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April 23, 2017

Difficult second race for Arden FR2.0 Trio

A double non-finish in a frantic second race at Monza blunts Arden progress

Arden Motorsport endured a difficult second race of the season in the Formula Renault Eurocup, as a double non-finish blunted the teams progress in the second race of the weekend at the Autodromo di Monza.

Following on from a solid debut in the FR2.0 Eurocup, the aim was to further build momentum on the debut weekend for Arden Motorsport in the championship.

Qualifying 2A saw Zane Goddard take the 11th fastest time of the session, whilst in Qualifying 2B, Ticktum and Cordeel set the 5th and 13th fastest times respectively.

These results meant that Ticktum would line up 10th on the grid for Race Two, whilst Goddard would start from 20th and Cordeel from 26th on the capactiy tight grid.
At the start of the race, Ticktum was tagged at the first corner and ended up at the back of the field - he would retire from the race with terminal damage to the car, ruining his charge for Rookie honours. Cordeel made up good ground at the start, crossing the line in 20th just ahead of teammate Goddard. An accident at Curva Grande at the start of lap two however eliminated three cars, where Cordeel was once again innocently taken out by the collision ahead - ending his race.

The race was resumed with twelve minutes to go, Goddard the sole remaining Arden was running in 17th position, benefiting from the earlier incident. Goddard went for a move on rival Luis Leeds at Ascari which ended up in contact, demoting both drivers to the back of the field and compounding a challenging afternoon for the team.
Goddard would finish the race in 20th position, after gaining two positions in the closing stages to demonstrate their was still pace in the car despite the earlier contact.

The next round of the Formula Renault Eurocup Championship will take place at Silverstone, UK on the 13-14 May - where the team will be hoping for a strong result on home soil in a few weeks time.

More analysis and feedback from the race to follow soon...

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