Racing season newsletter 2006-08-18

Holiday! ... It would be so nice! No, we're not talking about the refrain of that well-known Summer pop hit. Instead we take a look at what some of the leading lights from the three World Series by Renault championships will be getting up to ...

Holiday! ... It would be so nice!

No, we're not talking about the refrain of that well-known Summer pop hit. Instead we take a look at what some of the leading lights from the three World Series by Renault championships will be getting up to over the holiday period. We have also used the break to take a closer look at our statistics, which have proved very revealing.

105,000 tickets already handed out for Donington!

The www.worldseriesbyrenault.com website has recently seen an exponential growth in traffic. More than 105,000 free tickets have already been downloaded for the Donington event alone (September 8-10th)! So we can only conclude that the British round of the World Series by Renault is set to be a huge popular success.

Albuquerque maintains his momentum

After winning both Eurocup races at the Nurburgring, Filipe Albuquerque (Motopark Academy) maintained his momentum the following week in Anderstorp (Sweden). Taking part in the North European Championship (NEC), the Portuguese driver finished with a first and second place to put himself ahead of the current Eurocup leader Chris Van der Drift (JD Motorsport) in the NEC overall standings.

Holiday! ... It would be so nice!

If you were wondering where Andy Soucek is, then look no further. He's to be found in Tarifa (Spain). The Portuguese drivers Alvaro Parente and Filipe Albuquerque have also chosen to stay at home for the holiday period: in the Algarve of all places! Chris Van der Drift however will not be heading back to New Zealand, choosing instead to spend the month of August in Viareggio (Italy) to work on his physical fitness. Matthieu Lahaye has headed for Tarragona (Spain) to do the same. However, don't be misled into thinking that all the drivers are out there soaking up the sun! Pastor Maldonado for one says he won't be taking any holidays and is remaining focussed on Donington. His rival Borja Garcia is using the opportunity to make contact with potential partners. Dani Clos will not be enjoying the sun in Barcelona: he has decided to head for Oxford to take some English lessons. Carlo Van Dam has opted to stay in the Netherlands to take part in some promotional campaigns. Perhaps he will find the time to lend a helping hand to Jaap Van Lagen -- who will be repainting his house!

Pastor in the record book

With the most pole positions (5), victories (3), fastest race laps (4) and kilometres at the front of the race (242,156, or 23%), Pastor Maldonado (Draco Multiracing USA) is the man who holds all the records after eleven out of seventeen races. But with five podiums each, Andy Soucek (Interwetten.com) and Alvaro Parente (Victory Engineering) are still level-pegging at the top of the overall standings with just a one point lead over Maldonado.

Van der Drift: all about consistency

Out front for only 35,793 km this season, equivalent to 6% of total distance run, Chris Van der Drift (JD Motorsport) nevertheless still leads the Eurocup thanks to his consistency. Like Carlo Van Dam (SG Formula) and Filipe Albuquerque (Motopark Academy), the New Zealander has finished in the points seven times in eight races. The difference being that Chris also made it onto the podium on four of these occasions. Laurent Groppi (Graff Racing) is the only driver to have matched him for podium finishes. The Frenchman has however only taken part in four races, making his success rate all the more impressive! Dani Clos (Jenzer Motorsport) has to remain content with his overwhelming domination of the kilometres-in-the-lead stats with 290,151km or 50% of the total distance to his name.

Advantage, Van Lagen!

In addition to his two pole positions in four meetings, Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) can also take pride in his two wins, which put him level with both Cesar Campaniço (Racing for Belgium) and Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Espilon Euskadi), as well as 6 fastest laps in eight races! The Dutchman also leads in terms of the most points finishes (8) and the distance covered at the front of the field, with 155,211km out front or 33% of the total distance run. He is only bettered in the most podium finishes stats by Ludovic Badey (TDS), who unfortunately has put an end to his season.

-credit: renault

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Alvaro Parente , Pastor Maldonado , Borja Garcia , Ludovic Badey , Andy Soucek , Filipe Albuquerque , Laurent Groppi , Carlo Va , Dani Clos