It was obvious by Ross’ demeanor on Saturday that he was excited to race and clearly looking forward to the weekend’s competition. Early test sessions proved that he had the pace to run at the front, setting times way up on last year’s outings.
The first qualifying was an early one. Ross, still a bit bleary eyed, did not disappoint. His times were conservative early in the session as he found the grip on the track. After a short delay from a red flag, Ross set the fastest time of the morning. A 53:3 gave him pole for the first race of the weekend.
A perfect start as the lights went green gave Ross a comfortable lead into the first corner. The reverse direction makes turn one very tight and as long as you get there first, you do not need to defend very hard. Although Ross led the race, he struggled to break the tow by the challengers running behind. They pushed him hard for most of the race and he defended impeccably. In the closing laps he managed to give himself a comfortable gap, his driving relaxed and the fast times kept coming. Victory in race 1 for maximum points.
Another fantastic start – which Ross would later call his best of the year – again gave him the lead into turn 1. He ran at the front comfortably for the first few laps. British rival Matt Round-Garrido caught him and got by with ease as Ross struggled with old tyres. As Matt was a guest in the race, and knowing that his points would not be impacted, Ross opted to safely bring the car home rather than fight for his lead back.
Another perfect points haul for Ross in his 2018 campaign. Ross: “Big thanks to all my sponsors, also all the support from family and friends who come watch me.”