VALENCIA E-PRIX - HIGHLIGHTS & FACTS
Despite a challenging weekend in Valencia, Tom enjoyed his best-ever qualifying result
Suffered a disappointing result on Saturday after energy issues hampered much of the grid
Returning on Sunday, Tom utilised the track conditions to make his second Super Pole appearance of the season
From there, his efforts in the one-lap shootout rewarded him with a P3 starting position
He made an excellent start off the line and held firm in the top ten throughout the first half of the race
Struggling for pace in the second half, the Brit crossed the line in P17
TOM'S RACE REVIEW
“A big thanks to the team for all their hard work this weekend, it’s not been easy but they’ve given it their all regardless. Saturday was a tricky one for pretty much the whole grid and was a difficult race to manage with the weather and energy consumption. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite make it but we learnt plenty of lessons to take forwards.
“For Sunday, we were confident of a better showing with an improvement in the weather. The track was still drying and went through some rapid evolution in qualifying, which we were determined to make the most of being in group four. The team did an excellent job to make sure we capitalised on that so to get both cars through to Super Pole was a brilliant reward.
“With the track still changing, I knew that where I ran in Super Pole would probably be where I started the race and that was the case with P4 which then became P3 with Lotterer’s penalty. Overall, it felt like a good lap so I was really pleased to get the result.
“We knew we might struggle a bit in the race so our game plan was to just hold our ground as much as we could, save where we could and not take any risks. I made a really good getaway from the line but I had to back off and that allowed Oliver to get through on the inside.
“From there it was a case of managing the energy and keeping it clean, as the field was so closely bunched up. We struggled a bit for pace and that was reflected in the finishing order but we’ve learnt a lot of lessons which will put us in good stead as we move towards the second half of the season.”
Images courtesy of NIO 333 Racing.