One year after hosting the World Series by Renault for the first time, another explosive weekend is expected on the iconic Andalusian circuit. With its high-speed bends, where driving errors are costly, the Spanish track is a favourite among the competitors in all the categories.
While the first champions were crowned at Le Mans, there are still four titles to race for, including the fantastic finale awaited in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, where no less than eight drivers will battle for the glory on the Spanish circuit.
It will be non-stop action with the presence of the Clio Cup España, Renault Sport Show and the Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 Show to entertain the spectators alongside the activities and displays at the Renault Village.
Formula Renault 3.5 Series : who will be the rookie of the year ?
With the title clinched, Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) wants to finish the year in style and the Englishman will aim for the record for most wins in a season. Second in points, Matthieu Vaxiviere along with Marlon Stockinger will try to take Lotus to second place in the team classification.
All eyes will be riveted on the battle for third place among six drivers including three rookies. Dean Stoneman (DAMS) currently holds the position, but the Red Bull protégé will have to fend off Nyck de Vries (DAMS) and Egor Orudzhev (Arden International). Veterans Tom Dillmann (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), Tio Ellinas (Strakka Racing) and Jazeman Jaafar (Fortec Motorsports) will also be in the hunt.
Amongst the others, Gustav Malja (Strakka Racing) will be looking to take another podium result and solidify his place in the season ending top ten, which will also be the goal of Nicholas Latifi (Arden Motorsport), who finished second last year at Jerez, and Aurélien Panis (Tech 1 Racing). The French driver will hope to make the most of the progress he has made to taste the champagne, as did his team mate Roy Nissany (Tech 1 Racing) in Austria.
For Alfonso Celis (AVF), Yu Kanamaru (Pons Racing), Sean Gelael (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), Beitske Visser (AVF), André Negrão (International Draco Racing) and Nikita Zlobin (Pons Racing), the objective will be to finish the season on a positive note.
Race 1 : Saturday 17 October at 14h30
Race 2 : Sunday 18 October at 15h30
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 : eight contenders for the crown
There have been eight different winners this season in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and all of them still have a chance to take the title ! Recently crowned in the NEC, Louis Delétraz (Josef Kaufmann Racing) comes in as the leader, but he is on equal points with his compatriot Kevin Jörg (Josef Kaufmann Racing).
Against the Swiss duo, who will try to claim both titles for their team, Jack Aitken (Koiranen GP) is best placed to spoil the party. With his two podium finishes at Jerez last year and the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps title last weekend, the British-Korean driver will also have to keep a close eye on the ambitions of team mate Jake Hughes (Koiranen GP). For their part, Anthoine Hubert (Tech 1 Racing) and Ben Barnicoat (Fortec Motorsports) will be able to count on a team totally focused on their chances to win the title. Slightly further back, Ukyo Sasahara (ART Junior Team) and Dennis Olsen (Manor MP Motorsport) will give it all they have to make the most of any opportunity.
Comfortably installed in ninth place, Matevos Isaakyan (JD Motorsport) will be aiming for his maiden win of the season. This goal will be shared by Martin Kodrić (Fortec Motorsports) and Ignazio D’Agosto (Manor MP Motorsport), while rookie drivers Harrison Scott (AVF) and Darius Oskoui (ART Junior Team) will be aiming to end the year into the top ten.
While Simon Gachet (Tech 1 Racing) wants to confirm his progress with another top-three result, Thiago Vivacqua (JD Motorsport), James Allen (ARTA Engineering) and Valentin Hasse-Clot (Fortec Motorsports) will try to turn a few heads. For their part, Amaury Richard (ARTA Engineering), Hugo de Sadeleer (Tech 1 Racing), Bruno Baptista (Manor MP Motorsport) and Christopher Anthony (Manor MP Motorsport) will be out to score their first points of the season. For this season finale, the field is completed with Alexey Korneev (JD Motorsport) and wild-card entries Daniel Pronenko (BVM), Josef Zaruba (AVF), Denis Bulatov (AVF), Vasily Romanov (Cram Motorsport), Julien Falchero (GSK Grand Prix), Jehan Daruvala (Fortec Motorsports) and Max Defourny (ART Junior Team), who clinched rookie of the year honours in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC.
