We were delighted this weekend after Duncan Tappy, whose website we look after, scored a victory in the first Superleague Formula race of the season and found himself leading the championship as a result.
Duncan, who hails from West Ewell in Surrey, got a last-minute call-up to the football-themed series in which he has raced several times before. He was asked to take charge of its Japan-branded car and to jump into the cockpit at the Assen circuit in the Netherlands without even having the benefit of a full practice session – the ability to do this is an essential skill for drivers these days.
This led him to qualify close to the back of the grid, however he was able to get the car up to seventh in the first race and then, starting race two in seventh on new tyres, to reach the top step of the podium.
It was a well-deserved victory for Duncan, who has had a wide-ranging career in open-wheel racing, taking in Formula Renault UK, World Series by Renault, Indy Lights and Superleague Formula, as well as being a finalist in the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver award.
You can read the full story of the weekend on Duncan’s website here.
And it’s not only Duncan – Onlineability client Sam Bird is also at the top of his championship, the prestigious GP2 formula, where he shares the lead with the highly-rated Romain Grosjean after six races.
Sam is holding is own among a group of five or six drivers with a real prospect of winning the title, and he also took part in the Formula One young driver test with Mercedes during the off-season.
With 12 more races taking place on six more race weekends between now and the final event, to be held at Italy’s Monza circuit in September, we’re on the edge of our seats!