James Roe Jnr, Naas
Naas driver James Roe Jr has just finished a very successful opening season on the US circuit, winning last weekend and finishing in second place overall.
Roe Jr. came into last weekend in 4th position of the season championship. Positions 2 through 5 of the championship were tightly grouped but Roe Jr. was not only looking for strong individual performances, but to move up in the season championship standings – he was able to achieve both.
Practice went smoothly for Roe Jr. In Practice 1 he was quickest by a staggering 4 seconds on a damp track. Practice 2 was run under dry conditions with Roe Jr. ending up P2 after being P1 until the last lap.
For Race 1, Roe Jr. started from P2 on the front row. Once the green flag flew, Roe Jr. seized command of the race and never looked back leading every lap and winning by 3 seconds. This marked Roe Jr’s 3rd win of the season. “It was great to start the weekend off with a win” said Roe Jr. “Once I got the lead I just focused on making no errors and I pulled away comfortably”
For Race 2, Roe Jr. started from P4 following an incredibly competitive qualifying session with the top 4 cars being separated by a mere .083 seconds. Roe Jr. ended up finishing on the podium in 3rd place.
"Race 2 was a little frustrating” said Roe. Jr. “The start was messy as the leader never did a rolling start from pole position before. I fell back some places initially then worked on getting back up the order. By the time I got back into P3 the lead two had broken away. It was a pity as I had a fast car, fast enough for the fastest race lap."
Roe Jr’s win in Race 1 combined with his 3rd place finish and fastest lap in Race 2 were enough for him to secure 2nd place in the overall season championship.
“Overall I think it was a very positive year. Obviously we had some misfortune from the DNF’s so we ended up 2nd in the overall championship in my first year here in the US, which is really encouraging" as I look ahead and plan for next season."