Arden Motorsport’s late-season form in the Formula Renault Eurocup continued after another podium and points for all three drivers on a positive weekend [31 Oct – 01 Nov] at Autodromo Imola, Italy.
The Banbury-based team returned to Emilia-Romagna buoyed by a recent victory and podium hat-trick at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps, and looking to build on a strong set of results at the high-speed, 3.13-mile Imola circuit earlier in 2020.
Alex Quinn starred once again, converting a front-row start into a second-placed finish, and another Rookie victory, whilst Reshad De Gerus and Ugo de Wilde made it a hat-trick of points finishes in seventh and ninth respectively, a career-best result for the former.
The final race in the build up to the Formula 1 ® Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday morning delivered a thrilling battle over fourth and fifth between de Wilde and Quinn; the Brit eventually made a brave move stick around the outside at Traguardo to lead the duo home.
De Gerus showcased his development yet again and spent the majority of the contest behind Quinn and de Wilde in a superb scrap for sixth.
But for an unlucky moment across the gravel at the second Rivazza late on, it could have been another career-best result, but the Reunionese driver recovered well to secure 12th at the flag.
The net result of all three races has propelled Quinn back into Rookie title contention; he now sits just seven points adrift of chief rival David Vidales, and although Arden remain fifth in the Teams’ Championship, their efforts have now moved them within striking range of third-placed MP Motorsport, as well as nearest rivals JD Motorsport.
It’s another quick-fire turnaround for the team, as the 2020 Formula Renault Eurocup season resumes this weekend at Hockenheimring, Germany, for the penultimate event of the campaign.
Ben Salter, Arden Formula Renault Team Manager said:
“It’s been another positive weekend for the team. Confidence has been high since Spa and, coming back to Imola, we knew we had a good baseline to work from after taking a podium finish here earlier in the season.
“Alex did a sterling job to add to that silverware tally in the opening race, and his strong finish in race two after a brilliant battle with Ugo means he’s moved himself back into the Rookie title fight.
“A solid weekend from Ugo and another career-best result for Reshad also mean we’ve gained plenty of ground in the Teams’ Championship too, so that’s only added to the team’s motivation heading to Hockenheim next weekend.
“A huge thanks as always to the entire team for their hard work and commitment – we’ve been chipping away at our performance all season and it’s nice to see the rewards start to come in for it.”
Alex Quinn (#20) said:
“It’s been another positive weekend and a good points haul for myself, and for the team. It’s great to get on the F1 podium and grab some more trophies.
“We’ve closed in on third in the Drivers’ and Teams’ championships now, so that’s the aim going forward!”
Reshad De Gerus (#21) said:
“It’s been a good weekend overall, with lots of improvement and some really exciting fights during the races.
“A mistake in race two cost me a few places, which was a shame, but now we’ll focus on the next meeting at Hockenheim!”
Ugo de Wilde (#27) said:
“It’s been an up and down weekend! We had good potential but made some mistakes, and had some bad luck with an engine issue in the second qualifying session.
“Regardless, we were in the points twice and took a top-five finish; I gave my all, and I don’t think I could have done a lot better than that. Now it’s time to focus on Hockenheim next weekend!”