Matt Parry's long summer break is officially over after the Welshman got back into the swing of competition with a second Formula Renault ALPS outing of 2014 at Mugello.

The race, round six of the Italian-based series, was always on Parry's schedule, and was viewed as something of a warm-up ahead of the serious business of Formula Renault Eurocup action at Hungaroroing next weekend.

Having struggled to perfect the set-up of his Fortec Motorsport entry over the opening rounds of the Europe-wide championship, Mugello served as more than just an opportunity for Parry to limber up, as the reigning McLaren Autosport BRDC Driver of the Year was able to work on possible setting changes ahead of the trip to Hungary.

Having to learn the layout through practice meant that Parry was slightly off the pace in qualifying for both races but that did not prevent him from making up places in the weekend's two races. With the Eurocup round just a week away, however, his exuberance was tempered by the knowledge that he could not afford to damage the Caterham Academy coloured car, leading to results of eleventh and 13th.

""Mugello is an awesome track, but this wasn't about getting points and podiums - although I wouldn't have said no to the latter," Parry commented afterwards, "The team had some ideas that they wanted to try out ahead of the Hungaroring and, from first impressions, they seem positive, so the weekend has been useful from that point of view."

Round five of the Formula Renault Eurocup takes places at the Hungaroring, close to Budapest, over the weekend of 13-14 September.


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.