Brentwood's Luciano Bacheta promises to build on his Auto GP win
LUCIANO BACHETA insists there is much more to come from him in AutoGP after claiming his first win in the series.
The Brentwood racer grabbed top spot in the second of two races in Marrakech this weekend, having started on pole.
The win takes him up to third place in the drivers standings, but the 22-year-old – who drives for Zele Racing in the series – expects the car to perform better in races to come.
"It's been an ok start," he told the Gazette. "I'm quite disappointed that we haven't been as quick as I would have liked us to be, but we kind of knew that before we started.
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"The plan was always to get through the first couple of events and now we can start working. We've got a bit of testing coming up so we can work on the car.
"I'm very pleased with my points haul. We knew it wouldn't be like F2 last year, but I just wanted to pick up as many points as I can."
Bacheta has been joined at Zele Racing by former F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan.
The 36-year-old Indian was on the F1 grid with HRT last season, but after the team folded in the winter, he has moved to AutoGP, where his experience is helping Bacheta take his first steps in the series. "He helps a lot," Bacheta added. "He's pretty quick and he raced these cars in A1 GP, so he's got quite a lot of experience of the brakes and chassis so I'm able to learn a lot from him which is good."
Bacheta started eighth in Saturday's first race, and finished in the same position, with the reverse grid ruling meaning that – just as in the previous round in Monza – he started the second race from pole.
There he finished third, but this time he made no mistake despite suffering a technical problem during the race.
He added: "The race should have been straightforward. I got away well and got the lead but then the safety car came out and we had a slow pit stop which dropped us down to P3.
"But we got back through. There was a lot of action, a lot of crashes. With it being a street circuit, it was good to get through it.
"I had a broken steering rack as well, so even driving on the straights it was difficult to drive in a straight line."
Despite his excellent start, Bacheta is still demanding better of himself, and with four weeks until the next race in Budapest, he is hoping to be at the front again – and has set his sights on the title.
He added: "We'll have three hours of testing before the Budapest weekend so that'll be really beneficial for us.
"So far we've just been turning up at the races, like in Marrakech where we only had one practice session, so it was pretty difficult. At least now we can actually test the car.
"The title is the aim. The way I set my target was to get through the first two events and pick up some points, which I've done and we're lying third in the Championship.
"Now we can improve the car to get more wins and be on the podium regularly.
"I'm 100 per cent focused on winning the Championship, as is my team-mate, so I have a feeling that once we do get everything sorted out with the car, it's going to get quite competitive between the two of us."