98,000 spectators at Zolder The first World Series by Renault meeting of 2007 was a huge success in terms of popularity, with 98,000 spectators in attendance over the course of the weekend. But further events are already in view with testing ...
98,000 spectators at Zolder
The first World Series by Renault meeting of 2007 was a huge success in terms of popularity, with 98,000 spectators in attendance over the course of the weekend. But further events are already in view with testing for the Formula Renault 3.5 this week at Magny-Cours and the Nurburgring meeting on May 5-6.
98,000 spectators: a new attendance record!
There were 79,000 in 2005, 87,000 in 2006 and this year there were no fewer than 98,000 fans! Year after year, the World Series by Renault becomes increasingly popular among Belgian fans. On the Saturday, there was an estimated crowd of 30,000 spectators and 68,000 on the Sunday. A level of success which can in part be explained by the summer-like weather, the major promotional work carried out by Renault Belgium and the wide distribution of invitations by the meeting's commercial partners.
Penalties in Eurocup Megane Trophy
Six drivers were handed 10-second penalties after race 2 of the Eurocup Megane Trophy: Michael Rossi was penalized for driving in the pit lane while it was closed for the safety car procedure, whereas Mike Verschuur, Wim Beelem, Bernhard Ten Brinke, Geoffroy Horion and Maxime Martin were penalized for failure to comply with the pit stop procedure. Sebastien Dhouailly thus moves up to fifth place.
Two appeals in progress
The results of two Zolder races have been suspended, following appeals lodged with sporting bodies. In the Eurocup Megane Trophy race 1, Race Performance has appealed against the 60-second penalty given to Ralph Meichtry for failing to refuel before the end of the race. Prema Power Team has appealed against the disqualification of Henki Waldschmidt in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race 1 for technical non-compliance (presence of an unauthorized finishing seal between the chassis and the undertray of his car).
Testing at Magny-Cours
Away from the track since Monza, the Formula Renault 3.5 cars return to action on Wednesday and Thursday at Magny-Cours for two days of collective testing. The Nivers circuit will also be the venue for the French round of the World Series by Renault on September 22-23.
Richard Philippe to miss Magny-Cours test
Injured with a double fracture of the hand (metacarpus for the connoisseurs) after crashing at Monza, young Richard Philippe (Fortec Motorsport) will be unable to take part in collective testing this week. But he hopes to have recovered in time for the Nurburgring meeting: "That's racing for you, I have asked the team to send me my steering wheel so I can get a splint made to measure to support my hand." Get well soon, Richard!
Full line-up for Nurburgring
The next meeting will be held at the legendary Nurburgring circuit. For the first time this season, all three categories - World Series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Eurocup Megane Trophy will be racing. The racing line-up will be completed by the German Clio Cup, which started last weekend at Zolder.