Tatiana Calderon made an impression upon her return to the European Formula 3 Open, taking her Emilio de Villota Motorsport-prepared racer to sixth and seventh positions at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya last weekend (8-10 November).
Clocking up as many miles as possible in preparation for her 2014 campaign has been Calderon’s primary objective of late.
With this in mind, the young female racer has tested an eclectic array of machinery – from a 550bhp Auto GP single-seater to a high-powered Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 – while also committing to a sole F3 Open outing with the Spanish Emilio de Villota team.
Calderon’s enthusiasm for the Montmelo-based Circuit de Catalunya was visible from the outset of the weekend, the young lady racer performing well during free practice before recording the sixth fastest time in qualifying.
The Colombian’s impressive return to the European F3 Open grid continued in the first of two races on Saturday afternoon as she received the chequered flag in a highly respectable sixth place following a crowd-pleasing battle with title-contender Sandy Stuvik.
Additional points for a seventh place finish, ahead of BVM duo Mario Marasca and Vicky Piria, in Sunday’s much-anticipated season finale was a positive conclusion to Calderon’s F3 Open return and left her in high spirits as she departed the Barcelona venue.
“Circuit de Catalunya is one of my favourites but it was especially satisfying to come away from there with such positive results,” said Calderon. “I’ve been doing quite a lot of testing in very different cars recently so, not only do these results show how adaptable I have become, they also prove that I’ve made a lot of progress since my last European F3 Open outing in 2012. I had great fun on the track and it was a good way of finishing the season and I’d like to thank Emilio de Villota Motorsport for the opportunity.”
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