25 September 2015
FR3.5 Le Mans: Vaxiviere hoping to impress home crowd
The Lotus driver, who is one of three French representatives on the 19 car grid, is aiming to secure wins and pole positions in the hopes of halting Oliver Rowland's championship win.
Championship contender Matthieu Vaxiviere is hoping perform well in front of his home crowd this weekend at the eighth round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship in Le Mans.
The Lotus driver, who is one of three French representatives on the 19 car grid, is aiming to secure wins and pole positions in the hopes of halting Oliver Rowland's championship win. Rowland could mathematically win the title this weekend but a strong showing from Frenchman Vaxiviere could see the decider reach the season finale at Jerez next month.
Speaking to Crash.net , the 20-year-old conceded that, while he does not feel any additional pressure this weekend, there is more excitement as he negotiates the twists and turns of Le Man's challenging circuit.
“I don't feel any extra pressure being here. I feel very happy for a race to be in France, I have lots of friends and support here,” he said. “I'm really excited to race, it is very nice to be at a home race.”
Although Vaxiviere was born and raced in France, his upbringing in the city of Limoges and his single-seater career thus far has meant limited running on the circuit. He was due to compete in the world renowned endurance race before breaking his back while competing at Monaco last year.
“I don't know this circuit like crazy because I did just two days of testing in Formula F4 in 2011 so that was a while ago,” he explained. “It is okay though, we can learn the track really quickly, all racing drivers should be able to do this.”
The Lotus junior, who partners a returning Marlon Stockinger following a driver shake up at the Czech outfit, finished fifth overall during Friday practice. One time was deleted after he exceeded track limits but, as he tells Crash.net , this poses no concern to him or his race engineer.
“It was just one lap where I had problems with track limits,” he continued. “I was pushing, was not so good and missed one corner but I think I probably lost time when I made the mistake.”
“I hope I can do well here. We will see what tomorrow brings. For sure, we will want to be on pole.”
Vaxiviere has thus far secured five pole positions, converting this qualifying pace into three wins throughout the season. He sits 50 points adrift from his rival, equivalent to two wins, with four races remaining.
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