Cautious Optimism for Jimmy Eriksson in Belgium

Having had his sights set on a podium finish in Budapest it was ended in disappointment as a penalty meant he fell down the order, with the round that drew the first half of the season to a close ultimately leaving a sour taste in the mouth of Jimmy Eriksson and his Koiranen GP team.

The Swedish driver was issued a five-second penalty as a result of leaving the track at turns 6-7 and gaining an advantage over Luca Ghiotto; once the penalty was added to the drivers final time he fell from third place to sixth.

The GP3 circus now moves onto Belgium to contest the famous circuit that is Spa Francorchamps and the Swede is keen to strike back – at a track that is also historically one of his stronger venues.

Talking ahead of the weekend Eriksson commented: “Spa has always been a good place for me, at least in terms of raw pace; I really should have been on pole there last year had I just been allowed to complete my final lap in qualifying, so hopefully we’re in for a good weekend – even though it’s really difficult to make any predictions this year.

“We’ve had some ups and downs this season and we know finding a tyre-friendly set-up is key. I’m cautiously optimistic.”

Eriksson currently sits sixth in the overall standings, trailing Kevin Ceccon by just four points, while championship leader Ghiotto holds a 71 point lead over the Swede. Additionally Eriksson’s Koiranen team are 102 points behind team championship leaders ART Grand Prix.