Italian outfits, with a comfortable margin back to fifth.

The action kicks off with two free practice sessions at 13:40 and 16:30 respectively on the Thursday, ahead of qualifying and the opening race at 08:30 and 15:00 on Friday.

That format, as usual, repeats on Saturday, with qualifying at 06:00 and the season finale at 10:30 (all BST).

Ben Salter, Arden Formula Renault Team Manager said:
“It’s surreal to think it’s already the end of the season – it’s been challenging, but very rewarding too.

“Abu Dhabi is a brand new circuit for the championship and poses a whole new set of challenges for the team to rise to.

“Hopefully we can end the campaign on a high note – that’s certainly the objective!


Patrik Pasma (#31) said:
“I’m really looking forward to the season finale at Abu Dhabi this weekend. It’s definitely up there as one of my favourite tracks and I’m fully focused on ending the season on a high.”


Frank Bird (#32) said:
“I’m looking forward to Abu Dhabi next weekend. It should be interesting, because the cars and drivers haven’t been there before, so it will be a bit more of a level playing field.

“I’m hopeful we’ll end the season on a high with some good results after all our hard work this year.”


Sebastian Fernandez (#33) said:
“I’m hoping for a strong finish to the season in Abu Dhabi. Our car has been strong in the dry conditions this season, so hopefully we can take full advantage of that on a new circuit for the championship and most of the drivers and be fighting at the very front.

“I’ve had a good year working with everybody at Arden Motorsport – now to end it with some trophies!”

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