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2017 Driver Ratings School Report: Ruben del Sarte

Year: First

Team: HHC Motorsport

TERM ONE

Grade: C-

Comment: Del Sarte enjoyed a solid start to his Ginetta Junior career. Whilst he spent the majority of the first half of the season at the bottom of the top 10, he finished all but one race before the summer break and took a number of rookie podiums. He left Croft 11th in the championship and third highest rookie.

TERM TWO

Grade: C

Comment: Continuing to learn and develop, del Sarte improved in the second half of the season. He managed a string of top 10 results and a season’s best finish of seventh at Brands Hatcch. He completed the second half of the year without a single retirement, with a lowest finish of 12th after the summer break.

Overall Grade: C

Best moment of the season: Having finished 11th in the first race on the Brands Hatch GP circuit, del Sarte lined up on the seventh row of the grid for race two. He enjoyed a strong start, moving up through the field on the opening lap and narrowly avoiding a three-car collision just ahead of him on track. As the safety car was brought out to clear the cars of Adam Smalley, Luke Browning, and Finley Green, del Sarte was running seventh, just behind Tom Wood. On the restart, he stayed on the back of the leading pack, but gradually fell away from the top six and came under pressure from Tom Canning. On the penultimate lap of the race, del Sarte and Canning both found pace and joined the eight-way fight at the top of the order, but neither made up a position. Seventh was his best finish of the season, an achievement he’d already managed at Donington Park and would go on to take again in the final race of the season.

Worst moment of the season: Del Sarte’s only retirement of the season came after the a chaotic incident in the second race at Doningotn Park. The HHC Motorsport driver was running at the back of a four car battle for sixth when a collision further down the order brought out the yellow flags. Just ahead of him, Sebastian Priaulx tapped the back Harry King as the Elite Motorsport car slowed for the yellow flags. King was sent into a spin and del Sarte moved over to try to avoid contact, but King hit him in the side as he tried to continue. It was a disappointing end to the race, but del Sarte was able to get back out in for the third race of the weekend.

Feature credit: Caroline Rhea

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