Laguna Beach’s Michael Lewis earned his first win in the Formula 3 Euro Series at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, near Valencia, Spain, on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Lewis started on the pole position for the 20-minute sprint race, and led every lap to claim the victory.
“I am incredibly happy,” said Lewis. “Today, the start was decisive, so I totally concentrated on that. After that, I just kept my own rhythm. The fact that, with this success, I now have achieved something that drivers like Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, or my compatriot Charlie Kimball, already did before me, is just awesome.”
After qualifying 11th on Friday for Saturday’s first race of the weekend, Lewis set a goal to finish that race in at least eighth position, which he accomplished. The excellent starting position gave him the confidence to earn this valuable victory.
As a result of this win, combined with two eighth-place finishes this weekend in Spain, Lewis is in eighth place in the Formula 3 point standings. He will conclude the season at Germany’s Hockenheimring, Oct. 19–21.