1 week-end, 6 drivers, 16 trophies!
Jaime Alguersuari was the only "non-SG Formula" driver to make it to the podium in Formula Renault 2.0 at Barcelona: Jon Lancaster took another pair of Eurocup wins for the French team, while teammate Charles Pic finished twice in third. In the French Championship final rounds, SG Formula took an impressive 1-2-3 on Saturday and a fantastic 1-2-3-4 on Sunday, with Jules Bianchi and Jon Lancaster on the top step of the national series podiums.
Jon Lancaster has scored more wins than any other driver in this year's Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. At the Circuit de Catalunya, he was second on race one's grid, but made the best getaway and grabbed the lead at the first corner. The driver from Leeds eased away from the pack and set the fastest lap time on his way to another "God Save the Queen". He produced a similar effort from pole on Sunday and was never headed to take his fifth Eurocup victory of the season.
Nurburgring race winner Charles Pic finished third in both races and also took the third spot in the final championship standings. The Frenchman had to battle hard to recover from start positions 6 and 4. Alexandre Marsoin took a solid fifth place on Saturday but struggled on Sunday and had to settle for eleventh. Jules Bianchi, who was still driving karts last year, experienced the Eurocup for the third time at Barcelona. Poleman at the Hungaroring, the newly-crowned French Champion suffered an engine failure during the collective tests at Barcelona, and qualified 7th and 6th. A clash at the start on Saturday caused a puncture and he retired at turn one, but he finished ninth on Sunday. Fabio Onidi and Anton Nebilitskyi arrived at the team at Estoril, and they performed well at Barcelona. The Italian driver moved up 10 places on Saturday and 12 on Sunday, and the Russian improved his pace in qualifying.
Before Sunday night's prize giving ceremonies, Team-Manager Stephane Guerin said: "we achieved our goal, which was to have Jon and Charles on the championship's podium. Jon has gone down in the team's history with his incredible series of four Eurocup wins in a row. Charles raised his game since Estoril, he pushed hard and overtook a lot. He did what he had to do to secure a superb championship position. Alex and Jules did a good job too, and I am also satisfied about how Fabio and Anton progressed throughout the week-end. It's been a fantastic year for the team, with 15 race wins in France and Europe, and the French driver, team and rookie titles. Now we have to concentrate on preparing for the 2008 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and West European Cup as well as for our Formula 3 Euro Series debut."