EU: SG Formula Zolder race notes

SG Formula confident after Zolder SG Formula set the pace in pre-season tests, with Nelson Panciatici dominating in Barcelona and Le Mans. In the opening rounds of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 at Zolder, the team showed it was still in good...

SG Formula confident after Zolder

SG Formula set the pace in pre-season tests, with Nelson Panciatici dominating in Barcelona and Le Mans. In the opening rounds of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 at Zolder, the team showed it was still in good form, but team boss Stephane Guerin wasn't satisfied with the results: "It was not easy to find a clear lap in qualifying with 38 cars on the 4 kilometre-long circuit. The grip was constantly improving and our drivers were trapped by late yellow flags procedures."

Nelson Panciatici wasn't able to run more than one flying lap, so he could only fight for points paying positions on Saturday. From 5th on the grid, he finished 4th after a spectacular passing manoeuvre on Oliver Oakes, and was classified 3rd after the scrutineers disqualified Henki Waldschmidt. But the Dutchman's team has appealed against this decision, so wait and see. On Sunday, the RDD driver did his best to recover from 19th on the starting grid, but he damaged his front wing and retired.

Charles Pic could set 7th and 2nd times in qualifying before crashing his car quite heavily. He strongly battled in the field in race one, overtook, was pushed off the track, overtook again to be an eventual 10th and score one point, thanks to Waldschmidt's disqualification. The French Rookie looked able to challenge the poleman Brendon Hartley for victory in race two. He was third in early stages, rapidly found a way past Waldschmidt-- and was logically handed a drive through penalty for overtaking while the yellow flags were out. Before he joined the pit-lane, he was closing on the leader. He set the second fastest lap, only two hundredth of a second slower than a dominant Hartley.

Unlucky Alexandre Marsoin was collected by another driver in Race 1, and his efforts to recover 11th on Sunday could be rewarded by one championship point. It will depend on the "Waldschmidt affair" conclusion. The driver who collected Alex also collected Jon Lancaster in Saturday's race! This resulted in two more cars to fix for the SG Formula crew, after Charles and Jon's crashes in qualifying. World Karting Championship runner-up in 2005, Jon started his Formula Renault 2.0 career in last year's Winter Series. The Belgian event was only his third outing in the category. He spun in Sunday's race, but set a very fast time, similar to the frontrunners'.

SG Formula will have six cars on the grid for Jules Bianchi, Edouard Texte, Nelson Panciatici, Charles Pic, Alexandre Marsoin and Jon Lancaster in the second French championship meeting this week-end at Ledenon. The next European destination is the Nurburgring, for the next round of the World Series by Renault, on May 5th and 6th.

-credit: sgf

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Brendon Hartley , Alexandre Marsoin , Charles Pic , Jon Lancaster , Jules Bianchi , Nelson Panciatici