Arden Motorsport’s Formula Renault Eurocup team head to Budapest, Hungary this weekend [6th-7th September] aiming for a repeat of their podium success last time out in memory of colleague Anthoine Hubert.
The Banbury-based outfit claimed a brace of podium finishes in Germany last time out, with Patrik Pasma opening his account after claiming the runner-up spot in the opening contest.
Series rookie Alex Quinn then repeated the feat on Sunday to mark a strong debut, whilst Frank Bird did well to battle back and register another points finish in the Eifel Mountains.
All three drivers will race at the Hungaroring this weekend in tribute to Arden F2 racer Anthoine Hubert following last weekend’s tragic events at Spa-Francorchamps.
The weekend begins with two collective test sessions at 08:00 & 13:20 (BST) respectively, ahead of qualifying (09:00) and the opening race (12:55) on Saturday.
That format repeats the following day, with qualifying at 08:35 and the race at 14:25.
Ben Salter, Arden Formula Renault Team Manager said:
“First and foremost, our thoughts are with the friends and family of Anthoine, as well as our colleagues in the F2 team at this difficult time.
“Nurburgring was our best weekend of the season in terms of race results and we’ve always performed well at Hungaroring in the past – hopefully we can repeat that this weekend and bring home some silverware.”
Patrik Pasma (#31) said:
“It was really upsetting when we heard the news about Anthoine. We had a good weekend at Nurburgring, getting our first podium and showing decent speed through the event. In second qualifying unfortunately we had to start at the back for Race 2 and it was difficult track to overtake.
"I never driven the Hungaroring so it will be good to drive. Of course, we'll try to maximise the points from this weekend."
Frank Bird (#32) said:
“I think we should have a good weekend at the Hungaroring, with the characteristics of the circuit suiting our car. After Nurburgring, the team are feeling confident.
“After last weekend’s tragic news, all of Arden will be racing for our fellow team mate Anthoine.”
Alex Quinn (#33) said:
“The weekend at Nurburgring was a really successful debut for myself in Formula Renault. Our qualifying pace was strong on both days and we managed to find significant improvements each time we went out on track.
“Coming away with a fourth and a second in the races provided the team with some valuable points, which is what I’m concentrating on achieving again for the rest of the season.
“It was extremely sad to hear of the tragic accident at Spa, as Anthoine was a part of Arden it really hit close to home throughout the whole team.”