The Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 returns to Circuito Estoril for the first time since 2008. Back then, Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo battled for the title. This year, Lando Norris has already clinched the championship, but there will still be plenty to race for, beginning with the team title between Josef Kaufmann Racing, Tech 1 Racing and R-ace GP !
Host to 13 Grands Prix between 1984 and 1996, the Autódromo Fernanda Pires da Silva will host the final meeting of the 2016 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. With its long straight and its technical sections just a stone’s throw from the Atlantic and the base of the Portuguese hills, this track is chalk-full of challenges !
An undecided end of season podium
With both the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 NEC titles wrapped up, Lando Norris (Josef Kaufmann Racing) is guaranteed to win the 150,000€ rewarded to the champion. With seven consecutive podium results, the British driver will race pressure-free to end the season in style.
Dorian Boccolacci (Tech 1 Racing), Max Defourny (R-ace GP) and Harrison Scott (AVF by Adrián Vallés) will fight for the final two spots on the season ending podium. The only driver to score points in every race and winner at Spa-Francorchamps, the Frenchman may have a slight points and psychological advantage, but his closest rivals will try to answer at the best moment.
Battle for fifth place
Currently held by Sacha Fenestraz (Tech 1 Racing), the battle for fifth place also promises to be hard fought. The Frenchman has a small advantage from his adversaries, with the closest being none other than team mate Hugo de Sadeleer (Tech 1 Racing).
The Swiss driver will try to build upon his maiden win taken in Belgium, but Ferdinand Habsburg (Fortec Motorsports), one of the few with experience at Estoril, Jehan Daruvala (Josef Kaufmann Racing), Robert Shwartzman and Will Palmer (R-ace GP) will give it their all to be noticed.
Last chance to shine
The season finale will be the last chance for Gabriel Aubry (Tech 1 Racing), Julien Falchero (R-ace GP), Henrique Chaves (AVF by Adrián Vallés), Bruno Baptista (Fortec Motorsports) and Alexey Korneev (JD Motorsport) to step on to the podium and finish in the top ten in the general classification.
Alex Perullo (Technorace) will also aim for his first points in the field completed by known wild card entries like Nikita Triotskiy (Fortec Motorsports) and Ghislain Cordeel (GMMA Formula Racing), and newcomers such as Alexander Vartanyan (Fortec Motorsports), Marcus Armstrong (R-ace GP), Alex Peroni (TS Corse) and Frank Bird (Fortec Motorsports).
Jean-Pascal Dauce, Renault Sport Racing Director of Customer Competition Programmes : “To conclude our 2016 calendar at Estoril allows us to offer a season finale full of multiple unknowns : who will be on pace straight away ? Who will be the quickest to adapt to the challenges ? Who will create a surprise ? On a track with so much history, several financial rewards are still up for grabs like the team title. In such a competitive category, consistency is necessary to reach the summits. We look forward to going to Portugal to follow the latest developments of our budding champions and the nomination of the drivers who will score points for their teams in what will be a thrilling end to the season !”
Programme and TV
Spectators will also be entertained by the on track action offered by Renault Classic, as well as the activities in the Village with the display of the Renault range and the Renault F1 historic cars, a pit-stop challenge and bicycle demonstrations for young and old.
The weekend’s two races will be streamed live on the Renault Sport Youtube channel.
Friday 21 October 2016
10h15 – 11h05 Collective test 1
13h45 – 14h35 Collective test 2
Saturday 22 October 2016
10h20 – 10h50 Qualifying 1
13h51 – 14h18 Race 1
Sunday 23 October 2016
8h00 – 8h30 Qualifying 2
10h46 – 11h13 Race 2