For the third year in a row, Circuit Paul Ricard hosted the French round of the World Series by Renault. And with 75,000 spectators flocking to the circuit in Le Castellet, the meeting confirmed its status as one of France’s most popular sporting events. With star names such as Alain Prost, David Coulthard, Charles Pic and Jules Bianchi, and demonstrations by Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Lotus F1 Team and the Alpine A443, all who came were treated to a weekend of thrilling all-Renault action. On the track, the first title of the year was decided as the season’s climax drew closer. The glory belonged to Oregon Team, as they sealed the Teams’ titles in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. The sixth WSR round of the season also saw Alpine crowned champions in the European Le Mans Series.
Bernard Cambier, commercial director for Renault France: "This is the third year in a row that we have staged the event at Paul Ricard. This edition has been an immense success, with a record attendance of 75,000 spectators. The World Series by Renault’s impact continues to grow by the year. It is a major event, and an established part of the French sporting landscape. We would like to thank the spectators for their great enthusiasm and support for the races and entertainment. The event lends added strength to the resurgence of the Renault brand, symbolised by the current success of the Clio and Captur models. Alpine’s victory in the European Le Mans Series is also a deep source of satisfaction, as the entire Renault Group has supported the revival of our motorsport marque. Finally, results on the track have shown once again that Renault’s motorsport arm is fulfilling its purpose. The presence of Charles Pic and Jules Bianchi alongside Alain Prost and David Coulthard can only have motivated our young drivers. We have undoubtedly seen future stars of F1 on track this weekend.
Formula Renault 3.5 Series: Kevin Magnussen edges closer to the title
Kevin Magnussen (DAMS) went into the weekend as Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship leader, and showed impressive form once again. The Dane claimed a double pole position and won race two to stretch his lead ahead of the final round in Barcelona. He was, however, excluded from the results of Saturday’s race for a technical breach, promoting Antonio Felix da Costa (Arden Caterham) to first place ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne (Fortec Motorsports) and André Negrao (International Draco Racing). The title will be decided in three weeks’ time, with the McLaren Young Driver Programme pair of Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne battling it out for the crown. Meanwhile Marco Sorensen, currently seventh in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series standings, today completes his first laps in F1 with Lotus F1 Team.
Race 1: 1- A. Felix da Costa, POR (Arden Caterham), 2- S. Vandoorne, BEL (Fortec Motorsports), 3- A. Négrao, BRA (International Draco Racing) [...]
Race 2: 1- K. Magnussen, DEN (DAMS), 2- N. Müller, SUI (International Draco Racing), 3- A. Felix da Costa, POR (Arden Caterham) [...]
Overall standings: 1- K. Magnussen 224 pts, 2- S. Vandoorne 181 pts, 3- A. Felix da Costa 160 pts [...]
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0: All-French affair at the top of the podium
It was a productive weekend at Paul Ricard for the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0’s French contingent, with Pierre Gasly (Tech 1 Racing) and Esteban Ocon (ART Junior Team) winning races one and two respectively. On Saturday, Pierre Gasly regained the championship lead by taking victory ahead of Luca Ghiotto (Prema Powerteam) and Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP). And on a rapidly drying track on Sunday, Esteban Ocon used his slicks to good effect to win for the first time this season, ahead of the British pair of Jake Dennis (Fortec Motorsports) and Oliver Rowland (Manor MP Motorsport). In Barcelona, Gasly, Rowland and Ocon will fight it out for the title and a EUR 500,000 grant to access the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.
Race 1: 1- P. Gasly, FRA (Tech 1 Racing), 2- L. Ghiotto, ITA (Prema Powerteam), 3- N. De Vries, NED (Koiranen GP) [...]
Race 2: 1- E. Ocon, FRA (ART Junior Team), 2- J. Dennis, GBR (Fortec Motorsports), 3- O. Rowland, GBR (Manor MP Motorsport) [...]
Overall standings: 1- P. Gasly 172 pts, 2- O. Rowland 161 pts, 3- E. Ocon 128 pts [...]
Eurocup Megane Trophy: Mike Verschuur keeps title hopes alive
Mike Verschuur (McGregor by Equipe Verschuur) passed Mirko Bortolotti (Oregon Team 2) two laps from the end of Saturday’s race to take victory and maintain his Eurocup Megane Trophy title hopes. A violent storm on Sunday, however, led to the cancellation of race two. As a result, the programme for the final round of the season will now be modified to include a third race.
Race 1: 1- M. Verschuur, NED (Mc Gregor by Equipe Verschuur), 2- M. Bortolotti, ITA (Oregon Team 2), 3- K. Gilardoni, ITA (Oregon Team 2) [...]
Overall standings: 1- M. Bortolotti 235 pts, 2- M. Verschuur 169 pts, 3- K. Gilardoni 121 pts [...]
Eurocup Clio: Past champions make experience count
Oscar Nogues (Rangoni Corse) and Nicolas Milan (Milan Compétition), winners of the last two Eurocup Clio championships, took victory in races one and two respectively at Paul Ricard. After a difficult start to the 2013 campaign, Nogues claimed his first win of the season from Josh Files (Team Pyro) and Massimiliano Pedala (Composit Motorsport). On Sunday, France’s Nicolas Milan survived an action-packed race to take his third victory of the year, ahead of Eric Trémoulet and Thomas Fjorbach. The results ensure Pedalà retains the championship lead.
Race 1: 1- O. Nogues, ESP (RMS Engineering), 2- J. Files, GBR (Team Pyro), 3- M. Pedala, ITA (Composit Motorsport) [...]
Race 2: 1- N. Milan, FRA (Milan Compétition), 2- E. Trémoulet, FRA (Vic’Team), 3- T. Fjorbach, DEN (Polar Seafood Racing) [...]
Overall standings: 1- M. Pedala 131 pts, 2- N. Milan 121 pts, 3- J. Files 108 pts [...]
The final round of the season for the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Eurocup Megane Trophy takes place in Spain, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, on 19 and 20 October. The climax of the Eurocup Clio season is at Motorland Aragón on 2 and 3 November.