N-EU 2.0: Nurburgring preview

Who will be King of the Eifel? NÜRBURG - The fight for the championship of the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 will continue this weekend (26-28 May 2006) at the Nürburgring. After four races no clear leader has been established.

Who will be King of the Eifel?

NÜRBURG - The fight for the championship of the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 will continue this weekend (26-28 May 2006) at the Nürburgring. After four races no clear leader has been established. Xavier Maassen (NL/JD Motorsport) took the lead in the championship with a total of 77 points while Mervyn Kool is in second place after his victory at Spa- Francorchamps (Belgium). The Dutch driver of AR Motorsport has 72 points, only one more than the Dutch-New Zealander Chris van der Drift. Will these three drivers move ahead of the field in Germany or will the Motopark Oschersleben team drivers Filipe Albuquerque (59 points) and John Edwards (54 points) be able to catch up?

We have seen two exciting race weekends in the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0. Four winners (Filipe Albuquerque, Chris van der Drift, Xavier Maassen and Mervyn Kool) in as many races, show how close the individual drivers are to each other and how hard they have to fight for every victory.

The two 20 minutes qualifying sessions on Saturday morning determine the starting positions of the drivers for the two races. Mervyn Kool finds this part of the day exhilirating: "It is very important to perform at the right moment at the right time because the gap between the drivers in this series is very small. I was here at the end of March to test and finished regularly among the top five as I was able to adjust quickly to the different weather conditions."

Filipe Albuquerque, the Portuguese driver of team Motopark Oschersleben, whose victory in Spa was only prevented by a flat tire two laps before the finish, is one of the favourites this coming weekend. Much is also expected from Kasper Andersen (DEN/ JD Motorsport) as of John Edwards (USA/Motopark Oschersleben). Xavier Maassen, who won the second race in Spa, says: "After my glorious victory in Belgium, I want to try to leave the Nürburgring with two trophies."

Patrick Kreuter, the only German driver in the championship will have to defend Germany's honor at the Nürburgring. The 16-year old high school student definitely sees his home race as an advantage. The other drivers who have chances to win one of the races are Sergey Afanasiev (RUS/Lukoil Racing) and Atte Mustonen (FIN/Koiranen Bros.). Johnny Cecotto jun. (VEN/Koiranen Bros.) is being named as outsider with a chance of victory. Johnny who lives in Munich (Germany) made his debut in the NEC Formula Renault 2.0 at Spa-Francorchamps where he won a place on the podium.

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Johnny Cecotto , Kasper Andersen , Xavier Maassen , Chris van der Drift , Filipe Albuquerque , Mervyn Kool , John Edwards , Atte Mustonen