Nico Varrone, Josh Mason and Neil Verhagen were the top three finishers in a thrilling race two at Spa Francorchamps this morning (Sunday). Here's what each had to say at the end of the race.
Winner, Nico Varrone:
"It's incredible. My first race was at Silverstone last month and I couldn't get to Donington because of budget reasons but we are here at Spa, my first time at Spa and my first time driving here was only on Friday, so it's all still very new for me. To get a win from P8 with very strong pace is something I can't believe, the car was fantastic and it's incredible.
"I knew a podium was possible but difficult, but I never expected to win. I thought fifth or fourth place would be good but winning here at Spa is just amazing.
"It's only my fifth day in the car, I went to Silverstone and here with no testing and not knowing the circuits. If we could get some more budget to drive more continuously, we can improve."
Second, Josh Mason:
"What a place to get a podium! I always dreamed to race around here one day and to get a podium is even better, I'm really happy with the result I've had.
"It was a really intense race. I looked in my mirrors when Neil was behind me and he was very close. But around here is all about strategy in a way because if you're P1 across the line, if P2 has a good run through Eau Rouge they can get past you, so you have to calculate which lap to do it on. But Varrone had a lot of pace near the end. A good result for him, but I'm happy with P2."
Third, Neil Verhagen:
"It's bittersweet right now as I felt I had the pace to go and challenge for the win, but even with the tow I was being passed by people behind me. We're struggling a bit with the engine right now, it's our second engine, so it's a bit unfortunate but I guess that's how it is in motorsport. As much as I want to win and it upsets me that I didn't win, its bittersweet.
"In sector two I felt I was quite strong compared to the other drivers, so that's where the tyres would really have mattered. I was losing so much ground in sectors one and three and getting overtaken, and it's not good to be slow in sectors one and three at Spa.
"We'll need to change something for race three. If we can figure out why we're slow in a straight line then that will be a positive and hopefully we can get that fixed for race three and have a bit more excitement after the race."
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