Indian driver Sailesh Bolisetti continued his good form at round three of the Euro Racecar championship at Brands Hatch, recording his second top-10 finish of the weekend on Sunday.
Despite a difficult run-up to the weekend, the 24-year old from Vizag finished 9th in race one on Saturday and was looking for a better result to round off the weekend. However bad luck with the safety car prevented that from happening.
“We could’ve done better as the pace was good, we were a bit unlucky with the safety car and the restart but overall it was good to run in the top-10 throughout the weekend”, Bolisetti said later.
After starting 11th on the grid for race two, Bolisetti once again gained a few places on the opening lap – like he did in the first race.
But two laps into the race, the safety car came out because of a crash. Sailesh was held up at restart and found himself boxed in between a few cars, which seemed to have started passing before crossing the start-finish line.
“It was a shame as the restart is a good time to make places at a track like this where overtaking is otherwise difficult”, he said.
“We took the issue up with stewards, but couldn’t get any satisfactory explanation as to how things work, which was disappointing”, he added.
Ultimately, Sailesh recovered enough to cross the line in 10th place – recording his second consecutive top-10 finish of the weekend.
“It was our strongest weekend of the season but I’m not entirely happy knowing we could’ve done better”, he said.
“The team is very happy with Sailesh’s performance. All other drivers with whom Sailesh is competing are much more experienced than him and finishing in top ten in the third round is a very good sign. Because its his first year in this series and this kind of stock cars, he needs more practice time which is the main problem. But he kept on improving from the beginning and with more practice we are sure he can reach the top”, said Alain Veyssière, Scorpus Racing team principal.
The next round of the Euro Racecar Series will be held at the Tours Speedway on July 6.