Felix Rosenqvist got to visit the podium when he made his touring car debut as a guest driver at the German SEAT Leon Supercopa (one of the support classes to the DTM championship) round at Dijon-Prenois in France this weekend. Having finished fourth in the first race on Saturday, Rosenqvist started Race 2 on Sunday from third on the grid - a position he kept to the finish while withstanding pressure from 2009 champion Thomas Marschall at the end of the race. The result made Rosenqvist the best-placed driver of the four-man strong Burgmann Racing powered by Pole Promotion team.
“The SEAT is obviously very different from anything I’ve ever driven before, but I could adapt quite well anyway,” Rosenqvist says. “I didn’t really expect to finish on the podium as a guest driver, especially not regarding the fact that this was the penultimate round of the season, but I took it easy and improved step-by-step. SEAT Leon Supercopa is an exciting category, and I think the amount of wheel-to-wheel fights is probably the biggest difference to single-seater racing from a sporting point of view.”
Felix qualified in fifth for Race 1, but shortly before the start the heavens opened and Dijon-Prenois was flooded with water. Rosenqvist, however, got away well despite a complete lack of wet-weather running and remained in control throughout on his way to fourth. In the second race, Felix battled with team-mate Shane Williams and eventual race winner Damian Sawicki - a battle that resulted in the place on the podium for a satisfied Rosenqvist.
“I’m definitely happy, and the circuit was actually a very pleasant surprise,” Rosenqvist concludes. “I think it’s good to try a couple of new categories and car types during the autumn period, and SEAT Leon Supercopa has given me important practice as I’m a complete newcomer to the concept. However, next weekend I will return to single-seaters as I will do the Formula Palmer Audi finale at Snetterton in England. Hopefully, it will be another smooth transition for me!”
Already tomorrow morning, Felix Rosenqvist will test the Formula Palmer Audi car ahead of the Snetterton event.