I.S.R. Racing continued to experience some positive momentum at Jerez de la Frontera, as the Czech squad lined-up once again Swede Gustav Malja and Frenchman Andrea Pizzitola, who continued in their step-up work from the Formula Renault 2.0 cars they drove so far.
Everything for the team went quite well, with both rookies patiently working their way up their learning curve on the 3.5 Dallara. They also had the chance to run in qualifying simulations that the team repeated both during the morning and at the end of the day.
Malja delivered a consistent performance as he moved from the 15th place he scored in the morning to rounding out the top-5 in the afternoon, while Pizzitola wasn’t less impressive by any means, taking the 16th place in the AM session before cruising up to the seventh spot by the end of session 2.
At the end of two really satisfactory days of testing, and following to an extended weekend in Spain, I.S.R. Racing will now enjoy a small break before being back working in preparation for 2015.
Gustav Malja (#17) Morning P15 1’28”222. Afternoon P5 1’29”220
“It has been a good afternoon, generally also a good day. We have struggled a bit on the new tyres when first I had some traffic and then I suffered some temperature problems, with tyres too hot. I also had to stop for a fuel alert that was promptly fixed. It has been a positive run because we had a good pace and we could fight for the top-5. I also did a stint of 16 laps as race simulation, I felt it physically, but I’m ok”.
rea Pizzitola (#18) Morning P16. Afternoon P7 1’29″389
“We had a positive day as we picked-up from where we left off yesterday. I found a very good chemistry with the team and they are supporting me in the best way. I have a lot to learn. Yesterday I was feeling quite close to the limit, but today I realized that there’s a long way ahead and that I can still improve a lot. On the race simulation we had some troubles, but then the team changed the set-up a bit and with another set of tyres it was really better ”.