Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona hosts the final two rounds of the EuroFormula Open season next weekend, 1st/2nd November, where Britain’s Sean Walkinshaw is determined to conclude the 2014 campaign with some well-deserved podium silverware.
The 20-year-old’s second season at European level, but first in the headline EuroFormula title battle, has gathered impressive momentum with nine points scoring results from the last 10 races including best finishes of fifth place at the Hungaroring in July and, last time out, at Monza in Italy.
Heading into rounds 15 and 16 of the campaign, which as well as marking the final races of the EuroFormula season will also count as the last two races of the accompanying six round Spanish F3 Championship, Sean is 10th overall in both title battles. In the main standings, he is just 10 points shy of seventh position while in the Spanish F3 contest he is only five points outside the top eight.
Having produced such a consistently strong series of performances in recent months, the Chipping Norton driver travels to Spain a few days from now with his sights set on his first podium for Campos Racing along with the added goal of climbing further up the respective championship tables.
“I’ve really enjoyed this season with the guys at Campos, it’s been a good year and we’ve had some pretty strong results”, said the British racer, “The aim next weekend is to take that first podium – we know we’ve got the race pace to do it but things just haven’t quite worked out up to now. Qualifying is the key, if we get that right the rest will follow.”
Barcelona was certainly one of the tracks last season where Sean, then competing in the ‘Copa Class’ for previous generation Dallara F3 cars, produced some of his most competitive race performances of the year.
On course for podium challenges in each encounter during the corresponding fixture in 2013, the Oxfordshire racer’s pace wasn’t rewarded unfortunately when contact from rivals in both races put paid to hopes of silverware. This time around, Sean is determined to end the season on a real high.
“Barcelona is a great track, good fun to drive, and I’m definitely feeling confident ahead of next weekend”, he added, “You always want to end any season with the best results you can, it sets you up well over the winter and it’d be perfect to end the year with a trophy – that’s the goal!”
Following officially timed testing next Thursday, 30th October, and Friday, 31st October, qualifying for round 15 will take place at 09.25 (local time) on Saturday, 1st November, with the race scheduled to begin at 13.15 (UK time).
On Sunday, 2nd November, round 16 qualifying will get underway at 08.00 (UK time) with the final race of the EuroFormula Open season timetabled to start at 12.00 (UK time). Both of the weekend’s encounters will be screened live on Motors TV.
Provisional 2014 EuroFormula Open Standings (after Rd14):
10th Sean Walkinshaw, 49pts
Provisional 2014 Spanish F3 Championship Standings (after Rd4):
10th Sean Walkinshaw, 13pts