After missing the last six races in the championship, Taranov returned to action at the home of the British Grand Prix with a spring in his step, jumping back into the Scorpio Motorsport car and immediately setting a blistering pace during practice. In qualifying, this good form continued as the young Russian bagged pole position for race one and qualified P4 for race two, just 0.098 seconds off pole-sitter Wei Fung Thong.
From pole on Saturday, Taranov controlled the race after seizing the lead from Sam Macleod on lap five, eventually crossing the line 1.1 seconds ahead of Hillspeed’s Jake Cook. This marked the Russian’s first win in the main Formula Renault championship, having previously finished on the podium and also winning the race in Thruxton earlier this year only to be disqualified.
After the race on Saturday, Taranov made his delight clear.
“We had quite a difficult year so it’s great to come back like this, with our first win” he explained. “I really want to say a huge thank you to my team, Scorpio Motorsport, because they gave me a fantastic car – almost all of the credit for this win goes to them. For the whole year we knew we had the speed but we didn’t get a chance to show it, now to win the race it feels so great.”
However, the talented youngster went one step further on the Sunday. A packed crowd at Silverstone and a large number of viewers watching the race on ITV4 saw him take a second controlled victory of the weekend.
After making a good start, Taranov took advantage of a tangle between the two cars ahead heading onto the Wellington Straight that allowed him to move up to P1 and into a lead that he never relinquished. Once again, it was a display of total control, coming under pressure from Macleod in the early stages of the race only to respond by setting the fastest lap. Eventually, Taranov was able to steady his car home by half a second from Macleod, capping off an incredible weekend for the Russian.
“I knew we had the pace but, as I said yesterday, the races are quite unpredictable so you never know if things will work out,” he explained after missing out on the incident occurring behind him. “Obviously, it feels great and I want to say a huge thank you to Scorpio – they’ve been great all year. We didn’t have an opportunity to show what we could do earlier in the season, then I had to miss some races, but now we’re back and we’ve won.”
These were the only two races in 2013 not to be won by either Fortec or MGR Motorsports, proving Taranov’s potential as he returned to racing in the best possible way. He explained to Richland F1 after the race on Sunday that he is yet to confirm his plans for next season, but we can expect this talented youngster to continue his charge towards Formula One in 2014.
We would like to thank Ivan for his continued support of Richland F1 in 2013, and we look forward to see his progression through the ranks over the next few years.
Image courtesy of Nat Moore Photography.