Filip SalaquardaThe pre-race expectations were respected at Portimao by Prema Powerteam, as the Italian squad finally made its way back to the points zone at Portimao. thanks to a great performance by Filip Salaquarda. The Czech driver ended up in 10th place after starting from 20th, winning several duels including a particularly hard one with Niebilitskiy, who closed the door towards the pit wall.

“Salaquarda has come to the World Series Renault later this season – told Team Manager René Rosin – and he had to adapt to this type of cars. Without the chance to test, he had a tough time in getting a good feeling, but he eventually made it on such a difficult racetrack”. On Race 2, Salaquarda ended up in 12th, at the end on another convincing performance.

Julian Leal’s weekend was way less lucky, as he was hit by Ricciardo after taking off from 20th, and eventually finished in the 18th spot as he lost ground to the pack. On Race 2, he improved slightly after starting from 23rd, and took 17th. “We’re sorry for what happened to our rookie driver – told Rosin – because he had a good chance to shine as well. Unfortunately, a contact compromised a weekend of work at its very start”.

After the summer break, the World Series Renault will be back running on September 20 at the Nurburgring.