NEC: Johan Jokinen Oschersleben weekend summary

Dane Johan Jokinen took pole, podium and a win at Oschersleben Is now 3rd overall in the Northern European Cup This weekend Johan Jokinen competed in the 7th and 8th rounds of the Northern European Cup in Formula Renault 2.0 in Oschersleben, ...

Dane Johan Jokinen took pole, podium and a win at Oschersleben Is now 3rd overall in the Northern European Cup

This weekend Johan Jokinen competed in the 7th and 8th rounds of the Northern European Cup in Formula Renault 2.0 in Oschersleben, Germany.

The Friday started well with the second best time in the morning's free practice on a wet track, but the track had dried up for the afternoon's practice and both driving and set-up had to be adjusted to the new conditions. Johan Jokinen, however, only made 1½ lap as he hit a kerb unfortunately, spun on the wet grass and damaged the suspension of his front right wheel, so the first qualification had to be carried out without any practice on slicks.

In the first qualification Johan managed to qualify for 5th place after 5-6 laps, and with this experience he set out for the second qualification in which he managed to secure pole position in his one free flying lap, his first pole this season.

"My team and I decided to use the first qualification to figure out the condition of the track after the FIA GT's has left a lot of rubber in the line, and then go for it all in the second. Unfortunately a car drove off the track right in front of me which ruined two of my fastest laps because of yellow flag, but I managed in the end to get a completely free lap and that was enough. Now I'll just try to get as much as possible out of my 5th starting position in the first race Saturday, and on Sunday the goal is naturally to be on top of the podium", said Johan Jokinen after the qualifications.

Next day was sunny and dry and Jokinen showed excellent driving during the race. He had a good start though he lost a place in the first corner. But after two laps and the same amount of overtakings Johan was fourth and started to chase the three cars in front of him. He made quickest lap a couple of times during his pursuit, and in a spectacular overtaking of the German Maximilian Wissel he made it to third. He reached the rear of the Finn Daniel Aho's car but never managed to pass him before the chequered flag.

Johan's teammate from Motopark Academy, the Portuguese Antonio Felix Da Costa could leisurely drive his car home to victory from his pole position while Jokinen, Aho and Wissel were fighting behind him for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions.

"The front three cars got too far ahead of me in the start for me to catch up with them all, but I'm very satisfied with my race. I chose in the end not to risk my third place in a hazardous overtaking and just take home some important points for the championship. The car drove perfectly and my team, Motopark Academy, had done a super job. I'm looking very much forward to tomorrow when I start from pole", said Johan Jokinen after the race.

On Sunday Jokinen started from pole. After a bit of confusion due to red flag at the start, Jokinen took over the race and led it home from start to finish. Unnecessary tension was built up in the start when the red flag suddenly came out and as well as several other drivers Jokinen turned off his engine, when suddenly the "5 seconds to start"-sign appeared and luckily he managed to get the engine going again and make a good enough start to retain his leading position.

In the first couple of laps there was a little pressure from behind, but after that Jokinen slowly but surely advanced from his closest pursuer, the winner from the previous day, Antonio Felix Da Costa, and the distance between them at the finishing line was just under four seconds. Jokinen showed perfect driving and had control of the race all the way through. During the race he also claimed the fastest lap.

"I had an almost faultless race, and the car worked perfectly for me. Despite the confusion at the start due to the red flag, I managed to get a good start and could lead the race from there without problems. Great thanks to my team Motopark Academy who once again had done a fantastic job and seen to the perfect set-up", says Johan Jokinen.

Jokinen is now 3rd overall in the standings with 137 points. The lead is still held by Finnish Valtteri Bottas with 180 points ahead of the Portuguese Antonio Felix Da Costa in 2nd with 150 points, all three Motopark Academy drivers.

"We're now half way through the season so there's still a long way to go. The next two races take place in the first weekend of August, and that's in Assen, Holland, where I have never driven before, so it can prove to be a difficult task. But with the shape I'm in at present my goal is a podium", says the young Danish driver.

The races can be watched on www.raceworld.tv.

-credit: jokinen.dk

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Maximilian Wissel , Valtteri Bottas , Johan Jokinen