Formula Renault 2.0 Alps: Jehan Daruvala Bags Maiden Pole At Misano - Overdrive
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Formula Renault 2.0 Alps: Jehan Daruvala bags maiden pole at Misano

20 Jul 2015 / 0

After his first Formula Car podium in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, Jehan Daruvala put up another noteworthy performance in the Renault 2.0 Alps racing series at the Misano Adriatico Circuit in Italy. The youngster from the Sahara Force India Academy displayed incredible capability to fight experienced and established drivers on the grid.

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Jehan made a dream start for the weekend as he grabbed pole position for Race One by setting a comparatively fast lap time of 1 minute and 33.045 seconds. This was the maiden Formula Car pole for Jehan in his debut season.

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The race, however, presented Jehan with a completely new challenge. He was unable to capitalise on the his P1 grid position as the seasoned racers managed to pass him on the opening lap. Jehan was demoted to fourth by the end of Lap One. The Mumbai boy then began chasing Russian racer Romanov. Jehan kept piling the pressure and finally managed to overtake him, thus clinching his maiden podium in Formula Cars. The race was won by British driver Jack Aitken.

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During Qualifying for Race Two, Jehan Daruvala set another notable pole position time of 1 minute and 32.375 seconds. The race again proved to be a learning session for the Indian driver as he could not profit from his start on pole. He tried hard to hold on to the position but his lack of experience saw him tumble down the order. He fell from P1 to P3 during the race but a minor mistake on his part saw him slide down futher to P4, to which he hung on till the chequered flag dropped.

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After the race, Jehan Daruvala said, “I am really happy with my pace this weekend and a big thank you to the team for a fantastic car. It has been tough racing against the very best racers at the top. I still have a lot to learn and also need to improve my race starts. I am positive about how things are working out and would like to thank Sahara Force India Academy and my family as well.”

Maiden Pole, another Podium for Jehan

Sahara Force India Academy’s Jehan Daruvala once again proved his credentials as he continues a fantastic run in his debut season of Formula Car Racing. Racing in only his second event as a guest driver, at the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS series, the 16 year old Indian ensured the fraternity took notice of his talent. Jehan quickest in practice, went on to earn his first pole position of his formula car career at the Misano Adriatico circuit, named after Marco Simoncelli. He also went on to earn his 2nd podium, followed by another pole.

In Free Practice 1 Jehan was 4th, but went better in Free Practice 2 to emerge as the quickest. The qualifying session for race 1 started & Jehan waited in the pits initially. He got onto track with just 9 minutes left on the clock, setting a laptime good enough for 3rd on the list. Jehan then put in a scorcher of a lap to bag pole with a time of 1:33.045. He was just 3 thousandths of a second ahead of former championship leader – Jack Aitken. Current championship leader Jake Hughes was 3rd on the list.

“I have tested only once at this circuit, but I really like this track. It feels fantastic to take pole position here. I hope I can convert this into a good result for the race” said Sahara Force India Academy racer, after earning his first ever pole in Formula Cars.

The races were a different story altogether. Jehan’s inexperience amongst the seasoned & highly competitive grid showed up as he made a cautious start to fall down to third. By the end of lap 1, Jehan had further fallen to fourth. After settling into a good rhythm, Jehan mounted an attack on the 3rd placed Romanov, of Russia. He soon passed him & sealed the final podium position behind British race winner Jack Aitken & Russian Matevos Isaakyan.

Qualifying for race 2 once again saw Jehan extracting the best out of his car. The Sahara Force India Academy racer took his 2nd pole position with a laptime of 1:32.375. His margin much bigger this time as Hughes in 2nd was 0.178 seconds behind while Isaakyan was in the 3rd.

Unfortunately once again, Jehan was not able to capitalize on his pole once again. After the lights went out, the teenager from Mumbai fell to third. A brief safety car period followed & Jehan remained in 3rd. On lap 7 a small mistake by Jehan saw him fall to 4th. He was not able to gain positions this time & the race was eventually won by Jake Hughes.

Jehan later reflected on his weekend saying, “I am really happy with my pace this weekend & a big thank you to the team for a fantastic car. It has been tough racing against the very best racers at the top. I still have a lot to learn & also need to improve my race starts. I am positive about how things are working out & would like to thank Sahara Force India Academy & my family as well”

Jehan’s next event will be at the famous Spa Francorchamps circuit, in Belgium as part of the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC series.



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