Ryan Tveter secured his best result so far of his FIA European Formula 3 Championship career at the opening weekend of the season at Paul Ricard, with the young American securing seventh place in race 2.
Carlin driver Tveter admitted to struggles during the early stages of the weekend right through to race one, where he finished down in fifteenth, but drove strongly in race two to secure six points.
Unfortunately for Tveter, he was not able to bring the car home in the final race of the weekend, and is looking to be stronger next time out in Hungary.
“We were very quick out of the box on the Thursday test and also in FP1,” said Tveter. “Unfortunately I had a small off on a very slippery track at the end of FP1, so I had to miss FP2.
“Moving into qualifying, we were feeling strong despite the small setback, but we really struggled as a team in Q1, Q2 and Race 1. Between Races 1 and 2 we worked hard to get to the bottom of things together, and we made some good changes that paid off in Race 2.
“I had a storming start from 17th to sixth on the first lap, and then had very strong pace throughout the race to finish seventh after a crazy one-last-lap safety car restart shootout on a damp track.
“It was great to get some good points on the board in the championship and also record my highest finish to date in FIA F3; also there were three Carlin cars in the points in Race 2. The team and I are already working very hard to make gains for a consistently strong package at the second round at Budapest.”