Trident claims another rookie win at Paul Ricard
Trident captured its second consecutive rookie win at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, home to the fourth round of the 2022 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine.
After delivering a rookie win, and P10 overall, with Tim Tramnitz in race 1, the team saw Roman Bilinski secure the class honors and end up in the overall points zone with P10 in race 2 today at the French venue. Bilinski set the sixth fastest lap time in his qualifying group and started from the sixth row. An excellent getaway allowed him to gain positions straight away and achieve today’s remarkable result.
The race featured two safety cars, but Roman kept the rookie lead and P10 overall despite the disruptions. Tim Tramnitz got another great result as he was fifth in his group in qualifying and finished race 2 in P11, just behind his teammate. Leonardo Fornaroli had a tougher day. The Italian, who started from the 13th row, quickly began to fight back and regain positions, but he was forced into the escape road by contact between Capietto and Bernier, so he slipped back to P30. Fornaroli got back in the hunt and stormed back to P24. The next round for FRECA will be on the June 19th weekend at Zandvoort.
Roman Bilinski: “Really solid day here in Paul Ricard. In qualifying, I made a good improvement, as overnight we looked into data and the car and myself. I found a good lap and qualified just outside the top-10. Then my start was very aggressive, and I completed many moves on lap 1, going from P12 to P9. I didn’t have so much pace, so I had to be quite aggressive on defense, and things like this. Overall I am really happy to get the first point of the season and first rookie win”.
Tim Tramnitz: “Qualifying in the morning was quite good like yesterday, P5 in my group and P9 overall. It’s a shame because we were really close to P3, and that could have changed quite a lot. Then in the race, the start itself was quite good, but where I positioned myself in the first lap wasn’t quite really clever, and I lost a position there. Then the whole race was quite everything safety car, and it was a shame because I felt I had a good pace. Not the result I wanted, but I have to say we had a really nice improvement from Friday to Sunday, the car felt great so I'm happy about that”.
Leonardo Fornaroli: “It hasn't been the weekend we wanted. Even today in qualifying 2, I struggled a lot and had to start from the back of the pack. I had a good opening lap, and I got several positions back, but I had to avoid contact on the last corner, slipping back to last. From that moment on, there were two lengthy safety car periods that didn't provide great recovering opportunities. It was a bad weekend, but we will make up for it in Zandvoort.”