By Marianne Curtis
In just his second race weekend in the very competitive Formula Renault Italia Championship, Niverville’s home grown race car driver, David Richert, was able to come away with a top ten finish at the Misano World Circuit in Italy.
With rain clouds looming all around the track, Richert drove his car to the checker flag for a tenth place result on July 24. Richert was Canada’s lone representative as drivers from around the world took to the track for the double-header race weekend.
“Clearly I’m in at the deep end as most of the other drivers have experience at this circuit, so it’ll be a challenge but we’ll stick to the game plan and see what happens” stated Richert before the race.
Richert admits that his success came as a surprise due to his lack of experience and level of funding is significantly lower than that of his competition, but what he lacked in raw speed, he was able to make up for with tact.
“There were a lot of fast drivers here this weekend,” Richert recalled. “But this just proves that if you drive with your rear-end instead of your head, things won’t always work out for you. So I was happy to drive around the carnage with a smile on my face.”
Starting from the first lap of the race and continuing through two Safety Car periods, many drivers made mistakes which allowed Richert to capitalize on the opportunity for a strong race.
Richert is now back home getting ready to return to Italy for future race events this season.
In his second race of the season, Niverville’s David Richert pulled off a top ten finish at the Misano World Circuit in Italy July 24.