It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for the Carlin team in Nuburgring this weekend, as the team’s Formula Renault 3.5 drivers Oliver Turvey and Jaime Alguersuari enjoyed strong races on Saturday, but mixed results on Sunday. Turvey made the most of his sixth place grid slot in race one to finish fourth, while Alguersuari was on a charge to finsh in fifth. Race two however was a different story, with Turvey retiring due to a mechanic problem and Alguersuari managing to cling on to sixth place.

Both drivers maintained a 100 per success rate in making it through to the Super Pole session on Saturday. With only the top 12 drivers making it through to the 10 minute Super Pole session, Turvey continued his good form to qualify third, while Alguersuari battled with understeer to qualify tenth.

The first race of the weekend kicked off on Saturday and saw the top eight qualifiers from Super Pole reversed. Turvey therefore lined up sixth with Alguersuari tenth. Turvey made a fantastic start and did well to make it round after being squeezed at the first corner. Alguerusari meanwhile had made a lightning start and had catapulted up to fifth place.

The Carlin duo both saw some scrappy racing as the race continued and did well to avoid any accidents as they were passed by John Lancaster and Fairuz Fauzy which pushed them down the order. However, Lancaster was later handed a 10 second penalty, which moved the Carlin racers back up a place. As the race came to a close Turvey and Alguersuari were line astern, with Turvey crossing the line in fourth place, and Alguersuari fifth.

As the drivers lined up for race two, Turvey took his third place grid slot with Alguersuari once again lining up in tenth. While Alguersuari managed to keep his tenth place, Turvey dropped to seventh after losing out at the start. Having dropped down the order, Turvey found himself in stuck in traffic, prompting the team to pit Turvey early to give him space on track. Following quick in and out laps and a fast stop by the Carlin team, the Racing Steps Foundation driver had made up one place by the time he returned to the track. Turvey’s fortunes changed on lap 16 however, when a mechanical problem put him into retirement.

Alguersauri meanwhile was moving gradually up the order. Following a quick pit stop, the F1 racer was sixth, the position he would retain to the chequered flag.

Alguersuari said, “I don’t think this weekend was one of our strongest of the season; I was suffering from understeer in qualifying and again in the races. We made a lot of changes to the car before the second race, and I think the car we had at the end was probably the best it had been all weekend. I think we should be fairly happy with the results this weekend, you have to have some difficult races and some good races to keep learning. I think we have to look forward to the next race at Motorland which will be tough as no-one knows the track, but at the same time it will be exciting.”