Carlin driver Devlin DeFrancesco sets his sights on a podium finish in the second round of the Euroformula Open at the historic Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps (27-28 May).
After his impressive championship debut at Estoril, Portugal, the Canadian racer is looking to improve on his promising rookie podium with an overall top-three at the Belgian Grand Prix venue.
Heading into the weekend, the 17-year-old sits eighth in the Drivers’ Championship, just 10 points behind third, with 54 on offer at each round.
“It was an encouraging start to the season,” Devlin said. “I learned a lot and the added experience will certainly help me for the upcoming race. An overall podium is the aim, Billy [Monger] has been on my back about getting one, so hopefully I can do that for him!”
This will be Devlin’s first experience of the 7.004 km circuit, but with extensive runs on his simulator, the 2016 F4 British Championship front-runner is confident of quickly adapting.
“I’ve probably done five or more race distances on my simulator,” Devlin continued. “Obviously, it’s very different once you’re there but it’s really useful to be heading into the weekend knowing a bit about what to expect.
“The experience from the first weekend will help, but you can’t even compare Estoril and Spa, it’s like apples and oranges. The long straights provide a lot of opportunities to overtake, unlike what we had in the first round. There have been many classic races at Spa and the weather always plays a part, so it’ll be interesting to see if that’ll be a factor.”
In the heart of the Ardennes Forest, Spa is one of the most famous and oldest racing circuits in the world, and is a track that Devlin has long-aspired to race at.
“It has to be one of the most special places in motor racing,” Devlin said. “I’m looking forward to Les Combes in particular, it flows nicely and provides a great opportunity for overtaking. Pouhon is another corner that I can’t wait to tackle. It’s fast and you can gain or lose a lot of time there.”
Free practice will begin on Friday, before the first qualifying session and race one get underway on Saturday. There will also be a second qualifying heat and race on Sunday (click here for a full weekend timetable).