Harrison Scott: “It was fantastic to extend the championship lead”

Harrison Scott took win number 6 of 2017 in Hungary - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

Harrison Scott left the Hungaroring with a 68-point advantage in the EuroFormula Open championship standings after a sixth victory of the year and a ninth place finish across the two races.

The RP Motorsport driver remains the standout performer in 2017, and went into the weekends races confident that his strong form seen so far this year could continue.

“Overall it was another brilliant weekend and it was great to come away from Hungaroring having increased our lead in the EuroFormula Open Championship,” said Scott.

“Our pace during testing on Thursday and Friday was really good and we were confident going in to the weekend that we could pull out some strong results out of the bag.”

Scott’s Saturday did not get off to the best of starts when he found his best time of the qualifying session – and his only one set on slick tyres – deleted due to track limits, meaning he started fourteenth on the grid.

The Briton made up five places on his grid slot to finish ninth, but he saw his run of podium finishes come to an end, although he was happy to make progress from where he started.

“Unfortunately, on Saturday morning the track was damp when we started qualifying one and about five minutes from the end of the session it dried out enough for slicks when everyone pitted to change their tyres,” said Scott.

“There was only time for one flying lap due to a red flag, but although my lap was provisional pole I ran wide and was penalised for track limits, so I started race one in P14. This was obviously not ideal as we had the pace to lead from the front row and it is hard to overtake in Budapest.

“We therefore knew that the race was going to be a challenge, but I managed to fight my way in to the points, up five positions to ninth place, which I was happy with in the end.”

Scott had a much better qualifying session on Sunday, securing his fifth pole position of the year and going on to clinch his sixth victory, pacing the field with relative ease and ending 1.139 seconds ahead of Nikita Troitskiy without really needing to push too hard.

“Going in to Sunday we knew the pace was there and when we went out for the first qualifying run on new tyres the car felt really good,” admitted Scott.

“We were top of the time sheet, but we knew that we had to put in a clean lap and push hard on the second set of tyres as the gap from P2 was closing in. I managed to put it all together to retain pole position for the second race and I got off the line well at the start, keeping the lead in to turn one.

“From then on it was about controlling the race, not making the tyres overheat as it was a very warm day and bringing the car home for the win. I didn’t come under any pressure and it was fantastic to extend the championship lead going in to the summer break.

“We’ll carry on working hard over the next two months preparing for the Silverstone event in September.”