EU 2.0: SG Formula Zolder race notes

Belgian debuts for SG Formula's international line-up World Series by Renault's opener attracted a large crowd of 87.000 spectators in Zolder. In the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, SG Formula has to defend its 2005 teams title and is aiming for...

Belgian debuts for SG Formula's international line-up

World Series by Renault's opener attracted a large crowd of 87.000 spectators in Zolder. In the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, SG Formula has to defend its 2005 teams title and is aiming for the drivers championship honours with three drivers representing three different countries.

Dutch ace Carlo Van Dam dominated most of close season test days, so he wasn't really happy after finishing 5th in Race 1. "Carlo did a good job, recovering from 7th in qualifying to 5th" said team-manager Stephane Guerin. "Then, he had to start from the middle of the grid for Race 2, which is a less comfortable situation. Fortunately some of the other favourites have been in trouble too during the week-end."

According to the new qualifying regulations, the key for a good start position for the second race of the meeting is to achieve a flying lap time... During Race 1. Fighting in the pack to score points, Carlo was not in a position to win on both counts. But his team mates Tom Dillmann and Sten Pentus, who started Saturday's race on wet tyres, quickly found out that there was nothing to lose, with no more rain falling on the Belgian venue,. They both pitted for fresh slick tyres, inflated to the perfect pressure, and rushed out on a clear track to respectively claim 2nd and 8th positions on the grid for Sunday's Race.

Consequently, Frenchman Tom Dillmann, one of the youngest competitors in the category (16 years old), started from the outside of the first row on Sunday afternoon. "I lost one position at the start, and then blocked a wheel so Laurent Groppi took his opportunity." 4th on the finish line, Tom gets his very first points in Formula Renault 2.0, and is now looking forward to his first podium.

Estonian Sten Pentus is taking part in his first international series this year. A fine qualifying effort brought him ahead of 18 drivers. The wet tyres choice ruined his first race, but allowed him to reach an unexpected 4th row position on the grid for Race 2. "Thanks to this, Sten has been able to race with the best drivers, and probably learned a lot from that" said Stephane Guerin. He produced a strong resistance to finish 11th, not far off points paying Top 10.

The Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 will be back on the 17th and 18th of June in Istanbul.

-futureracing

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Tom Dillmann , Sten Pentus , Laurent Groppi , Carlo Va