NEC: Antonio Felix da Costa Spa and Vice Champion summary

Antonio Felix da Costa became Vice Champion of the Formula Renault Northern European Cup this weekend, at the final round held in the legendary track of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. In the first race, held in a dry track, Antonio started...

Antonio Felix da Costa became Vice Champion of the Formula Renault Northern European Cup this weekend, at the final round held in the legendary track of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

In the first race, held in a dry track, Antonio started from 4th position and had moved up to 3rd before the first corner. However, in that same corner he got hit by his ex-team mate at Tony Kart and was left with a severely damaged car. Showing his fighting spirit once again, he still got past Valtteri Bottas, 2008's super champion, moving into 2nd place. With his car losing power, he finished the race in 3rd place, conquering yet another podium.

The young driver from Cascais started the second race from 7th place on the grid. He had posted the 3rd fastest time in qualifying, but it was cancelled because it was made while there were yellow flags on the track. After the valuable points scored in the first race he maintained a controlled pace in the second one, keeping with his strategy of securing his main objective for this season -- the Vice Championship.

"There were many reasons to be happy this season, in which besides the vice-championship I was the best rookie and scored a total of 10 podium finishes. I was also lucky to have Valtteri Bottas as a team mate, a driver that will make headlines in the future, and who contributed a lot to my progression. I stood out this year and I am in a very good position to fight for the Formula Renault Eurocup, in which I will participate next year", commented Antonio.

Antonio Felix da Costa expects to have his racing program defined before the end of the month, and can't wait to take his prize for conquering the vice-championship -- a test with a World Series by Renault team which will take place in Paul Ricard on November 5, 6 and 7.

Antonio concluded: "None of this would have been possible without my sponsors, the support of my family and the contribution of this extraordinary team, Motopark Academy, to whom I offer my deep gratitude."

-credit: felixdacosta.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Valtteri Bottas , Antonio Felix da Costa