RACE 1 - BELGIAN DEFOURNY CELEBRATES SOVEREIGN HOME WIN AT SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS
Having started from pole position, 16-year-old local hero Max Defourny (ART Junior Team) won his first race in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup in the challenging first race at Spa-Francorchamps. Second place went to Kevin Jörg (Josef Kaufmann Racing) gaining some ground on championship leader Louis Delétraz (Josef Kaufmann Racing), who finished fourth. Callan O’Keeffe (Fortec Motorsports) completed the podium with his second third place of the season.
While Defourny defended his pole position at the start in front of his home crowd, O’Keeffe had to give up his second position to Jörg. Ukyo Sasahara (ART Junior Team) initially held his fourth place before Delétraz, but the Swiss overtook him on the third lap. Finally Delétraz tried an attack O’Keeffe, but had to be content to finish fourth.
Sasahara lost pace towards the end, to finish fifth just before four rookies : Jehan Daruvala (Fortec Motorsports), the second local hero, Dries Vanthoor (Josef Kaufmann Racing), Russian Nikita Mazepin (Josef Kaufman Racing) and Darius Oskoui (ART Junior Team). Stefan Riener (Koiranen GP) rounded off the top 10.
RACE 2 - DELÉTRAZ WINS SPA RACE 2 BEHIND THE SAFETY CAR IN TERRIBLE WEATHER CONDITIONS
The second race of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup at Spa-Francorchamps started behind the Safety Car. The rain, which began about an hour before the start, was just too much. After more than 15 minutes behind the safety car the race was stopped, as the conditions were hardly improving.
Accordingly, the race result corresponds to the result of the second qualifying session. Only half points were awarded because only 50% of the race was run.
With his fifth win championshipleader Louis Delétraz (Josef Kaufmann Racing) increased his lead over his teammate Kevin Jörg. Jörg finished third and is now 44 points behind Delétraz. Second in the race was Saturday’s winner Max Defourny (ART Junior team). The 16-year-old was on the podium twice this weekend at his home track. He also got the trophy for the best Rookie again and is 7,5 points in the overall standings ahead of the other rookies.
Fourth place went to Alex Gill (Fortec Motorsports) before Ukyo Sasahara (ART Junior Team) and Jehan Daruvala (Fortec Motorsports). Seventh was Darius Oskoui (ART Junior Team) before Callan O’Keeffe (Fortec Motorsports), who finished third yesterday.
Newcomer Kevin Kleveros (Prizma Motorsport) dropped out with technical problems. Ferdinand Habsburg (Fortec Motorsports) lost the car in aquaplaning but could rejoin after repairs.