Racing Engineering

30/06/19 NWES MOST

An excellent third position for Romain Iannetta and Racing Engineering today at Most.

The grids for today’s Elite 1 and 2 races were decided by the driver’s fastest lap in yesterday’s races so, for the fourteen lap Elite 2 race, Myatt Snider and Eric Clement lined up in tenth and seventeenth places respectively. The weather continued to be very hot as the Racing Engineering cars took the rolling start and Myatt made a great start, avoiding a pair of spinning cars to lie sixth and further back Eric similarly was flying as he moved up to thirteenth. Myatt was now chasing the car of Risitano with Hemborg right behind him, but he soon began to pull away from the Swedish driver although he could not close the gap to the car ahead. Eric dropped two places on the third lap regaining one of them on lap four to lie fourteenth but on lap six he fell to eighteenth before regaining another position two laps later. Lap nine saw Myatt take fifth place when he passed Doubek, but he was now having a lonely race seven seconds behind Risitano and six seconds ahead of Hemborg. Eric was given a drive-through penalty for making contact with another car although he retained seventeenth position. Myatt took the chequered flag in fifth position while Eric was eighteenth.
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For the Elite 1 seventeen-lap race Romain Iannetta and Ander Vilariño were ninth and thirteenth in their Racing Engineering Ford Mustangs and as the race got underway from the rolling-start they got away without incident and both men were able to gain a position on the opening lap. As they started lap two Romain was trying to pass Graff and he quickly passed the Swedish driver and with another driver leaving the track he was up to sixth while Ander was still lying twelfth. Lap four and Romain passed Lasserre to take fifth and he then closed in on Doubek and on the following lap he passed the Hendriks Motorsport car to be an excellent fourth. He now began a tense battle with Doubek who was trying to repass and on lap eight he pushed Romain back to fifth and the Racing Engineering driver was also having to be careful as he had Lasserre on his rear bumper.
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Ander had gained a place to eleventh and he was now involved in a big group of cars from Romain in fifth to Tineo Arrovo in twelfth, the Spanish driver moved up to tenth on lap eleven but on lap twelve he lost two places to fall back to twelfth. Romain was back to fourth on lap thirteen as Doubek ran wide and on the following lap he closed in on Rocca who had slowed with a mechanical problem and with two laps to go the Racing Engineering driver was in third. Ander had now recovered to ninth which was his final position at the chequered flag.

What had started out as a difficult weekend for the Racing Engineering team finished on a high with an excellent third for Romain today showed that the hard work by the entire team had paid off. The next round of the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series will be in two weeks’ time at the Raceway Venray oval circuit.
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Team Comments:

Alan Queille - Technical Director: "We had a tough weekend here at Most. Like the two previous events, we struggled to find the performance. It’s still a good thing to finish with Romain on the podium, he once again showed how good he is on the defence, overtook cars and protected his position well. We tried different solutions today and hope to further improve in order to obtain better positions with both drivers in both cars during the next race weekend in Venray, which will be the first time for us to race at an oval."

Ander Vilariño: “Two tough races. Finishing 10th yesterday and 9th today are not the results we wanted, but it’s what we got. We tried many things during the weekend, and it was tough to adapt to the car in each session. I have done what I could. Congratulations to Romain, he has done a fantastic race today to finish in third. Let’s try to improve in the next ones.”

Romain Iannetta: "This was a very, very good race with good performance and consistency. We started 9th and I worked my way up to 3rd. I am very happy with this and would like to thank the team for the work done. Eric went off during his race, so there was quite some work on the car to be done. Everyone’s morale went up a bit with what we achieved and I am very happy about that.”

Myatt Snider: "We had a really good car today. I am really proud of all the Racing Engineering guys for making good changes over night and getting this car to where it needs to be. We finished 5th. I just think we had a really good ford Performance Mustang, finished in the top 5, which feels a little bit like a victory this weekend considering what we struggled with. It ended up a pretty good finish."
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