- Frenchman makes impressive progress on Danish debut
- 38-year-old reaches semi-finals on opening day
- Seine-Maritime native already plotting 2021 return
Grégory Fosse has set his sights on a return to Supercar Lites competition in 2021, after what he described as a ‘wonderful’ and ‘extraordinary’ debut in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires at Nysum in Denmark earlier this month.
Following five seasons in the Super1600 class in his native France, Fosse stepped up to Supercar Lites level at Nysum with just a few prior laps in the car under his belt, having participated in the sampler day at Lohéac last year.
His plunge into the deep end was compounded by challenging wet/dry conditions on the opening day of action in Denmark – not to mention a fiercely competitive, 14-strong field, in which every driver was targeting the champion’s prize of a fully-funded single-round drive in the inaugural FIA eRX2 Championship in 2021.
Undaunted by the high-stakes scenario, Fosse gave a more than commendable account of himself behind the wheel of his distinctively-liveried, Olsbergs MSE-prepared car – indeed, in Q1 on Saturday morning, he mastered the mixed weather to go an astonishing seventh-fastest en route to a semi-final appearance at the first time of asking.
Although he fell just short of reaching the same stage in round two the following day, the 38-year-old Seine-Maritime native nonetheless professed himself pleased with his progress over the course of the weekend – and he is already looking at ways to build upon that next year.
“My experience at Nysum was very enriching,” Fosse reflected. “I was made very welcome at OMSE, and the team’s professionalism allowed me to evolve very quickly – although on the Friday night, I thought the weekend was going to be very long! At 2.8s behind Guillaume De Ridder in FP1, it felt like I had a real mountain to climb…
“With so much to learn in such a short time, such as four wheel-drive and a very different kind of track to what I’m used to, I had to really force myself and work on my habits behind the wheel to ensure I had a chance to fight with the other drivers.
“To make matters worse, we had to deal with difficult weather and constantly changing grip on Saturday, but with a little luck and plenty of hard work, I still managed to reach the semi-final. There was no semi-final on Sunday, but still many reasons to be satisfied with my performance. I was able to break into the top ten in terms of lap times and close to just 0.6s away from Guillaume.
“It was a wonderful weekend overall, and I learned a lot more than I thought I would. I loved driving the Supercar Lites car. It was an extraordinary and completely crazy experience! I have absolutely no regrets about taking on such a big challenge, and now I have only one objective – to come back even stronger next year!”