Canadian Luke Chudleigh enjoyed his best showing of the season at the weekend, 24th-25th May, competing in Round 3 of the 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS Series at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
The 19-year-old collected a fifth place finish on Saturday followed by ninth at the checkered on Sunday competing for Tech1 Racing.
The Milton racer was fast out of the box during Friday’s practice sessions and carried his form over into qualifying for the opening race. Taking fifth on the grid, he then ensured he maintained his level of speed throughout the 16-lap race around the 4.3km Austrian circuit.
|Luke Chedleigh (Photo: Luke Chudleigh Racing)|
On pace with the top-three and successfully defending from a pack all fighting for fifth, Luke held off his challengers to score fifth at the checkered, improving on his previous best of eighth place two weeks ago at Pau.
Sunday’s outing had Luke starting from seventh but another trademark fast getaway had him up to fifth by the first turn at the start. Questionable racing from Italy’s Ignazio D’Agosto, notably cutting the track in an effort to try and pass Chudleigh, saw the Canadian flat-spot his tires while defending.
While D’Agosto would later be penalized for his actions, Luke’s pace was compromised and he wound up ninth at the checkered, still a solid result but less than was expected given his earlier form.