Lucas Orrock headed to Mugello to compete in the Seat Leon Eurocup with the Wolf Power Racing team on 15th of July. The Friday consisted of two free practice sessions and a qualifying session. This weekend Lucas was aiming to qualify within the top ten and hopefully have a top five finish.
During the practice sessions he was learning the limits of the circuit in the Seat cup car. The first half of the second session was wet with the track drying in the second half. In the wet conditions Lucas topped the timing screens but after the circuit dried up he finished in fourth. He was immensely happy with how the day had gone as there were a total of twenty-seven cars taking part in this weekend.
Qualifying took place later in the day on Friday, Lucas headed out onto the circuit with his top ten goal. With just over ten minutes having passed in the session he was sitting in sixth place before coming in to change tyres. When the session ended Lucas had qualified in eighth place, if he had been two tenths quicker he would have been inside the top five. This showed just how competitive the championship has begun to be. With twenty-seven cars competing on the circuit Lucas was proud to have done so well but was not satisfied as he knew he could do better. With the top ten being reversed to set the grid for race two, Lucas will start from third for the second encounter. A podium was definitely achievable with Lucas’ pace and talent.
Saturday consisted of an autograph signing session for the Seat Leon Eurocup racers and race one of the weekend taking place later in the day. Race one came around and Lucas headed out onto the circuit with his mind focused on the race and wanting to achieve his top five finish. Off the line Lucas got a good start and followed teammate Alex Morgan. He got himself up into fifth place and was chasing down fourth place. Part way through the race the safety car was deployed due to other drivers making mistakes. This meant the field got bunched up again ready for the restart once the safety car peeled into the pits. Lucas battled and defended with all his might to retain fifth place and managed to hold the position until he crossed the line. He achieved the goal he had set himself and taken his top five finish. This was such a strong result to Lucas after suffering a tough start to the year.
Race two took place on Sunday, Lucas was determined to try and take his first podium finish which was definitely possible with his third place start. He got a good start off the line and made his way past the second placed driver part way through the race. He was into second and was beginning to try and close the gap to the leader. First place had a three second lead with eighteen minutes of the race remaining. Stian Paulsen caught up with Lucas after starting eighth. Instead of fighting Paulsen, Lucas decided to let him pass as he was quicker. The two worked together to chase down the leader with just a few laps of the race remaining. Lucas took the flag to take third place.
Every goal Lucas set for himself he achieved. His determination and progress is very visible after his tough start to the year. At the opening round Lucas started on pole for the second race and finished near the back of the field. Just a few months later he managed to start third and fight to keep on the podium. He has come so far since the start of the season and has shown massive amounts of progress since changing from Zest Racecar Engineering to Wolf Power Racing. I don’t think it will be long until we see Lucas on the top step of the podium. He is a fast and very talented driver, with the right car and team behind him he can work wonders. There is now quite a wait until the next round of the championship which takes place at the Red Bull Ring on the 10th/11th of September.
©Fay Tilley 23rd July 2016.