Will Palmer: “It was great to have a win on home soil”

Will Palmer was in great form at Silverstone, taking a win and a second place - Credit: Clement Luck / DPPI

Will Palmer left Silverstone with a healthy advantage at the top of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship standings after taking his second victory of the year and a runners-up spot last weekend.

The R-ace GP ace held off the early challenge from Henrique Chaves before stretching away to win race one by more than six seconds from the Portuguese driver, before finishing a close second to team-mate Robert Shwartzman on Sunday after early passes on both Daniel Ticktum and Sacha Fenestraz.

“It’s been a really good weekend at Silverstone with a first and a second place,” said Palmer. “The race on Saturday was quite straightforward after getting away in the lead at the start, but the race on Sunday was a bit harder starting from fourth.

“I managed to put in a really strong opening lap passing two cars though which elevated me to second, and though I tried for the lead on the first lap it wasn’t quite possible. Still, we scored loads of points this weekend and it was great to have a win on home soil.”

The results at his home venue means Palmer heads into the Pau event this weekend with a 15-point advantage in the championship over Shwartzman, but the French venue will be a completely different challenge, especially as neither he or his team have been there previously.

“Next up is Pau which is a track neither I nor the team has raced at before,” said Palmer. “We will have to hit the ground running on Friday practice and build up quickly to make sure we are able to qualify well, as that will be crucial there.”