Logan Sargeant was pleased to see the hard work he and his R-ace GP team have put in recently pay off as he secured his maiden Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship pole position at Spa-Francorchamps on Thursday.
The young American began the season with a victory at the Circuit Paul Ricard, while he secured a double podium at Silverstone, but the past four races have seen him score only three points, with a double retirement coming last weekend at the Red Bull Ring that left him sixth in the championship standings, forty-four points off the championship lead, currently held by Yifei Ye of Josef Kaufmann Racing.
Sargeant’s best lap of 2:19.046s in Group B was enough to take pole position for race two in Belgium away from Group A pacesetter Ye, but he was given a run for his money by Renault Sport Academy star Christian Lundgaard of MP Motorsport, who ended just 0.061 seconds adrift of the American in the battle for pole position.
He knows he will have a fight on his hands on Saturday with slipstreaming traditionally strong at Spa-Francorchamps, but he will be doing everything he can to fight off the challenges from behind to secure his second win of the campaign after stepping up from Formula 4 for 2018.
“The last few races haven’t been easy, but we know we can come back after our strong performances at the start of the season,” said Sargeant on RenaultSport.com. “We just have to put it all together and that is what we did today working as a team on the setups and balance of the car.
“The hard work paid off! I was confident right from the start and I could push like I wanted to. I expect to firmly defend my position on the straight heading to Combes Saturday!”