Three wins in the season’s opening 11 races – including a victory at Monaco Grand Prix weekend – meant he was still leading the championship heading to races at Germany’s Nurburgring and Austria’s Red Bull Ring in July.
However the 21-year-old suffered mixed fortunes at both circuits: a problem with his R-ACE GP car in qualifying meant he finished the two Hungary races there further down than normal, in eighth and fifth; he was then out of the points in race one at the Nurburgring but then recovered to finish race two there in second – his seventh podium result of the season.
Heading to Paul Ricard (26-27 August) he is third in the standings, 29 points adrift of new leader, France’s Sacha Fenestraz. With 25 points for a win and two races at Paul Ricard and three each at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and then Barcelona in Spain, Palmer knows he is still in with a chance of becoming the third British driver in a row to win the FRenault Eurocup crown – regarded as one of the most competitive in global junior single-seater competition.
Reflecting on his two races in Austria and looking ahead to Paul Ricard, the Horsham driver commented: Will said: “In race one, I was running fourth early on but unfortunately picked up front wing damage and could only finished 12th. In race two I managed to move up from fourth to second on lap one and I held that position throughout to take another podium.
“Paul Ricard is a track I go well at and really enjoy driving so I'm aiming for a return to the top step when we go there in a month's time.”
Elsewhere other British drivers have been making their mark in the championship.
A string of nine points finishes in a row – including a memorable victory at the Hungaroring – has moved Dan Ticktum (Arden) up to fifth in standings. Similarly, six points results on the bounce – including a win at the Red Bull Ring – have elevated Max Fewtrell (Tech 1) to sixth.
While the outright title might be out of reach, only three points separate them in their own battle to end the season as the top ‘rookie’.