Will Palmer was understandably ecstatic after taking his maiden Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 victory at Estoril on Saturday.
The British racer took his R-ace GP machine to victory after taking advantage of a last lap clash between Lando Norris and Max Defourny into turn one to inherit the lead having been running in third position up until then.
Palmer believed that his performances during 2016 were getting stronger, and it was with great relief that the 2015 BRDC F4 champion was able to take his maiden triumph in Formula Renault.
“It feels so great to win a race,” said Palmer. “The season has been difficult at times, but we have been coming on strong with a podium at Circuit Paul Ricard and now the win!
“It was a little unexpected, I was lucky with the incident between Lando and Max on the last lap, but it doesn’t put a damper on my elation of this first victory.”
Unfortunately, from the highs of Saturday came disappointment on Sunday, when Palmer finished at the rear of the field after a failed gamble on dry weather tyres on a damp track at the start left him with far too much of a gap to those in front of him when the track finally became dry enough for his tyres to work.