Johnny Cecotto Jr.It was a hectic weekend for Koiranen bros. Motorsport in the legendary track of Spa-Francorchamps!

New driver Johnny Cecotto had an impressive start! The Venezuelan was very fast right from the first Free Practice session, and finished the weekend with a very strong 3rd and 4th place. Atte Mustonen also had the speed to be at the front but two incidents in the races meant that his weekend turned out to be a disappointment. Tomi Limmonen made good progress all weekend, from learning the track on Friday to a solid 6th place on the Sunday race.

With Mustonen and Cecotto 3rd and 4th after the first Free Practice session, we knew right from the start that our cars were fast, and that it would be possible to get good results this weekend. The second Free Practice session was a disappointment however, as all our drivers finished outside the Top 10. This left the team with some hard work to do, to understand what had gone wrong and make sure we would be at the front again for Qualifying.

Qualifying took place under wet conditions. In the first session Cecotto put is car in an excellent 4th place, while Mustonen struggled with setup problems in 11th position. Atte bounced back in the second session, to claim 5th place, while Cecotto slipped to 7th. Limmonen was further back, still trying to cope with both a new track and wet weather conditions.

Both Cecotto and Mustonen got off to good starts in the first race, with Atte starting to cut his way through the field almost immediately. Cecotto was fighting for 2nd place when he spun, trying to avoid the car in front of him. Atte spun on the same lap, and both lost some positions. They both fought their way back up the order, finishing 4th and 7th . Cecotto was just 7 seconds behind the leader at the end, so who knows what result would have been possible had he not spun? Atte also made sure everyone knew his result would have been different without the spin, by posting the fastest lap of the race by a full second! Tomi’s race was shorter, as he spun out of the race in the second lap.

Race 2 got off to a chaotic start: A few drivers stalled on the grid, including Cecotto. He managed to get going but others didn’t, resulting in a start line crash that brought the Safety Car to the track. There was more drama later that lap, as Atte Mustonen was tapped in the back by a Red Bull car. He spun and was then hit almost head on by another car. Cecotto and Limmonen managed to slip past all this and move up the order. At the restart Cecotto was 7th, Limmonen 9th, and Mustonen was a lap down, due to a pit stop to replace the nose of the car. Cecotto then started to pass his rivals one by one, benefited from two retirements, and finished the weekend in an excellent 3rd place! Tomi was 6th , his best result of the year, and Mustonen could do nothing more than bring his damaged car home and collect as many points as possible.

Unfortunately, after being beaten on the track another team decided to keep racing after the chequered flag, and made a protest against Johnny Cecotto. Common sense prevailed and so did our 3rd place!

The upcoming weeks will be some of the busiest in the year, as the team heads to Barcelona for an Official Eurocup Test, and from there straight to Nurburgring and Zandvoort for back-to-back NEC events.