Taranov scores maiden Formula Renault podium

Taranov scores maiden Formula Renault podium

0633LW1D3227Russian starlet Ivan Taranov has claimed his first podium in the Protyre Formula Renault championship at the opening round of the season today at Donington Park.

Taranov, who is racing for Scorpio Motorsport in his third season in the championship, qualified 7th for the first race of the season, but unfortunately his charge ended on lap one following a tangle in the midfield which saw him hit. Refusing to back down, the Russian driver responded in perfect fashion with a spectacular performance in race two.

Having started sixth, Taranov dropped down to P7, but he soon made up the ground, tailing championship leader Chris Middlehurst through the field to finish an excellent third. To underline his good pace, Taranov set the fastest lap of the race, showing just what great potential he has.

“I had a good start and some good, clean laps and then some nice overtaking,” Taranov said after the race. “I had the fastest lap too so we definitely have the pace.”

He has now set his sights on challenging for his first single seater championship.

“I hope we can score more points in the next races and challenge for the title.”

As well as competing in the UK, Taranov is partaking in the Formula Renault Alps championship in Europe this season. This will see him race at iconic circuits such as Spa-Francorchamps, Monza and Imola.

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic.

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