Matt Parry claimed a brace of podium finishes as he made a guest appearance in the Caterham Superlight R300 Championship at Donington Park at the weekend.

Having already sampled the potent R300 last year, the current McLaren Autosport BRDC Driver of the Year jumped at the chance to fill the guest car at round two of the 2014 series, and immediately found himself dicing with current points leader Danny Winstanley as he got to grips with the 175bhp machine. Although conditions changed dramatically from dry to wet between practice and the races, Parry kept his head to come away with a pair of third place finishes, and his afternoon was only marred when a 30-second penalty for exceeding the track limits was applied to his second result, dropping him off the podium.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to explore the brand that has helped me so much in my single-seater career,” the Caterham Racing Academy protégé explained, “The car is so much fun to drive – and very different to what I am used to as it has no wings and no slick tyres, so grip is at a premium.

“The racing was great fun and getting sideways, going wheel-to-wheel and lots of overtaking reminded me of my year in Formula Ford! It was a shame about the second race – the UK is much tougher on use of the kerbs than I am used to in the Formula Renault Eurocup - but I really enjoyed myself and have to thank Caterham for the invitation.”

Parry's next outing is in round two of the 2014 Formula Renault Eurocup, which takes place at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium – where he won in last year’s NEC campaign - over the weekend of 31 May-1 June.


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.