On his first visit to a street circuit in his first year of car racing, Alessio Lorandi put in an impressive display to take his first two points finishes of his blossoming career at Pau.
The Italian, driving for Van Amersfoort Racing, was a contender throughout the weekend at the legendary French circuit, qualifying inside the top ten for all three races and taking two well-earned top ten finishes, with his sixth place in race one being complimented by a seventh in race three.
It could have been better for Lorandi however, with a slow getaway in race two costing him the chance of a trio of points finishes, while a slow Jake Dennis compromised him during race three when running fifth. Despite this, the Italian felt like he needed the results in Pau after failing to score points in either of the first two rounds at Silverstone and Hockenheim.
“Let’s say we’re on the good path,” insisted Lorandi. “I kept the pace with the best for the whole weekend, and got two points finishes at my first time on a street circuit. It’s a pity for the stalling engine at the start of race 2, which was my mistake, but what’s important now is to continue and keep the momentum high.
“In race 3 I was starting seventh, but I lost two positions at the start because I’ve been very careful not to make the same error again. Then I passed several cars, I fought hard, and I was running 5th when I was locked to the outside by Dennis at Pont Oscar with two to go and lost two spots. It’s a pity, but it was good anyway.
“After the tough weekends at Hockenheim and Silverstone, I really needed these kind of results”.