Double delight puts Parry in charge

ON TOP: Matt Parry (green and yellow) celebrates one of his two victories in the second round of the Formula Renault at the Nurburgring
ON TOP: Matt Parry (green and yellow) celebrates one of his two victories in the second round of the Formula Renault at the Nurburgring
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Matt Parry claimed his first victories in Formula Renault to strengthen his lead in the Northern European Championship at the Nurburgring.

The Bury St Edmunds-based Fortec Motorsport star started the weekend strongly, shrugging off the lack of any previous dry running on the German Grand Prix circuit to again out-perform the various Formula Renault Eurocup drivers, using the event as a final warm-up for their opening round in Spain next weekend.

With only two races making up the second round of the NEC, qualifying took on extra significance for the 37 entrants at the Nurburgring.

Having built up his pace over two practice sessions, the 18-year-old again defied his rookie status to claim second and first places in his qualifying group, as the best of the eleven Fortec runners.

Parry would start from third on the grid for the weekend’s opening race, but a blinding start vaulted him into the lead as the field negotiated the tricky opening complex.

Once in front, he was never challenged, maintaining a comfortable advantage of around a second over Eurocup regular Esteban Ocon throughout the 13 laps and claiming his maiden Formula Renault victory in only his fourth race.

Race two, later in the day, was a similar story for the reigning Intersteps champion, who this time started from his third pole position of the season.

Another good getaway saw Parry able to stay out of harm’s way through the curling series of corners that start the lap before extending his advantage over Gustav Malja to his second maximum score of the weekend.

“Winning once this weekend would have been great, but to win both races is beyond expectation,” said Parry. “This is a strong field and the racing is very competitive, so I’m delighted with how things have gone.”

Parry’s dominance has allowed him to open a comfortable points advantage over his nearest rivals, with Ocon and Fortec stable-mate Mikko Pakari currently second and third in the table.