Chloe gains valuable experience in mixed weather conditions
in Austrian opener
Chloe Grant heads to the second round of the F1 Academy in Spain next weekend (5-7 May) much more confident after recording two top-10 placings on her series debut.
The 17-year-old from Perth, made her maiden race appearance for the ART Grand Prix team by competing in the opening event of the series at the Red Bull Ring in Austria last weekend (28-29 Apr).
She posted ninth and 10th placings on her first-ever visit to the RBR, competing against many more experienced drivers, but gained masses of knowledge which she can use to good effect in the next three races at Valencia.
Chloe, an official Ecurie Ecosse “driver”, started all three races from ninth place on the 15-car grid after wet qualifying sessions – the highest-placed British driver on the 30mins Race 1 grid. Despite contact with another car on the final lap, Loughborough College student Grant recorded a 10th place finish but encountered a transmission issue in Race 2 causing retirement. In Race 3, she finished ninth having run as high as fifth, all races having been staged in dry conditions.
Her season is supported by Laser Tools, John Clark Motor Group, Kevin Cuthbert PT and Fierce Racing.
Chloe said: “The team and I learned a lot at the opening event last weekend which I firmly believe will help us massively heading to Spain this weekend.
“After qualifying and the three races in Austria, I’m feeling much more confident looking towards Valencia. It’s a big learning curve but I was generally happy with my pace.
“It was good to experience the car in both wet and dry conditions – which again I can put to good effect at future events during the season.”