NEC 2.0: Oschersleben race notes

Kechele and Christodoulou take wins at Oschersleben For the first time this season, the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 raced in Germany. At the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, the series had two rounds on the support bill of the...

Kechele and Christodoulou take wins at Oschersleben

For the first time this season, the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 raced in Germany. At the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, the series had two rounds on the support bill of the prestigious FIA GT championship and thrilled the crowd with a bumper grid of 30 cars, the largest entry of all categories that raced at Oschersleben this weekend. Frank Kechele and Riki Christodoulou were the winners of the two races.

Race 1: German driver, Frank Kechele, started from pole position and led all the way from lights to flag to claim his third victory of the season. It was also an important success for his Motopark Academy team in its home race. Tobias Hegewald completed the 1-2 for the local team by claiming second place, setting the fastest lap time of the race underway. Hegewald inherited second after British driver Dean Smith was disqualified after the race for having jumped the start. His compatriot and Fortec Motorsport team- mate Duncan Tappy saved the honour for Richard Dutton's team by finishing third, one place ahead of his Japanese team-mate Ryuji Yamamoto, with Finn Valtteri Bottas fifth.

Frank Kechele: "The start was perfect. I was a little bit worried about the first corner as it is really tight for so many cars. Dean Smith kept pushing me all the time so I had to be very focused during the whole race. I have to start from third place tomorrow so I had to save my tyres as well. This huge field of cars makes for good racing."

Tobias Hegewald: "My start was not so good, the car had some oversteer and some understeer. Also the wind was bothering me a lot and I could not find the correct brake balance. But all in all I am very satisfied with the result."

Duncan Tappy: "This was my first race abroad and so obviously my first race at Oschersleben. I am very happy with the result though I feel sorry for Dean Smith. I have to thank my mechanic Paul who worked very hard to get my car in order as I had blown my engine during second qualifying."

Race 2: British driver, Riki Christodoulou (Fortec Motorsport) scored his first win of the season and underlined his strong performance by setting the fastest race lap. After 17 laps, he took the chequered flag with a margin of 2.840 seconds over German Frank Kechele, who had claimed second from Valtteri Bottas after the latter was held up while trying to overtake a slower car. Kechele finished second to extend his championship lead, Bottas came home third. Duncan Tappy, who started from the back of the grid after an engine failure in qualifying, had a great recovery to finish eleventh.

Riki Christodoulou: "Everything was perfect. I had the best start I ever made, I drove the best lap I ever drove, it was just awesome!"

Frank Kechele: "My race wasn't as good as yesterday, but I am satisfied with my second place. I took my chance and overtook Bottas for second when he was held up by a slower car. I am happy with my lead in the championship after two weekends."

Valtteri Bottas: "I had a good start and I really tried hard to win, but I couldn't catch the two guys in front of me. But keeping in mind that this was only my second weekend of racing, it is great being runner-up in the points' standings."

Next races: July 21-22, Assen (NL)

Results:

Race 1: 1. Frank Kechele (Ger, Motopark Academy), 17 laps in 25:02.173, 2. Tobias Hegewald (Ger, Motorsport Arena), 2.077, 3. Duncan Tappy (GBr, Fortec Motorsport), 3.128, 4. Ryuji Yamamoto (Jap, Fortec Motorsport), 9.634, 5. Valtteri Bottas (Fin, Koiranen Bros.), 10.332, 6. Riki Christodoulou (GBr, Fortec Motorsport), 11.082. 7. Fabio Onidi (Ita, Motorsport Arena), 13.408, 8. Steffen Moeller (Den, Formula Sport), 14.516, 9. Alexander Haegermark (Swe, Alexander Haegermark), 18.045, 10. Stef Dusseldorp (Ned, Van Amersfoort), 21.913.

Race 2: 1. Riki Christodoulou (GBr, Fortec Motorsport), 17 laps in 24.59.785, 2. Frank Kechele (Ger, Motopark Academy), 2.840, 3. Valtteri Bottas (Fin, Koiranen Bros), 3.067, 4. Tobias Hegewald (Ger, Motorsport Arena), 6.703, 5. Oliver Oakes (GBr, Motopark Academy), 9,063, 6. Nicky Catsburg (Ned, MP Motorsport), 21.927, 7. Steffen Moeller (Den, Formula Sport), 22.494, 8. Joonas Mannerjavi (Fin, Motopark Academy), 27.741, 9. Joonas Kostiainen (Fin, Koiranen Bros), 38.652, 10. Dennis Retera (Ned, AR Motorsport), 47.576.

-credit: renaultnec

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Dean Smith , Tobias Hegewald , Dennis Retera , Duncan Tappy , Oliver Oakes , Valtteri Bottas , Riki Christodoulou , Frank Kechele
Teams MP Motorsport