EU 2.0: SG Formula Nurburgring race notes

SG Formula, Nurburgring Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 The German round of the Eurocup took place at the Nurburgring circuit, with 39 drivers on the entry list, coming from 18 different countries, representing four continents. In the Eifel...

SG Formula, Nurburgring Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0

The German round of the Eurocup took place at the Nurburgring circuit, with 39 drivers on the entry list, coming from 18 different countries, representing four continents. In the Eifel mountains, SG Formula struggled in qualifying, but both drivers and team staff did their best to strike back.

The meeting began with the stunning performances of Jean-Karl Vernay in the first collective test session. The young gun from Lyon managed to set the 5th time for his Eurocup debuts. A remarkable result for a Rookie, who had never driven at the German venue before. He confirmed in qualifying and races 1 & 2, always running between the 5th and 8th position. "I am very pleased" said team-manager Stephane Guerin. "Jean-Karl raced against the front runners of the Eurocup. He did a tremendous start on Saturday, but missed a gear in the first hairpin and dropped back to 8th."

The gap between Carlo Van Dam and the leaders of the championship increased in Germany. The Dutchman could only score a 6th and an 8th place, while Chris Van der Drift and Dani Clos finished 3rd and 4th in both races. Carlo was the second fastest in the first and dry collective test session, but his joy was short-lived: "Carlo showed again great determination and talent this week-end, but in qualifying, we failed to adapt the set-up to the evolution of the temperature. When you start from the 4th or 5th row of the grid, it is really hard to challenge for a podium finish" said Stephane Guerin.

Tom Dillmann's situation is similar. The only French regular entry in the category was hampered by brake problems in qualifying and had to start from 17th and 19th places. "Tom started well, had fantastic opening laps and set good lap times during the races. Since Istanbul, he has been one of the fastest drivers, and I expect him to be a Top 5 finisher at Donington, Le Mans and Barcelona" SG Formula's team manager added.

A total of five drivers were part of SG Formula's line-up at Nurburgring. Julien Jousse unfortunately fell ill when he arrived at the circuit. The current runner-up of the French Championship was hit by another driver twice on Saturday and couldn't finish higher than 14th on Sunday. Sten Pentus, the Estonian driver, was in the mood for pushing hard, but went out in qualifying, and had to start from the back of the grid. "Sten is a fighter but he must learn to be more consistent. Sometimes it is worth losing one or two tenth to secure a good starting position." Stephane Guerin believes in better results for the team at Donington Park (September 9/10). "We could only test on a wet track in March at the Nurburgring. In the contrary, none of the favourites will really be on a familiar ground at Donington. We aim to win there."

-credit: SG Formula

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Julien Jousse , Tom Dillmann , Sten Pentus , Carlo Va , Dani Clos , Jean-Karl Vernay