For the second time this year the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and the Renault Sport Trophy raced on the same circuit, the Red Bull Ring. In Austria, the spectators saw some thrilling battles in both categories while enjoying the Renault exhibition in the Village. Out on the track, Lando Norris and Harrison Scott shared the spoils in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. Markus Palttala, Fabian Schiller, Pieter Schothorst and Fran Rueda emerged victorious in the Renault Sport Trophy.

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 : British drivers come out on top

Jehan Daruvala (Josef Kaufmann Racing) was the quickest in free practice, but his team-mate Lando Norris (Josef Kaufmann Racing) turned the tables on him in qualifying. The leader in the overall classification won Saturday’s race after an exciting duel with his closest rival Max Defourny (R-ace GP). Ferdinand Habsburg (Fortec Motorsports) completed the podium in front of his home crowd. On Sunday, Harrison Scott (AVF by Adrián Vallés) had a perfect day taking first place in front of Defourny and Norris.

So, just before the summer break, Norris has slightly increased his lead in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 over his two main rivals this weekend. Although Dorian Boccolacci (Tech 1 Racing) was not on the podium in Austria he has not lost contact with the top 3. Sixteen drivers can still dream of winning the title with only six more races to go.

Race 1 : 1- L. Norris, GBR (Josef Kaufmann Racing), 2- M. Defourny, BEL (R-ace GP), 3- F. Habsburg, AUT (Fortec Motorsports) …
Race 2 : 1- H. Scott, GBR (AVF by Adrián Vallés), 2- M. Defourny, BEL (R-ace GP), 3- L. Norris, GBR (Josef Kaufmann Racing) …
Overall classification : 1- L. Norris 159 pts, 2- M. Defourny 132.5 pts, 3- H. Scott 121 pts…

Renault Sport Trophy : it’s getting tighter at the top !

On Friday, Markus Palttala (Team Marc VDS EG 0,0) dominated practice. His partner Fabian Schiller (Team Marc VDS EG 0,0) clinched pole position in AM, but the Finn was unable to get past Pieter Schothorst (Equipe Verschuur) in the PRO category.

The Dutchman bagged the full quota of points in the intermediary classification in the Endurance race before the window opened for driver changes, during which himself and his team-mate Jeroen Schothorst lost out big time. Palttala-Schiller emerged in the lead and won the race from Roy Geerts - Miguel Ramos (Equipe Verschuur) and Tanart Sathienthirakul - Fran Rueda (Team Marc VDS EG 0,0).

On Sunday, Schiller, with 80 kilos of ballast, was beaten by his team-mate Fran Rueda putting an end on his invincibility in AM. Andres Mendez (Oregon Team) finished on the third step of the podium. In PRO, there was another no-holds-barred duel between Pieter Schothorst and Palttala. The former again came out on top relaunching the battle for victory in the overall classification still led by Kevin Korjus (R-ace GP).

Endurance race : 1- Palttala-Schiller, FIN-GER (Team Marc VDS EG 0,0), 2- Geerts-Ramos, NED-POR (Equipe Verschuur), 3- Sathienthirakul-Rueda, THA-ESP (Team Marc VDS EG 0,0) …
Course Sprint AM : 1- F. Rueda, ESP (Team Marc VDS EG 0,0), 2- F. Schiller, GER (Team Marc VDS EG 0,0), 3- A. Mendez, COL (Oregon Team) …
Sprint PRO race : 1- P. Schothorst, NED (Equipe Verschuur), 2- M. Palttala, FIN (Team Marc VDS EG 0,0), 3- D. Fumanelli, ITA (Oregon Team) …
Overall PRO classification : 1- K. Korjus 68 pts, 2- P. Schothorst 66 pts, 3- M. Palttala 63 pts…
Overall AM classification : 1- F. Schiller 93 pts, 2- F. Rueda 68 pts, 3. A. Mendez 46 pts…
Overall Endurance classification : 1- Palttala-Schiller 65 pts, 2- Korjus-Blomstedt 55 pts, 3- Geerts-Ramos 28 pts…

Next rendezvous

The Renault Sport Trophy and the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 will go head-to-head on the Paul Ricard circuit in France on 26 - 28 August. Before this however, five drivers among the highest-placed in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 will have a two-day immersion course in the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix paddock to which they have been invited by the Renault Sport Formula One Team.

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