It’s been a day of alternating fortunes for the AVF by Adrián Vallés stable today at Jerez, in race 2 of the 2014 World Series Renault 3.5 championship finale. After yesterday’s solid runs, the Spanish squad went back on-track in amazing weather determined to keep the momentum high at home.
Dutch female racer Beitske Visser, who scored her maiden rookie podium and a top-5 result yesterday, had a consistent race. Unfortunately, some wheelspin at the start cost her valuable track positions but she performed well anyway, battling with new series champion Carlos Sainz.
Despite proving really competitive in qualifying 2 by scoring the sixth fastest lap of the day, her team-mate, Swissman Zoel Amberg, was much less lucky. The 22-year-old from Stans showcased the potential of his AVF car but was slowed down by a clutch issue that cost him valuable time and pushed him back to the 14th position.
Beitske Visser – Q2: P10 – R2: P12
“The start wasn’t very good, as I got a lot of wheelspin and lost some positions. After that, the pace was good but here is really, really difficult to overtake. I pitted, and rejoined in front of Sainz. It’s been good to fight with the 2014 champion, but unfortunately I made a small mistake in braking for the first corner and he passed me. Anyway, it was a solid day and now I’m looking forward to start the offseason and prepare for 2015″.
Zoel Amberg – Q2: P6 – R2: P14
“Today’s race was heavily conditioned by a clutch problem. At the start, I couldn’t get away well, but after the opening stages I was in 7th anyway, and the pace was definitely good enough for a top-5 position. Unfortunately, the same issue slowed me down both during the pit-stop, when I couldn’t leave my stall, and at the re-start, when the other drivers cruised past me. In the end I was forced to settle for 14th”.