Richard Verschoor channelled the experience of his 2019 Macau Grand Prix win in the second Sprint Race at Monte Carlo, saying he was able to “switch off and push the car to the limit,” as he rose from 13th to sixth.

It could have been more too, but the MP Motorsport driver got stuck in the middle of the P6 to P10 train, behind Roy Nissany and Ralph Boschung, with few opportunities to make a move.

For Verschoor, it was a continuation of his solid start to life in the second tier, after he took 18 points in Round 1.

“In qualifying, I wasn’t up there, but I am very comfortable and felt that I could push the limit of the car,” said Verschoor. “I don’t know why I am so confident at street circuits, I think that I just switch off and I push the car to the limit. I really enjoy it as well, which always helps.

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“In the beginning, it was very tricky, so I am really happy with my performance. We have a really good car, so when there was a bit of a gap to the guys in front, I was able to close it really quickly. I think the pace was really good, I almost had the quickest lap, so I am pleased with today.”

Picking up four points, Verschoor was pleased to recover from a difficult qualifying session on Thursday. Starting the Feature Race from 16th this evening, the Dutchman knows it will be difficult to reach the points’ places, but he’s focused on learning.

“We start 16th, so there isn’t much we can do,” he continued. “I hope to have a good start, and then maybe take a gamble somewhere, or if there is a Safety Cars and a VSC, then maybe we can do something. It will be a difficult and a long race, but I am looking forward to it none the less.”