Third time lucky for Freddy

23 Aug 2010

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By: Freddy Nordstrom

Another weekend in Spain saw Freddy’s 2010 SEAT Supercopa assault take shape, as his campaign finally got started in the right way at Portimao last weekend (3/4th July).


After two rounds of bad luck Freddy at last got to enjoy three race finishes, having completed a trio of outings at the Algarve-based circuit.


Friday saw the thirty-two car grid enjoy two free practice sessions, followed by qualifying. After suffering problems at Valencia and Jarama, Freddy was out to prove he meant business at Portimao; despite still experiencing a car glitch the young racer set the 14th fastest time in qualifying.


Ready for the first race, the grid took form. In true Freddy style, the first lap saw the Advent Motorsport ace rocket up to 12th place, making up a number of places from the off. By lap six the drama found him once more, when he was hit by another driver, causing damage to his SEAT Leon. Regardless of the damage, Freddy fought through to finish in 17th place.


With race two taking place immediately afterwards, Freddy lined up on the grid for the second time, this time starting 17th. Doing his best to drive through his apparent car problems, the youngster did his upmost to fight off his rivals, despite his SEAT being evidently low on pace when compared to others. After fighting as hard as he could he eventually took the chequered flag for the second time of the day, this time in 18th place.


The third and final race saw Freddy start from 18th on the grid, which he soon transformed as he again flew through the pack. His talent shone through once more, as he put to bed his car’s woes to finish a remarkable 14th.


After careful attention to his SEAT Leon it was deemed that the boost pressure was significantly lower than that of other cars, meaning he was a good deal lower on power than others. Considering his disadvantage it was another sterling performance from him, showing he refuses to be overcome by issues.


“It was good to start and finish all three races, but it was still frustrating to have yet more problems,” said Freddy. “The performance just wasn’t where I’d hoped it would be with the lack of pace, but we did what we could to work around it,” he added.


Freddy is now looking forward to a prominent meeting in just two weeks time, as he embarks on a slightly different journey. Contesting the British round of the SEAT Eurocup championship, he will return to the familiar Brands Hatch circuit, again supporting the prestigious World Touring Car Championship and Formula 2 series. “I can’t wait for Brands Hatch, it’s going to be a very exciting weekend for us,” he said. “Brands is a fantastic circuit and I’m looking forward to racing at one of the most renowned circuits in motor racing,” he added.

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