EU 2.0: Series Spa Friday test notes

Kevin Magnussen takes a liking to Spa Kevin Magnussen (Motopark Academy) marked his debut in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, putting in the best performance of the day in collective testing at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The son of Jan ...

Kevin Magnussen takes a liking to Spa

Kevin Magnussen (Motopark Academy) marked his debut in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, putting in the best performance of the day in collective testing at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The son of Jan Magnussen finished ahead of James Calado (Fortec Motorsport), Antonio Felix Da Costa (Motopark Academy) and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Motopark Academy). German team Motopark Academy looked very much on the pace at the start of this second meeting of the season.

Several new competitors joined the ranks of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 drivers for this second race weekend of the season. At Fortec Motorsport, James Calado, supported by the Racing Steps Foundation, is back, and he is joined by Swedish driver Fredrik Blomsted and British driver Will Stevens. The Formula Renault 2.0 UK champion, Adam Christodoulou, enters the fray for MP Motorsport. Meanwhile, Motopark Academy adds Brazilian driver Luis Derani, aged just 15, to their team.

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 leader, Antonio Felix Da Costa (Motopark Academy), got proceedings underway in sunny conditions at Spa-Francorchamps. The Portuguese driver was immediately relayed at the top of the timing screens by Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) then by Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula). The early session saw the drivers rack up a series of quick laps. Antonio Felix Da Costa went on top in 2'23''366, but only for a brief spell as team-mate Marco Sorensen (Motopark Academy) put in a quick lap.

Albert Costa took then took matters in hand. The Spaniard went to the top of the leaderboard and proceeded to improve the fastest lap time, lap after lap. At the end of the session he put in his fastest lap in 2'20''164, finishing in front of the Motopark Academy drivers Adrian Quaife-Hobbs ahead of Kevin Magnussen and Antonio Felix Da Costa. Jean-Eric Vergne rounded up the top 5.

Albert Costa and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs stayed on the pace as they got the afternoon session off to a flying start. Costa took the lead, overtaken by Adrian Quaife-Hobbs who held the fastest lap time in 2'20''556, ahead of fellow British driver James Calado. The British pair were ahead of Albert Costa, Kevin Magnussen and Nigel Melker (MP Motorsport).

Drivers upped the pace still further as the session drew to a close. Antonio Felix Da Costa improved the target time set in the morning by Albert Costa, with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs responding immediately and becoming first driver to go under 2'20. after putting in a 2'19''968 lap, he found himself once again in the lead. However, it was now Kevin Magnussen's turn to shine. At just sixteen years old, Kevin Magnussen clocked the fastest time of 2'19''887, allowing him to finish (for a mere 4/1000's of a second!) at the top of the timing screens in collective testing, ahead of James Calado, Antonio Felix Da Costa and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. The fastest three drivers were separated by less than a 100th of a second.

Quote, unquote:

Kevin Magnussen: "It's a good start! I've driven this circuit twice aboard an FR 2.0, once before in collective testing at a Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 meeting and once during a test session in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC. The track is incredible here! I feel really comfortable driving this car. I've got a pretty attacking style and it suits this car down to the ground. Its good for the morale to be quick in collective testing, but now I need to confirm in qualifying and then in race conditions. I've still got a lot to learn. "

Antonio Felix Da Costa: The second session was incredibly competitive. It's a good exercise before the first part of qualifying at the end of the afternoon. The slightest error in qualifying could ruin our weekend. All the Motopark team's cars are at the top of the time-sheets. I hope that's a good sign."

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Albert Costa , Adrian Quaife-Hobbs , Will Stevens , Marco Sorensen , Jean-Eric Vergne , Nigel Melker , James Calado , Kevin Magnussen
Teams MP Motorsport