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Stunning fightback from Palmer after reliability heartbreak

For qualifying on Saturday, Palmer went out at the front and put in a series of very quick laps to end up second, less than two hundredths off of pole after featuring near the top of the timesheet throughout the twenty minute session.

However, race one ended all too quickly for Will, as despite taking the lead with a fantastic start, a problem with the fuel pump caused the car to stop just after the first corner. As well as losing a potential win, the result meant that Palmer would have to start at the back of the field for race two.

"Race one was incredibly disappointing for me; to be leading the race with Russell only sixth and Hyman down the order as well was the perfect situation, and I have no doubt I had the pace to win it and take the championship lead without the fuel pump issue. Unfortunately though these things can happen in motorsport, so we'll make sure it doesn't happen again and move on."

For race two, a downpour had made the track wet, meaning most of the drivers opted for the wet tyres. Will and several others chose to start on slick tyres, and this proved to be an inspired decision. A strong first lap saw Palmer move up to 14th having started 20th, and over the following five laps Palmer carved through the field to move all the way up to third place.

Having lost a lot of time passing all the cars that had started on wets, Will had lost a lot of ground to the two slick shod cars in front of him, Sennan Fielding and Gaetano Di Mauro, and with three laps to go was over eleven seconds off the leader. A blistering pace on a still slippery track meant that Palmer closed the gap to race winner Fielding to less than three seconds by the flag, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.

"Race two was really enjoyable to come from the back to finish on the podium, which was obviously helped a lot by the conditions. We were confident in the assembly area that slicks would be the right choice, and as soon as we started the green flag lap I knew for sure that as long as I didn't go off, I would beat everyone who had chosen to start on wets. The pace was also very strong, with me lapping around two seconds per lap faster than the leader, so had I not been starting at the back I'm sure I would have had a good chance of the win!"

With the grid for race three decided by the fastest laptimes of each driver across both races, Will again would have to start towards the back, although his fastest lap from the damp second race was enough to move him up a few places to 17th on the grid.

Palmer got a good start and a very aggressive first lap saw him complete it in 11th place. After passing Rahul Raj Mayer at The Loop and Rodrigo Fonseca and Diego Menchaca at Brooklands, Will moved into eighth place on lap two, and he then passed Chris Middlehurst with a very bold move at the high speed Maggots chicane to move into seventh.

There was then a gap of around three seconds in front to championship leader George Russell, and Will set about catching him by setting the second fastest lap of the race, beaten only by Raoul Hyman who had used two new tyres. However, a problem with the rear bar occurred on lap five which hindered Palmer, so despite still closing in on Russell towards the end of the race, he would be forced to settle for seventh place.

"The first few laps of race three were really fun as I was just trying to carve through those in front of me as quickly as possible. Afterwards I was hopeful of catching those in front, but the problem with the rear bar effectively ended any chance of that happening. Still, to take points back off the championship leader today despite starting at the back in both races is a great result".

The retirement in race one means Will has lost one place in the championship, but is still only 36 points off the championship lead, and with 285 points still on offer, all is still to play for when the championship resumes at Brands Hatch on 30th and 31st August.

Latest Results

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain
Race 2
1.G Alesi16 laps
2.A Hubert+2.077s
3.J Hughes+2.376s
4.J Correa+3.295s
5.D Boccolacci+3.593s
6.N Kari+3.959s
7.C Ilott+4.904s
8.S Laaksonen+5.544s
9.L Pulcini+6.103s
13.W Palmer+12.603s

Latest Eurocup Standings

1.S Fenestraz367.5 points
2.W Palmer298 points
3.R Shwartzman285 points
4.M Defourny255 points
5.G Aubry232 points
6.M Fewtrell164 points
7.D Ticktum134 points
8.Y Ye106.5 points
9.R Verschoor89 points
10.A Peroni72 points