Successful Czech adventure for NEC in MOST The Truck Prix weekend of 29th and 30th of August offered an amazing sixth round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup. On Saturday, Czech Adam Kout for Krenek Motorsport was the first one...
Successful Czech adventure for NEC in MOST
The Truck Prix weekend of 29th and 30th of August offered an amazing sixth round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup. On Saturday, Czech Adam Kout for Krenek Motorsport was the first one ever to win a race of Formula Renault 2.0 NEC for his home audience in the Czech Republic. Antonio Felix Da Costa had earned pole position for the second race by finishing on eight position on Saturday and drove to an easy seventh victory of the season.
The event started of with the last official test day of the season on Thursday the 27th. All drivers had the opportunity to get to know the track and adjust the set up of their car to the fast corners in Most. Spread over 4 sessions of each one hour, the fastest times were for Adrian Quaife Hobbs, Kuba Giermaziak, Antonio Felix da Costa and Adam Kout. The conditions for this official test day were not optimal for the cars, as the Czech valley of Most had very dense fog in the morning. After it had cleared up, the boys of the Northern European Cup had to deal with considerable heat (30 degrees Celsius).
On Friday, the drivers and teams of NEC were in for a long wait, which was extended by the fact that one of the FIA European Trucks had caused a massive accident leaving the track in full throttle, shooting over the guard rail and finally ending in the trees of the Most valley. This meant that the track had to be fixed quickly and after a 1.5 hrs delay the Formula Renaults could make their final practice before qualifying on Saturday Morning.
During qualification, Adam Kout put the first real time to beat at 1.32.494, followed by Quaife Hobbs and leader in the championship Felix Da Costa. A surprisingly good fourth place for Toomas Heikkinen of Finnish Koiranen Brothers gave a good balance in the first two lines of the starting grid.
When the starting lights turned off, Kout was well on his way and remained untouched by the huge start crash in the first corner of the track. The crash took out four cars immediately, resulting in a very early end of the race for Daniel de Jong, Jimmy Eriksson, Daniel Aho and Jesse Laine. Not much later Luis Sa Silva also had to return his car to its pit box and retired from the race.
Kevin Korjus took a lot of risk, avoiding the big crash in the first meters of race one, which paid off very well, having second position entering the second lap. After the two laps behind the safety car, offering marshals to clean the track, he fought hard to keep the Motorpark boys away. The 16 year old rookie in the championship performed great, withstanding the continuous pressure of the black and white cars from Timo Rumpfkeil. With Kevin Magnussen on third place, the podium consisted of three different teams and the Czech national hymn to celebrate its premiere in Most.
The second race on the biggest motorsport event in the Czech Republic started rather unusually with a special reason. In order to pay the lasts respect to former NEC driver Thomas Knopper, the entire starting field of Formula Renault got out of their cars at the 5 minute sign and took a moment of silence to remember one of their talented competitors of 2008. After getting back in their cars, the race proceeded as normal.
Antonio Felix da Costa was back in the position he knows best in this season of Formula Renault. He took off at the start and would not be threatened by any other competitor for the 25 minutes that followed. Kevin Magnussen was very fast in the twelfth race of the championship and made his way up from sixth to third position, his fifth third position in a row. The race was temporarily put on hold in the third lap by the safety car, which had to come on track after Karl Oscar Liiv had damaged his car in such a way he could not continue his way to pit lane. The safety car left in the fifth lap, giving way to the continuation of the race. Unfortunately Kevin Korjus was one of the few that had to prematurely end his race, and could not continue his great success earlier that weekend.
The podium was one we had seen before, with Antonio Felix Da Costa on the highest step, joined by two Danish team members of Motopark Academy. Marco Sorensen and Kevin Magnussen finished in that order, securing more precious points for the team and their standing in the championship.
Felix Da Costa now leads with 262 points, followed by Kevin Magnussen with 188. Sorensen also did a good job for his standings overall with a third position at the moment. Finnish Daniel Aho is still the best non Motopark driver with fourth place overall and a 165 points.
The next round of Formula Renault NEC will be held during the World Series by Renault at the Nurburgring on the 18th to the 20th of September 2009.