PREMA Powerteam experienced an amazing weekend in the opening round of the Formula Regional European Championship at Misano.
Lining-up with four cars in torrid conditions at the Adriatic venue, the team scored three wins and delivered a double podium lockout in race 2 and 3. To add even more value to the results, the fact that the three wins were taken by three different drivers, and all four were featured on the podium.
Qualifying started well with Arthur Leclerc sweeping three pole positions. At the start of race 1, he and Gianluca Petecof were involved in a contact initiated by another car. The Monegasque was forced to retire, while the Brazilian put up a stellar recovery to P4. Danish racer Oliver Rasmussen dominated to take the first win of the season, his first in single seaters, while British female racer Jamie Chadwick ended up in P3 to highlight a positive debut.
Race 2 was more predictable with Leclerc sailing to win from pole in front of Petecof, while Rasmussen completed the podium with another great run. In race 3, Petecof made a perfect start and led all laps edging Leclerc and Rasmussen.
Once again, the regular and rookie podiums were an all-Prema affair wrapping up an almost perfect weekend.
#6 - Oliver Rasmussen
“I'm pretty satisfied on a global view. The weekend started with my first win in single-seaters which was pretty awesome. I think we got some good points but just didn't have the right pace in race 2 and 3, and we will have to look into that if we want to aim for the championship. Great job by the team, we exit the weekend in the lead tied with Gianluca. Thank you to my crew, Jonathan, Alessandro and Ivan for the great run!”
#10 - Gianluca Petecof
"It was a great weekend. It didn't start the way we wanted, missing a little bit in qualifying. In race 1 we deserved to be on the podium and in the end, we weren't, but after that, the other two races were very positive. The last race was great, although a little difficult to manage but in the end, we got away with a win and the championship lead. That's positive and we'll keep fighting."
#14 - Arthur Leclerc
"I was really happy about the pace, we proved that we could be fast. Now I think the main point to work on is the starts, it will be key as we saw in race 2 and then in race 3 that put me in trouble. That's why I ended up P2 and struggled to manage the tyres. We know that we have the pace and it's positive for the next races."
#55 - Jamie Chadwick
"We got a really good start to the weekend. It kind of exceeded our expectations a little bit with the podium. I got a little bit lucky but I'm really happy to get that step in the first race. The rest of the weekend was a little bit mixed, up and down, we struggled with a couple of things but I'm just happy to get the first weekend underway and get three solid results."