Jaime AlguersuariJaime Alguersuari and Oliver Turvey took a podium each for Carlin Motorsport this weekend, with two third places at the Le Mans round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship. Alguersuari took third place in the second race today, while Turvey took his consecutive third place in race one yesterday. The Racing Steps Foundation driver had looked good for more solid points today, until a problem in his mandatory pit stop dropped him down the order.

With both Carlin drivers having made it through to Super Pole on Saturday, both Turvey and Alguersuari started in the top 12, Turvey qualifying third, with Alguersuari fifth.

With the top eight reversed for race one yesterday, Alguersuari lined up fourth, with Turvey sixth. Both drivers made a clean start despite a long wait for the lights to go out, although Alguersuari dropped to fourth, while Turvey moved up to fifth. Turvey stayed close to his Carlin team mate for duration of the race, keeping the Spanish racer under pressure until a locked brake on lap 23 caused Alguersuari to run wide, allowing Turvey to surge through to fourth. Unbeknown to Turvey, the British racer had just claimed the final podium spot, with second placed man Marco Barba having been handed a ten second time penalty for exceeding track limits, which also put Alguersuari fourth.

Lining up for race two today, Turvey was third with Alguersuari fifth. At the start Turvey dropped to sixth place, just behind team mate Alguersuari in fifth. With all drivers required to make a mandatory pit stop in today’s race, Alguersuari was the first Carlin driver to pit for new tyres on lap six, returning to the track following a quick stop by the Carlin crew. Team mate Turvey made his stop a few laps later, but a problem with the rear left wheel nut delayed his exit, meaning the British racer lost several places on track.

With all drivers having made their pit stop, Alguersuari had made up one place to lie third, while Turvey had dropped to 13th. Currently the top rookie in the series, Turvey pushed hard to make up for his misfortune in the pits and crossed the line in 11th place. Alguersuari meanwhile took his first Formula Renault 3.5 podium and finished as top rookie.

Commenting on his podium, Alguersuari said, “We had a good race, I think we are definitely making progress, so it was nice to see that rewarded with a third place today. For sure we still have a lot to do, in particular in improving front end grip. We need to focus now on raising our game and arriving at each race with the possibility to win.”

Speaking about his podium on Saturday Turvey said, “Qualifying went well, and we made a good improvement in Super Pole to qualify third. I got a good start and was able to overtake Charles Pic and got alongside Jaime but couldn’t get by. We had good pace and then Jaime made a mistake in turn four and I was able to get past him. I didn’t realise that we were competing for a podium, but it was great to finish third in the reverse grid race.”

Team principal added Trevor Carlin added, “With the quality of the drivers in the team this year, I’m not surprised to see both of them challenging for podiums and once again they have been consistently amongst the front runners all weekend. It’s a great shame that Oliver lost out on a probable fourth place today due to a problem in the pit stop, which wasn’t his fault at all, but he can be very proud of his pace and racing this weekend.”