Bury St Edmunds’ Matt Parry will be aiming to secure championship glory this weekend as the final round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup takes place in Zandvoort, Netherlands.
Parry will be hoping to avoid a repeat of his last outing in the Czech Republic in September where he saw his 121-point lead cut to 75 following a pointless return from his three races.
With 30 points for the winner of each race and three to go during the finals at Zandvoort, Jack Aitken still has a theoretical chance of catching the Suffolk speedster.
Ahead of this weekend’s action, Parry took on and beat some of the best that Italy could offer in the Formula Renault ALPS finale at Imola, but was ultimately and frustratingly denied a podium place.
Invited to contest the double-header round by the front-running Koiranen GP team, following an introduction via the Caterham Racing Academy scheme of which he is a member, Parry adapted quickly at the former San Marino Grand Prix venue to qualify in the top three alongside champion-elect and Ferrari protégé Antonio Fuoco and Prema Powerteam colleague Luca Ghiotto.
Ineligible to claim championship points, Parry didn’t interfere with the title battle between the leading pair and eased his way to a third place finish in the first race on Saturday.
With the title confirmed in Fuoco’s favour, the 19-year-old set his sights on challenging for victory in race two on Sunday.
The Brit quickly passed champion Fuoco but found former Sud-Am F3 champion Bruno Bonifacio also had designs on a podium finish as the side battled side-by-side, resulting in Parry finding himself off the track before rejoining in second.
It was a position he held but after collecting his second-place trophy, the inevitable stewards’ investigation saw Parry penalised an additional 25 seconds on top of his race time, dropping him to an unrepresentative 15th in the final result.