Zaamin Jaffer took a superb double class podium on his debut in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup at Zandvoort last weekend, the Protyre Formula Renault BARC regular seizing the chance to gain additional experience during the series' summer break.
The 21 year old, competing in only his first season of Formula Renault, headed to the Netherlands with his Hillspeed team-mates Howard Fuller and Sean Walkinshaw to compete on the prestigious Dutch circuit, on the support package of the annual RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 event.
He instantly set the pace in his class during opening practice, before just missing out on pole position by 0.3 seconds in qualifying. The opening race saw him have settle for second in class behind team-mate Fuller, despite being consistently quicker throughout.
Despite being at the wheel of his previous generation FR 2.0 car, Jaffer was mixing it with a number of NEC series regulars in their more powerful 2011 specification cars during the races, especially the second encounter. A problem in second qualifying saw him start at the back, but a superb run through the race saw him climb into the top eighteen on the opening lap, before he progressed to take fourteenth overall and second in class once again.
Jaffer commented: “I'm confident I could have won the class in both races. I was consistently quicker than Howard (Fuller) in race one but the smallest of mistakes prevented me from challenging. In the second one, the problem there was the fact I was stuck behind one of the current spec cars while also defending from one of them as well so it took me a lap longer than him to get by.
“As soon as we got past, you could pull two or three seconds clear but they had a big advantage with more power and much better grip from their different tyres. The whole point of doing the weekend was to get some extra experience in race conditions in the Renault and to go up against some of the top European guys. Overall, I'm happy with how everything went and our level of performance.”