Race 1 : Saturday 17 October at 13h10
Race 2 : Saturday 17 October at 18h15
Race 3 : Sunday 18 October at 12h55
Renault Sport Trophy : a three-driver finale for the chance of a lifetime
While the titles in Endurance and Prestige have already been decided, there are still three drivers in contention to claim the Elite championship. At Le Mans, Andrea Pizzitola (ART Junior Team) took the lead from Steijn Schothorst (Equipe Verschuur), but just two points separate the two who were team mates last year in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. Nevertheless, the worst result of the season will be dropped after the finale, and the Dutchman has the advantage because he has two retirements so far this season, while the Frenchman has finished all his races in the points.
The Elite drives will have the responsibility of qualifying their cars for the Endurance race. The intermediate standings and the final Sprint race count for 50 points. In third position, David Fumanelli (Oregon Team) will hope to run the table to squeak out the title, as well as the right to participate in the rookie tests with factory Nismo team in Super GT.
Against the three challengers, outsiders Indy Dontje (ART Junior Team), Nicky Pastorelli (V8 Racing) and Luciano Bacheta (Oregon Team) will try to end the year on a high note. José Manuel Perez Aicart (Monlau Competicion), Bas Schothorst (Zele Racing), Alan Hellmeister (Oregon Team) and Miguel Ramos (Equipe Verschuur) give it their all as well, as will former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien (Zele Racing) and former Formula Renault 3.5 Series racer Nelson Panciatici (Monlau Competition) and Meindert van Buuren (V8 Racing).
In Prestige, Dario Capitanio (Oregon Team) wants to end his title winning season with a final win before turning his attention to the 2016 24-Hours of Le Mans. The battle for second place will be a three-way tussle between Diederik Sijthoff (V8 Racing), Richard Gonda (ART Junior Team) and Niccolò Nalio (Oregon Team), who are covered by just five points, but Max Braams (V8 Racing), who keeps improving will also be in the mix. Toni Forné (ART Junior Team), Jeroen Schothorst (Equipe Verschuur), Andres Mendez (Zele Racing), Adalberto Baptista (Oregon Team) and Antonio Coimbra (Equipe Verschuur) will all try to create a surprise. Christof von Grünigen (Zele Racing), Jurgen Smet (Monlau Competicion) and the legendary Jean Ragnotti (Monlau Competicion) will also take part in the final round of 2015.
Despite their title in Endurance, David Fumanelli and Dario Capitanio will now try to take the team title for the Oregon Team. In the battle opposing the Italian structure against ART Junior Team, the two will be assisted by Luciano Bacheta and Niccolò Nalio against the duos of Andrea Pizzitola - Richard Gonda and Indy Donje - Toni Forné. Max Braams (V8 Racing) will hope to make the most of the situation with his new partnership with Meindert van Buuren to finish second overall in Endurance.
Endurance Race : Saturday 17 October at 16h00
Prestige Sprint Race : Sunday 18 October at 10h50
Elite Sprint Race : Sunday 18 October at 17h05
TV Schedule / Qualifying on Youtube
Qualifying will be shown live on the Renault Sport Youtube channel. The races will be aired live on the Eurosport Player, as will the Formula Renault 3.5 Series on Eurosport International, Eurosport UK and Eurosport France. The three Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 races will be aired live. Motors TV will broadcast the Renault Sport Trophy Endurance and Prestige races live, while the Elite Sprint race will be shown on a delayed basis.
Jean-Pascal Dauce, Renault Sport Technologies Motorsport Director : “The time has come for the season finale ! We are always thrilled to head to Andalusia, a region with a rich Renault history. Less than a year ago, Alain Prost put in the first public demonstration of the Renault Sport R.S. 01 and we will now watch the outcome of this year’s Renault Sport Trophy ! The competitors, who have already won their titles, will want to finish in style, while the others will try to stand out on an atypical circuit, which forgives very little and his heavily abrasive. With four titles at stake, including the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with eight different drivers in contention, this finale will remain in the motor racing annals !”
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Qualifying 1 : W. Stevens (GBR) 1’27’’783
Race 1 : 1. W. Stevens (GBR) – 2. O. Rowland (GBR) – 3. S. Sirotkin (RUS)
Qualifying 2 : O. Rowland (GBR) 1’27’’802
Race 2 : 1. O. Rowland (GBR) – 2. N. Latifi (CAN) – 3. W. Buller (GBR)
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Qualifying 1 : D. Olsen (NOR) 1’40’’415
Race 1 : 1. N. de Vries (NED) – 2. J. Aitken (GBR) – 3. H. Villemi (EST)
Qualifying 2 : G. Russell (GBR) 1’39’’691
Race : 1. G. Russell (GBR) – 2. N. de Vries (NED) – 3. J. Aitken (GBR)