Difficult start to the EuroCup-3 season in Spa-Francorchamps due to the rain

Weather conditions on the season opener at the Belgian track were the cause behind the cancellation of most of the weekend’s sessions. The team barely had an opportunity to show its pace.

Second ever EuroCup-3 season kicked off this weekend at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps Circuit. Tricky weather conditions played a determinant role on this championship opener. Session cancellations and a series of misfortunes left GRS with no chance to fight at the top.

Action got started on Thursday with two testing sessions. The first of them took place under heavy rain. Isaac Barashi was competitive under those conditions, ending in second place. Second session was held under mixed weather. Barashi had technical issues on his car, which stopped from setting proper lap times. Due to other commitments, Nikola Tsolov did not take part on these tests.

Coming into Friday, the weather was atrocious again. Drivers hit the track for the sole Free Practice session. After two red flags, it was cancelled due to the conditions. This situation repeated itself on qualifying sessions, which were abandoned before they started. With no other references, Thursday’s times were used to set the starting grid, which harmed the team’s interests. Isaac would start the Race 1 from P23, and Nikola from P25.

Rain gave us a break and the first race could take place on a wet track. Nikola started gaining positions quickly until he was involved in an incident with other drivers and had to retire. Isaac completed the race as the conditions got worse on the closing laps, and crossed the finish line in 21st position. The fastest lap order would set the grid for Race 2, with Nikola being 10th, and Isaac 23rd.

On Saturday, conditions were terrible as well as we got to the track. Rain was falling heavily, and postponing the race would be impossible due to the event’s logistics. Race 2 was therefore cancelled, and the weekend was brought to an abrupt end.

It was a meeting to forget, where we barely had any track time, and which makes us start the season with no points. Round 2 will take place in 4 weeks’ time, on May 18-19 at the Red Bull Ring, in Austria. We hope to have better conditions there.