Season over - at least in WSR

25.10.2012

Final round of WSR at Barcelona was a really difficult one

Kevin's pitstop at Barca 2012

Final race of 2012 World Series by Renault was not a good one for Kevin. In some sense it reflected the whole season – Kevin did what he could but machinery was not on the par.

Sunday qualification was held on a wet track. Both Lotus cars had been surprisingly off the pace during Friday wet practice and unfortunately nothing had changed for Sunday. Kevin used three sets of tires, completed 13 laps and some set-up changes were also made. Although he was one of a few drivers who managed to set his best time during the final minutes of the session, his effort was only good enough for 22nd grid position.

Track dried up for the afternoon race but a combination of very low starting position, car lacking pace and track being notoriously difficult for overtaking predicted a difficult race.

Kevin managed to jump to 19th on the opening lap and to 17th before the pit-stop but it was as far as he got. Slight delay at tire change meant he got stuck behind a slower car and "thanks" to track character he couldn’t transform his much faster lap times to a decisive move.

17th place and nil points were definitely disappointing way to finish a difficult season. In WSR overall standings Kevin took 10th with 69 points, having visited podium only once.

Kevin: „For some reasons our cars were not fast enough on Sunday. Driving-wise it was perhaps my strongest wet qualification ever in FR3.5. Usually my team-mate has been much faster than me under those conditions but this time our fastest laps were more or less identical. Starting at Barcelona from so low grid position you are destined to struggle and that was exactly what happened. We made an early pit-stop but it was not greatest either and I was left behind Daniil Move. Track character helped him to defend his position even being clearly off the pace.

I had to visit stewards after the race because of the clash with Daniel Abt. He crashed into me when I tried to find a way around Move. It was a big bang, my car was somehow not bent but he went straight into the wall.

Talking about the 2012 season it was obviously not a good one. Having finished sixth overall last year I hoped for a progress but it didn’t happen. We had many different problems but towards the end of the season I was definitely driving better than last year.“

Life, though, still goes on. Kevin will spend Thursday at Silverstone testing F3 car for Double R Racing and compete at F3 Cup meeting during the weekend. Both events are designed to be a preparation for a start at F3 Macau Grand Prix later in November.

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