The Contenders Are Lining Up
It was a weekend for all seasons at Magny-Cours for round three, as the French sun and rain kept us all on our toes. The drivers in the Eurocup FR 2000 had to show their ability to adapt to the conditions in order to tame their cars on an ever-changing track. But the locals were treated to two renditions of the Marseillaise: one for Clairay (SG Formula) and the other for Pagenaud (Graff Racing). And with these two clear victories, the championship is wide open once more.
Venezuela's Maldonado (Cram Competition ) has been top of the leaderboard since the start of the season. His total stands at 100 points, but Pagenaud has closed right in, the Frenchman now a mere two points behind with 98. Also moving up in the standings at Magny-Cours were the two SG Formula drivers, Moreau and Clairay. The former has taken 92 points, while Clairay now has 66, right on the heels of Kofler (JD Motorsport) with 72 points.
The competition is as hot as ever, and is about to get even hotter. For round four at Hockenheim, the German teams will be battling to take victory on home soil. A prime candidate is Scott Speed (Motopark Academy), race winner but disqualified at Valencia, and who took 28 points from the two races of the French round. Certainly one to watch...
Others with their hearts set on success will be Kofler, but above all Kochem, Ammermüller and Fleming (Jenzer Motorsport). All three have scored vital points in the standings, and we've still a long way to go. Which is a good thing for the French team SG Formula, who will not be racing at Hockenheim and therefore taking no points from this round. A shame for Moreau and Clairay, both of whom are contenders for the title!
It's also looking like Maldonado, despite his excellent races, will need to get things moving in qualifying if he doesn't want his rivals to gradually close in or even move into the lead.
It's looking like another exciting race at Hockenheim, and what a treat it will be to see this year's talented line-up winding their way through the Stadium.
<pre> General Classification after three rounds 1) Maldonado Cram Competition 100 points 2) Pagenaud Graff racing 98 3) Moreau SG Formula 92 4) Kofler JD Motorsport 72 5) Clairay SG Formula 66 6) Speed Motopark Academy 64 7) Kochem Jenzer Motorsport 52 8) Fleming Jenzer Motorsport 48 9) Meijer AR Motorsport 42 10) Walz Motorpark Academy 34