Given Bas Lammers' performances during the third round of the WSK Euro Series at La Conca, victory in Final 2 was largely deserved. The Dutch driver, who was the undisputed leader of Saturday's qualifying behind the wheel of his Praga/Parilla KZ1, was forced to withdraw after the first few laps of Final 1, just when he was fighting for the first place. On Sunday, Lammers crossed the finish line of Final 2 as the winner, but was excluded from the race together with two of the most titled drivers of the competition for an overtaking manoeuvre under a yellow flag that was hardly visible. Patrik Hajek (Praga/Parilla) confirmed the Praga Kart Racing Team top level of performance with his 4th fastest time in timed qualifying and a stunning recovery drive from 21st to 8th in Final 2, after encountering technical problems in all his heats. Championship positions - with Lammers in 5th place and Hajek in 10th - are far from reflecting the real value of Praga boys on the track.
Though less at ease with the high grip of an overheated track at La Conca, Martin Doubek (Praga/TM) achieved some good performances and entered the top 10 in KZ2. As for Karol Dabski (Praga/Parilla), who was very convincing in KF2 with his 4th time in timed qualifying and some very good results in the heats, he concluded with a 10th place in the pre-final and a 12th in the final, where he faced the best drivers in the world. In the meanwhile the British driver Jack Barlow, who previously competed in Rotax Junior, showed an impressive progression in KF2 from timed qualifying (49th time) to the final race (25th) on his first race with Praga.
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La deuxième et dernière manche du Challenge X30 Europa se déroulait ce week-end à Lavelanet. La finale X30 Junior a vu la victoire d'Olivier Palmaers devant Matteo Raspatelli et Julien Andlauer, tandis que le championnat revenait à Raspatelli. C'est Vincent Fraïsse qui a gagné la course X30 Senior devant Kenny Vermeylen et Jules Gounon, alors que Vermeylen remporte le titre. Enfin, Nicky Morris a devancé Thierry Delré et Giovanni Scamardi en finale X30 Shifter, Delré gagnant le challenge dans cette catégorie.
Stoffel Vandoorne (Josef Kaufmann Racing) completed a dominant weekend at the Nürburgring that sees him walk away with two pole positions, two race victories and two fastest race laps. Thanks to this perfect effort, the RACB National Team driver takes the lead in the overall championship standings. Melville McKee (Interwetten.com Racing), who started in 32nd, and Pierre Gasly (R-Ace GP) completed the podium at the end of an eventful race, in which slick tyres proved to be the smart choice after a few laps.
Stoffel Vandoorne took his second consecutive pole position in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, and in doing so recorded the fastest lap in the FR 2.0 single-seater on the Nürburgring circuit. Vandoorne shared the front row of the grid with overall championship leader Daniil Kvyat (Koiranen Motorsport). The two men adopted different approaches at the start of the race. With the track still damp in places, Russian driver Kvyat opted for wet tyres, with his Belgian rival Vandoorne choosing slicks. On the second row, Pierre Gasly (R-Ace Grand Prix) also started with slicks, while Olivier Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) decided to go with treaded rubber.
At the start, the drivers on wet tyres made the best getaway. Kvyat led from Rowland in the early stages, with Mikko Pakari and Vandoorne following behind. Oscar Tunjo, who started in 13th, did brilliantly to move up to seventh place, just behind Galsy.
On the second lap, Kvyat and Rowland both made mistakes. Kvyat’s error caused him to fall all the way back to seventh, while British driver Rowland was involved in a collision with Alexander Albon (Epic Racing) and Meindert Van Buuren (Manor MP Motorsport). The safety car came out in front of new race leader Mikko Pakari. The Finn, driving on wet tyres, led the field ahead of Vandoorne, William Vermont (Arta Engineering), Oscar Tunjo (Tech 1 Racing), Esteban Ocon (Koiranen Motorpsort), Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat. At the restart, Vermont was overtaken by Tunjo and Ocon, before receiving a drive-through penalty for changing his tyres on the starting grid after the permitted time limit had passed.
The drivers with slick tyres soon made their advantage count. Vandoorne took the lead on the fifth lap and immediately began to pull away from the chasing pack. Behind him, the race order was changing apace. Melville McKee (Interwetten.com Racing), who started the race in 32nd, overtook one car after another before eventually settling in second place, ahead of Gasly and Chatin. Those on wet tyres, meanwhile, dropped down the field and out of contention.
Vandoorne went on to complete a dominant victory – his second in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 – and with it move to the top of the overall championship standings. McKee took second place to record the best result of his fledgling Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 career, while Gasly finished on the podium for the second time this season.
What they said:
Stoffel Vandoorne: “The tyre choice wasn’t easy to make at the start, because the track was still very damp. But my team advised me to go with slicks, so I decided it was best to listen to the Germans in Germany! The opening laps were not easy, and I had to stay calm. You can’t do better than two poles and two victories. What a weekend! I’m now top of the overall standings. I love getting to know new circuits, so I can’t wait to be at Moscow Raceway.”
Melville McKee: “We haven’t had much success since the start of the season. This result will do us good. I started at the back of the grid, and I gambled on slick tyres. The opening laps were great. The grip got better and better and I overtook three or four cars each lap. Once I reached second place, I managed my race as Stoffel was too far in front.”
Pierre Gasly: “I was worried at the start, because it wasn’t easy to stay on the track on slicks. I didn’t make any mistakes and it paid off. It’s my second podium, which is important in terms of championship points as it takes me up into fifth place. This is my first season in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, so it’s a good start.”
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Excellent départ du poleman Thomas Ricci (Tony Kart) pour la dernière finale du meeting, celle des Rotax Max. Mathieu Dyrbusz (Tony Kart) vient tout de suite se placer en 2ème position devant Quentin Bonnier (Intrepid), Mathieu Badet (FA Kart) et Charles Tesnière (Kosmic), parti de la 1ère ligne. Bonnier attaque rapidement Dyrbusz pour la 2ème place. Dans le peloton, Alex Finkelstein (Tony Kart) se déchaîne; venant de la 30ème place, il est déjà revenu 18ème après 4 tours et signe le meilleur temps. Ricci se protège des attaques par une avance croissante, de l'ordre de 7 dixièmes.
Bagarre entre Nciolas Picot (Sodi) et Antoine Rocard (Tony) pour la 10ème place, au bénéfice du dernier cité. Julien Hermouet (Intrepid) s'empare de la 7ème position, derrière Kevin Petit (Tony Kart), au détriment de Jérémie Lesoudier (Tony Kart). Dyrbusz revient sur Bonnier, 2ème, qui répond par un meilleur tour. Xavier Pozzoli (Kosmic) passe successivement Rocard et Anthony Cout (Alpha) pour revenir en 9ème posiiton.
A la mi-course, rien n'est acquis pour Ricci, le leader, 6 dixièmes devant Bonnier qui hausse le rythme. L'avance du premier est en train de fondre. Ricci a cependant les moyens de préserver sa place et repousse son adversaire à 5 dixièmes. Tesnière déloge au 20ème tour Badet de la 5ème position et se rapproche dangereusement de Dyrbusz en fin de course. Ricci parvient à conserver l'avantage de la 1ère place jusqu'à la ligne d'arrivée qu'il franchit devant son valeureux adversaire, Bonnier, tandis que Tesnière monte sur la 3ème marche du podium devant Badet et Petit. Finkelstein achève sa remontée en 9ème position.