26 / 27 June
Kaylen Frederick, Ulysse De Pauw and Oliver Clarke were the top-three finishers in the first race of the weekend on the Donington Park National circuit. Here's what each had to say after the race.
Winner - Kaylen Frederick, Carlin:
"Really, really tricky conditions. You had to take a couple of risks on the first couple of laps to get a feel for the track. Luckily I didn't get caught up in any incidents since I got such a great start. It was hard to get used to but once I found that line, you just had to make some small adjustments and I built up a nice lead so I had a nice comfortable buffer behind me, just in case I made a small mistake. I pounded in some good lap times after that, and I'm really happy with the result and I'm ready for the two more races today.
"I didn't think of that actually [starting higher up the reverse grid than usual due to retirements], so that's even more good news. I'll just be focused on another good start there and again just avoiding those incidents, because you really just need to take away as many points as you can from those reverse grid races, make sure you don't finish last or get taken out. So that will be the aim, to pick up as many points as we can, and after that focus on race three where we start on pole again."
Second - Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport:
"A strong race again, very tricky conditions so I'm pretty happy to come back in P2. We started P4, I had a really strong opening lap, I knew that we are usually strong in these conditions but it was really tricky this time between slicks and wets. So we can be really happy to get another good result, some strong points and now we just need to keep our head down, keep going like that and we'll see where we end up.
"We had a tough beginning of the season and since Brands Hatch we are scoring some really strong points in every race. We always know in a tight championship like this, the key is consistency, so I'm quite happy of how I have managed my championship until now, but it's never over. With one non finish I could lose everything so we just need to keep pushing and do our best."
Third - Oliver Clarke, Hillspeed:
"It's a very strong start to the weekend. We got off the line okay, Ulysse managed to get past me unfortunately into the Old Hairpin, he was there and there was nothing I could really do about it. I would have liked to have been a bit faster to be honest but we got better at the end and we were kind of putting in similar times to those guys at the end. So maybe if I'd have had the pace at the start we could have challenged for second or first, but I'm still happy to be on the podium.
"There was a dry line around the back half of the circuit. The front half of the circuit, the start straight was still very wet so it was tricky to get everything right."
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