NEC 2.0: Nurburgring round nice, ten summary

Tobias Hegewald takes pair of wins at Nurburgring The Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 started into the second half of the 2007 season during the ACV Sprint meeting at the Nurburgring Grand Prix circuit. Tobias Hegewald closed up to ...

Tobias Hegewald takes pair of wins at Nurburgring

The Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 started into the second half of the 2007 season during the ACV Sprint meeting at the Nurburgring Grand Prix circuit. Tobias Hegewald closed up to points leader Frank Kechele with a pair of wins in the Eifel. Kechele finished second on both occasions. Third places went to Oliver Oakes on Saturday and Fabio Onidi on Sunday.

Race 1: Although there were familiar faces up on the podium after the ninth round of the season, the race at the Nurburgring sprint circuit provided plenty of action, especially in the second half of the field. Exciting position fights and battles for every inch of asphalt on the legendary circuit in the Eifel mountains entertained the public, who got to see some fine single-seater racing. Tobias Hegewald made the most of his pole- position and took the lead as the lights turned out. He then drove a flawless race and motored on to claim his second victory of the season, one month after his maiden win at Assen. Hegewald was followed home by championship leader Frank Kechele, who lost some time afte getting his tyres dirty in the opening stages of the race. Third place was occupied by Briton Oliver Oakes. Local team, SL Formula Racing, scored well at the Nurburgring with two drivers in the top ten, Dimitri Raikhlin in seventh and Anton Nebylitskiy in ninth place.

Tobias Hegewald: "My start was good and the first lap went well. But after about four laps Frank Kechele really started pushing so I had to drive on the limit throughout the race. There was no time to relax. In qualifying the difference between numbers 1 and 25 is about 1.7 seconds. That shows how close everything is, so in the race the first few laps are very important."

Frank Kechele: "In motor racing in general and here at this circuit specifically, qualifying is all-important. I had a good start but picked up a bit of rubbish on my tyres, so it was only after a couple of laps that I could really start pushing Tobias. Unfortunately I could not get close enough."

Oliver Oakes: "I have been third now for the 4th time. I had a good start but my two collegues are just a bit faster than me. I really tried but could not close the gap. I really enjoyed the race here, although it was rather uneventful for me."

Race 2: The second race of the weekend provided even more action than the first one, with the drivers very closely together, usually only separated by a few tenths of a second. Sadly, Oliver Oakes wasn't able to enjoy this as he was sidelined with illness. Out in front, Tobias Hegewald repeated his success from the day before by claiming his third season win, again ahead of Frank Kechele, with Fabio Onidi in third, followed home by Brits Adam Christodoulou and Alexander Sims. Dimitri Rahklin wasn't able to continue his good form as he had to come into the pits twice for as many drive-through penalties. Polish driver, Matteusz Adamski, achieved his best result of the season so far by finishing 14th with his year-old car. His fellow-countryman Jakub Giermaziak finished a creditable eighth.

Tobias Hegewald: "It was not an easy race. My start was not the best and throughout the race I had to defend my position from Frank Kechele. He kept on pushing so I had to drive on the limit and could not let my concentration go for a second. But I am very happy with two first places this weekend."

Frank Kechele: "I had a good start. I wanted to catch Tobias as quickly as possible, but made a mistake under braking for the first corner. Tobias drove such a good race and made no mistakes, but I kept on pushing. As I said it is all in the qualifying and the first two laps, especially on this circuit with the long straight."

Oliver Oakes: "It was a difficult race. Even though Oliver Oakes did not start so I went to third place, I braked late for the first corner so I lost some time. Plus my car had understeer, so trying to catch up with Frank and Tobias became very difficult. It was a bit of a lonely race as there was quite a gap with Christodoulou, Sims and Bottas."

Next races: September 29-30, Oschersleben (D) <pre> Results: Race 1:

1. Tobias Hegewald Ger, Motorsport Arena 18 laps in 25.50.509 2. Frank Kechele Ger, Motopark Academy 1.173 3. Oliver Oakes GBr, Motopark Academy 4.827 4. Fabio Onidi Ita, Motorsport Arena 7.386 5. Adam Christodoulou GBr, AKA Cobra Racing 14.449 6. Valtteri Bottas Fin, Koirainen Bros. 15.316 7. Dimitri Raikhlin Rus, SL Formula Racing 22.877 8. Steffen Moeller Den, Formula Sport 24.795 9. Anton Nebylitskiy Rus, SL Formula Racing 25.483 10. Jakub Giermaziak Pol, Motopark Academy 26.553

Race 2:

1. Tobias Hegewald Ger, Motorsport Arena 18 laps in 26.01.126 2. Frank Kechele Ger, Motopark Academy 0.630 3. Fabio Onidi Ita, Motorsport Arena 10.540 4. Adam Christodoulou GBr, AKA Cobra Racing 14.261 5. Alexander Sims GBr, Manor Competition 15.825 6. Valtteri Bottas Fin, Koirainen Bros. 16.410 7. Steffen Moeller Den, Team Formula Sport 25.384 8. Jakub Giermaziak Pol, Motopark Academy 31.697 9. Alexander Haegermark Swe, KEO Racing 36.771 10. Anton Nebylitskiy Rus, SL Formula Racing 46.114

Points' standings after 10 rounds:

1. Frank Kechele 268 2. Tobias Hegewald 243 3. Valtteri Bottas 180 4. Fabio Onidi 142 5. Oliver Oakes 125 6. Steffen Moeller 113 7. Nicky Catsburg 105 8. Adam Christodoulou 96 9. Alexander Haegermark 93 10. Stef Dusseldorp 76

-credit: necup.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Fabio Onidi , Tobias Hegewald , Oliver Oakes , Anton Nebylitskiy , Alexander Sims , Valtteri Bottas , Adam Christodoulou , Stef Dusseldorp , Nicky Catsburg , Jakub Giermaziak , Frank Kechele
Teams Formula Racing