Devlin DeFrancesco hails his “best weekend yet” in the Euroformula Open, as he collected two podiums at Silverstone (September 1-3).
The Canadian-Italian stormed to a comfortable second place finish in both races at the Northamptonshire circuit and closed the gap on the top three in the championship.
After the long summer break, the Carlin racer was quickly back up to speed in his two-litre Dallara Formula Three car and was fastest in the first practice session, before going second overall on Friday.
“Free practice was very positive,” the 17-year-old said. “We did a lot of running and were quick in both our qualifying and race programmes. I was very pleased with the base set-up of the car, which was promising heading into the weekend.”
After qualifying fourth, Devlin made an impressive getaway in race one, as he streamed past third place in the first corner.
The 2016 F4 British Championship race-winner quickly latched onto the back of second, before lunging up the inside of his rival at the Loop with nine laps remaining.
Devlin pulled a gap to the rest of the field and crossed the line in second place to take his third podium of the season and another rookie victory.
“We were a little disappointed with qualifying, as I felt we had the pace to be second,” Devlin explained. “However, we knew there was ground to make up in the race and I had a really good start.
“By the time I was up to second place, first was already well down the road so the focus was on managing the pace and I never really felt threatened. This felt like a victory, as it was the best possible result.”
Qualifying two saw Devlin line up on the front row for Sunday’s race. He had a solid start and was never under threat as he claimed another second place finish and rookie win.
“The pace was very strong in the second race,” Devlin said. “After qualifying the aim was to get a good start and pull a gap to the rest of the field, which I managed to do.
“This was my best weekend yet and the maximum we could’ve hoped for. Carlin has done a fantastic job and the points are great for the championship. The aim for the rest of the season is to score more podiums and hopefully bag the odd win.
“Monza will be quite interesting, it’s a track I’ve driven at before and one I enjoy. The team will be working hard to give me the best possible car, so we’re looking forward to going racing again!”
Next for Devlin is round six of the Euroformula Open championship at Monza, Italy (29 September-1 October).