SG Formula is ready for the showdown! 2 points. With one month to go before the final race of the season, that's all there is to choose between SG Formula's Jean-Eric Vergne and the current leader of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup series,...
SG Formula is ready for the showdown!
2 points. With one month to go before the final race of the season, that's all there is to choose between SG Formula's Jean-Eric Vergne and the current leader of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup series, Albert Costa. The La Rochelle outfit increased its lead in the team standings, so it will head off to Spain with the prospect of winning two titles!
Jean-Eric went into the Nurburgring race seven points behind Portuguese driver Da Costa and came away from Germany two points behind the similarly named Costa from Spain! In the meantime, the former championship leader and one of his team-mates both had their cars pulled up after qualifying when infringements to the technical regulations were discovered. Their brake pumps had been altered to curb the mechanical drag induced by brake pads rubbing against the discs along fast straights. This is the third time that Motopark Academy have been collared for breaking the rules this season. The team nevertheless lodged an appeal so its drivers were allowed to race pending a decision, although they were banned from the podium and were not awarded any championship points.
SG Formula's team manager Stephane Guerin reacted to this latest infringement, which casts a shadow over a championship that is essential to the emergence and training of motor racing talent, as follows: "It makes you wonder how many times the team in question put out a car that was within the rules this season! Everyone knows how serious the situation is, so now proper decisions have to be taken. The race organisers have to act to protect their championship from a blight which I'd compare to doping in other sports."
Out on the track, Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne found himself up against Albert Costa, who he had beaten twice the week before on the Spaniard's home patch in Valencia. That West European Cup meeting was just perfect for the Red Bull Junior Team driver, who notched two pole positions and two victories on that occasion. The tables were turned in Nurburgring, with the Spaniard winning twice and Jean-Eric scoring points for second and third. Jean-Eric's Sunday result was a gritty performance after Kevin Magnussen (Motopark) ran into him in the middle of the first turn. One of the aerodynamic components on his SG Formula car got damaged and he also found himself with a stiff neck - not exactly what you want when driving in as physically demanding a category as Formula Renault 2.0!
SG Formula's Spanish driver Miki Monras had a good meeting. He was lying 3rd in Race 1 when unfortunately he had to drop out after his engine developed a fault in the electrical/electronics control system. He finished in a good 4th place in Sunday's race, after the exclusion of Magnussen and Da Costa, having started the race 10th. Hugo Valente put in his best performance of the season by earning himself 3 points for 8th in Saturday's race. A collision on braking into Turn 1 put paid to his chances in Race 2. Various incidents in the peloton prevented Arthur Pic and Ramez Azzam from repeating the excellent results they achieved in the Silverstone and Le Mans meetings.
"We have now a month's hard work ahead of us before the big Motorland meeting," concluded Stephane Guerin. The FR2.0 Eurocup decider will take place next October 24-25 on the brand new Alcaniz circuit in Aragon, which the competitors will have the opportunity to discover during two days of practice. SG Formula will be heading to Spain with the double aim of holding on to its team crown and perhaps winning the drivers title that it so narrowly missed out on last season. Above all, let's hope that the event proves to be a victory for sporting fairness.