Ralf Aron was happy to be back on form at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli last weekend, with the Estonian improving his results in every race, which ended with him winning race three in extremely wet conditions.
The Prema Theodore Racing driver started ninth in race one on Saturday and made early gains to run seventh, but with overtaking opportunities at a premium at the Italian circuit, Aron was unable make a move on Motopark’s Daniel Ticktum and was forced to settle for just the six points.
“I had a good start and I was fighting,” said Aron. “I gained two positions straight away, and having a good pace I was getting closer and closer to the front end of the pack.
“Unfortunately, this is not the easiest place to overtake, but the car was good and in the end we salvaged a points finish.”
Aron was able to finish fifth in race two, but he saved his best for last as he took victory having made an excellent pass on team-mate Marcus Armstrong just before a safety car intervention. He went on to win ahead of countryman Jüri Vips, with the duo becoming the first Estonian pairing to finish first and second in a FIA European Formula 3 Championship race.
“It’s great to be back to victory,” said Aron. “I’ve been working on improving my pace in difficult conditions for my whole career and I got to the point I really like them.
“After taking P5 in race 2, race 3 went great. In the first two laps I was struggling to keep Jüri at bay, maybe there was something with my warm-up procedure. I kept my cool, and as the car felt really good I knew I was going to be quick so I started to trim down Marcus’ lead.
“After passing him, I was pretty comfortable.”