A1 Team Canada's latest rookie recruit Robert Wickens, followed up an impressive A1GP event debut at Brno with trips to Portugal and Spain for the final two rounds of the World Series by Renault.

The 18-year-old set the pace in the rookie sessions in the Czech Republic before heading to Estoril for his first outing in the World Series with Carlin Motorsport.

Scoring a twelfth place finish in the first of the weekend's double-header races after starting 18th on the grid, Wickens backed that up with a tenth place finish in race two to score a point on his debut weekend - a goal he'd earlier set himself.

Showcasing his confidence behind the wheel of the Dallara-Renault, Wickens then captured sixth on the grid for the season finale in Barcelona and duly scored more points with a seventh place finish at the flag.

The second race saw him start fourth thanks to the reverse top-ten used by the World Series by Renault and a podium finish was the target before a spin dropped him down to 18th. A solid recovery drive saw the rookie just miss out on the points with an eleventh place finish, although his lap times as he stormed the field were equal to those of the race leaders.

"It was pretty satisfying to score points in both Portugal and Spain," he said. "I knew that I had the pace to get a podium in the second race in Spain so it was a bit of a bummer that I was taken out at the first corner but overall both events were good experiences for me.

"The A1GP car's fun to drive as you're sliding it around and working on the balance whereas the World Series car has phenomenal grip in comparison. The two are complete opposites to drive but I had a blast in both cars. I thoroughly enjoyed my debut with A1 Team Canada earlier in October and I hope my efforts in the rookie session helped the team.

"We might not always get to go P1 in every session but as long as we're improving our competitiveness that's what counts!"



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