Sagrera adds another podium in Jerez
With more merit than ever, the 19-year-old driver adds to his list of achievements and eagerly awaits the final three races of the season in which Álex Palou will be present working together with him.
A Consistent Weekend for Javier Sagrera at the Jerez Circuit. On Friday, during the unofficial practice sessions that allow for car preparation ahead of the weekend, a technical issue with the Palou Motorsport single-seater prevented him from completing a lap on the Spanish track. Things didn't start off in the best way possible, and on Saturday, with renewed enthusiasm, he returned to the car for free practice sessions but was unable to complete a lap once again. On Saturday afternoon, during the qualifying session to set the starting grid for Race 1, the driver gave a masterful performance and secured the fourth position despite not having had any prior track time. Double merit for the Catalan, who managed to make the most of the situation when it mattered.
In the first race held that same evening, he made a good start, reaching second place and maintaining that position for much of the race. In the final stages, he lost some power and had to 'settle' for the third step of the podium. A valuable result, considering the weekend he had experienced up to that point.
"It's been a weekend of ups and downs. We started on Friday without being able to complete a single lap on the circuit due to technical issues with the car. I got back in the single-seater on Saturday for the two free practices, but I couldn't complete a lap either. In the afternoon, during qualifying, without having turned a lap in Jerez, we finished fourth. Not bad to 'officially' start the weekend. In the first race, starting from that position, I secured second place, held it for most of the session, managing well until I had a power issue towards the end and finished third. A very valuable podium given our situation," commented the driver himself.
On Sunday, there was another qualifying session that determined the grid positions for the second and final race of the weekend. Once again, facing some setbacks, he couldn't qualify beyond twelfth place. In the race, eager to fight and move forward, he had a slight contact with another driver that hampered his start. However, Sagrera was determined to move forward and tried to climb positions until crossing the finish line in seventh place.
"On Sunday, we lost a lot of pace compared to what we had on Saturday afternoon, and in qualifying, we finished twelfth. Starting from that position, another driver made slight contact with me at the start, and I had to deal with that situation. Afterward, I managed my race while maximizing the car's performance and finished in seventh place. Overall, it was a very consistent weekend, and next up in Estoril, we need to keep working, especially on improving the car's speed. Alex Palou will be joining me, so that's a bonus for working hard and achieving the improvement we need."
Without a break this time, the Eurocup-3 arrives at Estoril this weekend (September 30 - October 1) for the sixth event of a season with three more races to go."