EU 2.0: Jean-Eric Vergne Le Mans summary

TWO POLES -- TWO WINS! Jean-Eric Vergne had a perfect weekend in front of his home crowd on the Le Mans Bugatti circuit in the 9th and 10th rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 Championship. JEV was racing on the track on which he made his ...

TWO POLES -- TWO WINS!

Jean-Eric Vergne had a perfect weekend in front of his home crowd on the Le Mans Bugatti circuit in the 9th and 10th rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 Championship. JEV was racing on the track on which he made his single-seater debut with the Autosport Academy, and bagged pole for Saturday's and Sunday's events. He drove a couple of perfect races taking the lead in the first corner and holding that position until the chequered flag. Thanks to these 2 wins, Jean-Eric scored 31 points over the weekend bringing his total to 90 points, 70 of which he has scored in the last 3 meetings. He is currently lying second in the championship after 5 events. The other good piece of news for the Frenchman is that he has closed the gap to the leader to 7 points with 4 races still to run till the end of the season. The next Eurocup round is at the Nuerburgring on 18th - 19th -- 20th September. Before then Jean-Eric will race in another round of the WEC Championship in Valencia (11th -- 13th September). His aim is still to win the 2009 title in both championships.

THE WEEKEND IN THREE QUESTIONS

Jean-Eric, in what frame of mind did you tackle this weekend?

JEV: "After winning the second race on the Silverstone circuit two weeks ago, the team and I had the same objective in mind, which was to maintain a similar level of performance at Le Mans. This circuit is rather special for me as it was here that I made my single-seater debut. I was really determined to shine on home turf! The team did a great job as the car was quite simply exceptional over the three days. I'd like to thank them all very much."

How did the two races go?

JEV: "In qualifying, I was held up on my quickest lap but I got my head down and I managed to bag both poles. Then, I tried not to make the same mistake as at Silverstone, and I concentrated on preparing for both races. On both Saturday and Sunday my approach paid off. The first race didn't pose any particular problems, and the most difficult moment in the second was the restart when the safety car peeled off."

Today, one of the Red Bull drivers, Jaime Alguersuari, has been officially given a Formula 1 seat...

JEV: "I'm really very happy for Jaime. He's the third Red Bull driver to get into Formula 1, and his signing up shows just how competitive this programme is. I'm very proud to be a part of it. My ambition is to prove myself worthy of the trust placed in me by my partners, and to reach the highest level of motor sport. To do this I have to win the Eurocup title this year, and I've got four races left to achieve this objective."

-credit: jev

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Jaime Alguersuari , Jean-Eric Vergne