Tarun Reddy wins at 2014 Protyre Formula Renault Championship Rnd 2
16 year old Tarun Reddy has had a good weekend at Donington having finished on the podium in Race 2 at UK’s Protyre Formula Renault Championship.
Besides his outstanding performance at Donington, Reddy is also the leader in Formula MRF 1600 category in MMSC National Championships winning third place in second race. This along with seventh and ninth positions on other two races is what has gained him an overall sixth place in the championship.
Qualifying fourth for race two and sixth in the other two races, Reddy lacked pace in the first race, to stand at sixth place at half distance. He was however able to hold his own for the rest of the race to claim 7th place at race end.
Elated at a podium finish in his second race, despite the fact that Reddy could not get a single dry lap prior to qualifying was a notable feat for the youngster and an outstanding win in his Formula Renault stint. Race 2 saw the young Indian contend with with race winner Matteo Ferrer. Reddy moved into 3rd place passing Canadian Patrick Dussault, and had also went past Italian Matteo who went off the track at the next corner. Alex Gill (GBR) of Fortec Motorsport Formula Renault and Pietro Fittipaldi (BRA) MGR Motorsport Formula Renault joined the Indian MGR Motorsport Formula Renault winner on podium.
A great first lap in race 3 saw Reddy move up place but overshooting the chicane cost him place. After dropping to last place, Tarun was able to finish 9th.
His manager, Formula MRF 2000 champion Rupert Svendsen-Cook was also elated at Reddy’s success so early in his career and commended him for his performance. Reddy is now looking forward to his third round at Brands Hatch to be held on 26th and 27th July where his aim is to win and take forward his success at Donington.
Tarun was thrilled to get his first podium in only his second race. He said, “Considering I didn’t get a single dry lap before going into qualifying, to come away with a podium on my second weekend in Formula Renault is a good start. I didn’t get the best of starts, and I lost a little part of my front nose while passing Dussault early in the race but it didn’t affect the car much. I fought my way back up and managed to hold them off, so I’m really happy.”
he added, “We struggled with race pace in the first race, and I had to do a lot of defending, while in the last race I generally did have the pace to fight for a front position but I locked up at the last corner. I’m quite gutted about it, because it could have been so much better, but I think I did a good job overall and it’s an improvement from round one at Rockingham.”
Tarun’s manager, Formula MRF 2000 champion Rupert Svendsen-Cook, added: “Tarun made a big step forward from Rockingham, which is all you can ask for. It was his best qualifying so far, and his best race finish – and to finish on the podium is a massive achievement. He drove a very hard race, but very fair as well, and that’s great at such an early stage in his career.”
Tarun added, “Now I’ve had my first podium I just have to keep working, and my aim now is to get a win – I don’t see why I shouldn’t get one or two before the end of the year,” he said. “I’ve already done two days of testing around Brands so I should be competitive.”