Lucas Orrock headed out to Estoril in Spain to partake in the first race meeting of the season in the Seat Leon Eurocup. The team he signed for was Zest Racecar Engineering, who he had previously raced with during the 24 Hours of Silverstone in early April. He headed out to the Spanish circuit in hopes of starting the season as he means to go on.

On the 22nd April Lucas headed out in his Miltek Sport backed Seat Leon race car for his first free practice of the season at 9:50am. He had only previously tested the car once ahead of the first race weekend so was hoping to not run into any mechanical issues like he had suffered from gearbox issues during the test session prior to the weekend, causing him to not get much running in. He headed out and got some good practice in and was relatively happy with the lap times he was setting as it was his first time out properly in the car. He finished the session in twelfth place, much further back than where he was hoping to be but he did not let it phase him.

Later that day Lucas went back out onto the circuit for the second free practice session, the weather during the session was mainly dry but a few spots of rain had begun appearing around the circuit. He got more running in the car and began to see improvements from the car in the lap times so was hopeful of making bigger jumps forward during the qualifying session.

On Saturday 23rd April it was time for Lucas to head out to qualify for his first races in the Seat Leon Eurocup. He managed to qualify the car in tenth place, not where Lucas wanted to be. However, for race two of the weekend he would start from pole due to qualifying in tenth and being promoted to pole position for the reversed grid race. Lucas was pretty happy with the outcome as he knew he had the pace he needed, and was extremely excited to be able to see what he could do when starting from pole.

Race one took place later in the day on Saturday and Lucas was looking forward to seeing how his race pace would compare to the other competitors. He got an okay start off the line and was up into eighth by lap four but then he began struggling for pace and started dropping back. He fell back out of the top ten and subsequently ended up going off, damaging the car and terminating his race there and then. Luckily for Lucas the damage was not too severe and the team were able to repair the car ready for race two the following day. Lucas knew he needed to change some of the set up dramatically to have any hope of getting the pace right. Times like this it is very easy to let the bad luck defeat you but Lucas knew he couldn’t let that happen so he fought back against it.

Sunday morning ahead of the second race Lucas and the team made some changes to the car and got it ready to go for race two. He got a good start and was running well before he once again began dropping back. He finished the race in twelfth place out of fifteen drivers. He is now looking to focus on the next round of the championship and not dwell on the previous weekend.

The next round of the Seat Leon Eurocup will take place at Lucas’ home track Silverstone in the UK over the weekend of the 14th and 15th May.

© Fay Tilley 6th May 2016.