Sharon Scolari hopes previous experience will pay dividends as she targets an improved set of results at the next Formula Renault Northern European Cup event in Monza.
The Swiss made the step into international single-seater racing with the ScoRace Team in Pau last month [May], finishing fourth amongst the full-season NEC entries amid torrentially wet conditions before a gearbox problem brought her debut weekend to a premature end.
Nevertheless, Scolari looks forward to Monza – a circuit she has raced on before during her time in the Lotus Cup Europe – as the perfect opportunity to lay down a marker to her rivals.
“I couldn’t wait to make my debut in the Formula Renault NEC and, even more specially, run on a real city circuit like Pau,” said Scolari.
“Unfortunately, the weather didn’t help us on the set-up of the car, apart from the free practice on Friday with the sun, where I began to learn this new and challenging track, getting a continuous improvement of lap time.
“In qualifying, due to technical problems with the tires, I couldn’t make a good lap time. Racing the race 1 under the rain was very challenging because, beyond the complexity of the city circuit, it was also the first time I had compared with this car to a wet track situation.”
“I’m still happy to have participated in the first weekend of the championship and have been able to race in my first city circuit.”
She also paid tribute to the organising teams from MdH Communications, Michelin and Renault Sport for helping her team get up to speed quickly to enable them to focus on the task at hand.
“I was able to get to know the excellent organization of the Formula Renault NEC and the various technicians Renault Sport and Michelin, who proved to be very professional and useful to our team,” enthused Scolari.
“During the Monza weekend, a track in which I have already raced with GT cars before, I expect to be faster, as the feedback to the team for the car setup, will be more effective. I hope I can redeem myself, getting good results.”
The championship heads to the world-famous Italian circuit over the weekend of 28-30 June.