Motopark Academy tops the class Motopark Academy drivers Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Antonio Felix da Costa, Kevin Magnussen and their latest recruit, Kuba Giermaziak, all featured strongly during two days of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 ...
Motopark Academy tops the class
Motopark Academy drivers Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Antonio Felix da Costa, Kevin Magnussen and their latest recruit, Kuba Giermaziak, all featured strongly during two days of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 collective testing. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs claimed the best overall time and will be full of confidence as we move into the business end of this weekend's Hungarian meeting. Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula) also made his presence felt. A little off the pace during collective testing, Albert Costa's (Epsilon Euskadi) position as leader could come under threat this weekend.
The Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 competitors arrived in Hungary a day earlier than everybody else. The Hungaroring track was taken over by the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 on Thursday for a day's collective testing, with a three-hour session in the morning and a four-hour session in the afternoon.
The Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 drivers had the ideal opportunity to prepare for the season's third race weekend. Just twenty minutes into Thursday morning's session, the first significant lap times were posted. Nathanael Berthon (Epsilon Euskadi) took charge of proceedings, improving his time on successive laps. With a time at 1'45''317, the Frenchman led the way. His time didn't come under serious threat until the end of the first hour of testing. First of all, Nico Muller (Jenzer Motorsport), then Marco Sorensen and Patrick Kronenberger knocked him off top spot. With a time of 1'44''260, Sorensen thought he had done enough to keep the lead. But his team-mate Adrian Quaife-Hobbs swept past everyone else. His time of 1'44''228 was the quickest of the morning session, ahead of Marco Sorensen, Nico Muller, Kevin Magnussen and Polish driver Kuba Giermaziak, who has hooked up with Motopark Academy for this weekend.
Hard work was in evidence in the afternoon session. The drivers completed a lot of laps and then waited for the latter part of the afternoon to improve their lap times. Arthur Pic (SG Formula), for example, spent most of the session at the top of the timing screens. Thursday's in-from driver, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs was first to go on the attack. The British driver dislodged Pic from top spot, and then battled it out with Nico Muller and Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula) to hold onto first position. Quaife-Hobbs confirmed his supremacy, improving his best time before the rain began to fall, effectively ending everyone's hopes of improving their times. With a lap timed at 1'43''929, he was quickest driver of the day. He finished ahead of his team-mates Antonio Felix da Costa and Marco Sorensen, who were followed by the Jenzer Motorsport drivers Genis Olive (Jenzer Motorsport) and Nico Muller.
On Friday, just two 40-minute sessions were scheduled. The tactics adopted differed, with some drivers deciding to fit used tyres, whilst others put on fresh tyres. Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) went with new tyres. The Spaniard set the fastest lap of the morning with a lap of 1'44''811, ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa and Jean-Eric Vergne. The afternoon session was dominated by a battle between Antonio Felix da Costa, Jean-Eric Vergne and Albert Costa. However, as the session drew to a close, Kuba Giermaziak pulled a fast lap out of the hat. With a lap timed at 1'44''046, the Pole moved ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne and Kevin Magnussen.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs: "We were here for free practice this winter and we have really improved our performances during these two days of collective testing. We have worked hard and all of the team's drivers are on the pace. With fresh tyres, the performance was good yesterday, and even this morning on used tyres, I managed the 4th best time, which is very positive for the races. I need a win this weekend to kick-start my season--"
Albert Costa: "We lack a bit of performance, we still need to do some work on the car. We completed a lot of laps on Thursday, particularly with used tyres, because that's where we need to improve our performance most. This morning, I recorded the best time on new tyres, but there is still more to come. I am not completely satisfied with the car, but we will find the solution. Motopark Academy seems to be very quick here."