Host of the penultimate round of the Renault Sport Trophy and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Circuit Spa-Francorchamps was the decider for the first titles of the year at the conclusion of an action-packed weekend. While fans could take in the many activities in the Village alongside the Renault display, eyes were also peered towards Robert Kubica, making a return to circuit racing, but also on newly crowned champions Lando Norris and Fabian Schiller. Renault Sport Formula One Team test driver, Nicholas Latifi also thrilled the public with the F1 demonstration runs !

Norris becomes the youngest Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 laureate

Discreet during practice against local driver Max Defourny (R-ace GP), Lando Norris (Josef Kaufmann Racing) found is form on Saturday taking pole position. Avoiding all the pitfalls of the Belgian circuit, the rookie of the year scored big points, finishing on the podium next to Tech 1 Racing team mates Hugo de Sadeleer, who claimed his maiden win, and Dorian Boccolacci.

With his back against the wall, Max Defourny came out swinging on Sunday, taking the pole, but the Belgian driver got swallowed up by the draft and an animated field. Once again, Lando Norris drove error-free and second place behind Dorian Boccolacci was good enough to sew up the title. Hugo de Sadeller completed the podium.

While Lando Norris follows Jack Aitken in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 record books, the battle rages on among Dorian Boccolacci, Max Defourny and Harrison Scott for the overall top-three. The final round at Estoril promises to be explosive !

Race 1 : 1- H. de Sadeleer, CHE (Tech 1 Racing), 2- D. Boccolacci, FRA (Tech 1 Racing), 3- L. Norris, GBR (Josef Kaufmann Racing) …
Race 2 : 1- D. Boccolacci, FRA (Tech 1 Racing), 2- L. Norris, GBR (Josef Kaufmann Racing), 3- H. de Sadeleer, CHE (Tech 1 Racing) …

General classification : 1- L. Norris 235 pts, 2- D. Boccolacci 176 pts, 3- M. Defourny 163,5 pts…

Fabian Schiller takes the first title in the 2016 Renault Sport Trophy  

After setting best time in the collective tests, Pieter Schothorst (Equipe Verschuur) kept the momentum going in qualifying, while Fabian Schiller (Team Marc VDS EG 0,0) was best in AM. He then scored maximum points in the intermediate classification of the Endurance race. His PRO team mate Markus Palttala (Team Marc VDS EG 0,0) inherited the lead but was overtaken by Pieter Schothorst. The Dutch pair was however penalised for not respecting the pit stop minimum limit time so Raoul Owens – Fredrik Blomstedt (R-ace GP) took the win. In his first race at Circuit Spa-Francorchamps since the 2010 Belgian Grand Prix, Poland’s Robert Kubica finished on the podium on his Renault Sport Trophy debut race.

In the AM Sprint race, Fabian Schiller calmly controlled the situation, making the most of the troubles of his rivals to win the title with style before the Estoril season finale. In PRO Sprint race, Pieter Schothorst kept brother Steijn Schothorst (Equipe Verschuur) at bay, to leave Belgium with a 30-point lead from Kevin Korjus (R-ace GP), who finished third after a brave overtake move on Robert Kubica.

Endurance Race : 1- Blomstedt-Owens, SWE-GBR (R-ace GP), 2- Schothorst- Schothorst, NED (Equipe Verschuur), 3- Hamon-Kubica, FRA-POL (Duqueine Engineering) …
Sprint Race AM : 1- F. Schiller, GER (Team Marc VDS EG 0,0), 2- J. Beelen, NED (V8 Racing), 3- M. Ramos, POR (Equipe Verschuur) …
Sprint Race PRO : 1- P. Schothorst, NED (Equipe Verschuur), 2- S. Schothorst, NED (Equipe Verschuur), 3- K. Korjus, EST (R-ace GP) …

General classification PRO : 1- P. Schothorst 116 pts, 2- K. Korjus 86 pts, 3- M. Palttala 78 pts…
General classification AM : 1- F. Schiller 153 pts, 2- F. Rueda 129 pts, 3. F. Blomstedt 115 pts…
General classification Endurance : 1- F. Blomstedt 82 pts, 2- Palttala-Schiller 69 pts, 3- K. Korjus 67 pts…

Next round

There will be a lot to be settled in the Renault Sport Trophy and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 at Circuito Estoril (Portugal) from October 21-23. While some competitors can now race stress-free, the stakes remain high. All the Team championships are still to be decided, as well as the Endurance and PRO titles in the Renault Sport Trophy !

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