Richard Verschoor hopes his performances at the Red Bull Ring are a sign that his season is back on track as the Dutchman claimed his first podium result of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship season in Saturday’s opening race.
The Josef Kaufmann Racing driver, who left the Red Bull Junior Team programme at the end of 2017, has endured a tough season to date, and ahead of the weekend in Austria had only scored points on three occasions, with an eighth place his best result in that time in race two at the Circuit Paul Ricard.
Verschoor started on the front row for the opening race of the weekend in Austria and although he did not have the pace of race winner Max Fewtrell, was able to comfortably hold on for second, although only half points were awarded after the race was called early due to the weather.
“It has been a long time since I was last on the podium… Way too long!” said Verschoor on RenaultSport.com. “We have worked to recover after my difficult start to the season and I think we are headed in the right direction.
“Today, Max was too fast, because I pushed as hard as I could, but it was not enough to catch him. I would have liked for the rain to have come earlier, but you can’t order up the weather.
“I am still pleased with this second place and I hope this will be the start of a new season for me!”
Verschoor completed the weekend by finishing fourth in race two, not far away from the podium finishes but ahead of team-mate Yifei Ye. The Dutchman left Austria just outside the top ten in the championship standings on twenty-nine points.