Towards the end of 2015 and into the start of 2016 Apex Racing UK had five drivers who attempted to gain their Pro licenses in the last ever official series to use the Williams FW31. Below is a summary on how the season went and what to look forward to when the WCS 2016 kicks off this coming weekend.
From the outside my championship went well, got my licence and had some good race results. But from my point of view this Pro series was a disaster. I made so many mistakes and got caught up with slower cars when trying to overtake. Several races I had the pace to win but things went wrong or I made a mistake which ruined my chance at winning the championship and is why I lost motivation to compete in the last few races.
On the bright side due to so many mistakes there were many lessons learned about myself and my driving which will help moving forward. The team worked very hard for this Pro series and all of our drivers achieved their licence which will make the World Championship very interesting and should be fun to see how we perform.
I was happy with my result. I felt a Top 10 was possible but as it played out it didn’t work out that way, but I’m hoping to improve and get quicker in the new car. Some races went well, such as Interlagos or Montréal. Some didn’t like Watkins, but overall I really enjoyed the great racing and I’m hoping for more good results. The guys worked very hard for the well deserved results so I can’t wait to see how the team performs in the World Championship.
Coming into the Pro Series I was looking forward to it, I just didn’t want to encounter any mishaps especially early on so my mindset all along was consistency is key. In the long run it payed off as I came out with 8th, but at round 1 I seemed to forget since I got a speeding in the pits penalty for my first pit stop of the season. The tracks in between Brazil and Watkins Glen I knew weren’t my strongest or ones I particularly enjoyed so during the race, pacing myself not overdoing it and just playing it safe to get to the end was more or less my strategy. I would’ve liked a few more top 10 positions than I achieved since I only managed 2 at Spa and Watkins Glen, but after the Monza fiasco I encountered you live and you learn, it was best to learn from the mistakes during the Pro series than make them during the World Championship! All in all for the whole team it was great to get all 5 of us promoted to the WCS along with Alex, Antoine and Seb to have an 8 strong team going forward with the MP4-30.
Maarten van Loozenoord