Matt Parry’s torrid start to the 2014 Formula Renault
Eurocup continued in round two at Spa-Francorchamps as he took just a single point.
Looking to bounce back after a somewhat hesitant start to the season in Spain, Parry again found himself on the back foot even before qualifying had got underway as the former County Upper School pupil had to settle for a mid-grid position.
And things failed to improve for the reigning Formula Renault NEC champion as his opening race was ended abruptly due to technical problems leaving the Fortec Motorsport driver watching on as his rivals added to their points tally.
“The car felt better, with more grip than it had at Aragon, but I got caught out at turn seven and backed it into the wall,” said Parry.
“While there wasn’t a huge amount of damage, I only had three laps on the board and was playing catch-up from that point on”
With two races at every World Series by Renault weekend, the 20-year-old would have hoped for a change of fortune on Sunday but, after holding down second place in his group for some time, he again found himself relegated to row eight by a flurry of improvements from the drivers behind him.
Race two, however, allowed Parry to show glimpses of his potential as, despite his lowly starting position, he quickly fought his way into contention for points.
Gaining eight places he found himself as high as 10th, embroiled in a battle with round one racewinner Andrea Pizzitola before crossing the line in eleventh spot.
“After the woeful start to the weekend in race one, I was really hoping to turn things around in second qualifying, but I think I misplayed the strategy,” the Sport Wales ambassador admitted.
“I’ve never had to work so hard over a weekend to gain just a single point.
“It was a good battle with Pizzitola, and that went some way to making up for my early exit on Saturday, but the points return is not what I was looking for after the mixed start we had in Spain.
“It’s a disappointing start to the year with four races down. We’re still struggling to get the best out of the car, and I’m a little confused as to why our pre-season pace appears to have disappeared, but I’ll keep working and focusing on finding the key that will unlock its potential.
“I know that I can compete with the guys at the front of the field, and am sure that I’ll get the chance to do that before too long.”