It was a tale of two very different days for eighteen-year-old Briton Jack Aitken during the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series event at the Hungaroring.
On Saturday, he made a rare error in his Fortec Motorsports machine in qualifying that saw him start right at the back of the field, and he could only climb a few places on a circuit notoriously difficult to overtake on.
On Sunday however, he more than made up for his Saturday error by taking his first pole position and then turning that into his maiden victory, holding off the challenge of team-mate Charles Leclerc throughout.
“It’s difficult to describe the elation for myself and the whole team, after working so hard to get the car right,” said Aitken. “Of course a massive thank you to all the guys for fixing my car after my mistake on Saturday. It doesn’t get much better than pole and the win, we’ll just keep working to make sure we’re back on the podium at Paul Ricard!”
“We struggled in the first half of the season, partly because of our lack of pre-season practice,” added Aitken on his personal website, http://jackaitken.com/. “There was nothing we could do about that, but we expected to come good in the second half of the season. The team has worked really hard to make that happen and now we have our first win.
“We are looking to continue to product strong results at Paul Ricard and Jerez, and have a really strong end to the season. I have to say a huge thank you to all the guys at Fortec for supporting me and giving me a race winner today!”