Silverstone (United Kingdom) – Great debut for RP Motorsport Racing in 2017 World Series Formula V8 3.5 season, on the British track at Silverstone with a weekend accompanied by a wealth of public attendance. The stable of Fabio Pampado has managed to get a precious podium in Gara-2 thanks to the Israeli driver Roy Nissany, who is able to catch the third place at the end of an overwhelming and unobtrusive test. This is the ideal way to start the new vintage in the RPM Mktg series, with a performance that is displayed in front of the many enthusiasts who came to the historic English circuit to enjoy a rich racing program, embellished by the prestigious 6 Hours of World Endurance .
Nissany was able to make the most of the start from the third place, letting himself right after the second leg and then earning the lead shortly after the Fittipaldi leader stopped. Team mechanics then made a fast pit-stop, allowing Roy to stay in the lead and end with a well-deserved third place behind Brazilian Lotus Team and Egor Orudzhev (SMP Racing by AVF) . A weekend finish that redeems the bitter outcome of the Gara-1 for the Israeli driver, forced to retire in the early stages after being spurred by an opponent.
Roy Nissany: “Really a great way to close this first seasonal event! I’m very happy for the podium because we paid them all for the job done not only this weekend, but also during the winter test. After the disappointment of Race-1, we have now proven to be able to keep up with the best and to play with everyone. The race pace has been very positive, there is still a lot to work but we got the confirmation that we have taken the right path. ”
Silverstone’s transfer very little luck to Yu Kanamaru. The Japanese driver was in fact persecuted by a feverish state throughout the weekend, which has heavily affected the performance. Despite this, the 22-year-old from Tokyo (after having forced the second free practice session) has managed to finish Gara-1 in ninth place, then dropping out in the second test when he was in seventh position.
Yu Kanamaru: “It’s been hard physically, I’m very sorry. Since Thursday I have accused high fever, and despite a slight improvement on yesterday’s day, today I had to leave the race after a good start. I’m really disappointed because we had worked hard to prepare for this appointment in the best way, but these are things that can happen. Now I just want to go back and present myself to Spa at the top of the form. ”
Satisfaction in the words of Team Principal RP Motorsport Racing, Fabio Pampado: “We are happy with this result, the podium repays in the best way a weekend that in some ways had begun in a not fortunate way. Roy did a great job in Race-2, after being forced to retire in the first test by a contact that saw him absolutely unworthy. It’s a pity for Yu, but we’re sure he will be able to get ready soon and showcase all his talent from the next race. A thank you goes to all the staff of the team for the work done. Lastly, I would like to emphasize the performance of Damiano Fioravanti, our current driver at the Barone Rampante team, who succeeded in winning the Rookie in his debut race, really congratulating him too! ”
The next event will see the World Series Formula V8 3.5 again on the run in conjunction with the FIA WEC in the first weekend of May. The Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, one of the most challenging and selective in the world, is an impressive frame for the event: an exceptional stage that will again see RP Motorsport Racing ready to play a protagonist role.
WORLD SERIES FORMULA V8 3.5 – ROUND 1 SILVERSTONE
QUALIFICATIONS 1:
Roy Nissany P7 (1: 42,436) – Yu Kanamaru P10 (1: 44,218)
QUALIFICATIONS 2:
Roy Nissany P3 (1: 49,271) – Yu Kanamaru P8 (1: 52,808)
RACE 1:
Yu Kanamaru P9 – Roy Nissany DNF
RACE 2:
Roy Nissany P3 – Yu Kanamaru DNF