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Istanbul: Post-race summary

A look back at Istanbul At this second meeting for the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Megane Trophy and the third outing for the World Series Formula Renault 3.5, the 2006 season could finally get underway for real. None of the winners...

A look back at Istanbul

At this second meeting for the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Megane Trophy and the third outing for the World Series Formula Renault 3.5, the 2006 season could finally get underway for real. None of the winners in Zolder were able to repeat their success here in Istanbul, leaving all three Championships wide open. Look forward to a hot Summer in store!

35,000 spectators at Istanbul Park More than 35,000 spectators attended the second meeting of the 2006 World Series by Renault season. Attendance was 10,000 on Saturday, peaking at 25,000 on Sunday before the concert given by Kenan Dogulu. The event pulled a enthusiastic crowd, keen to find out more about the world of circuit racing.

World Series Formula Renault 3.5: and then there were four! By taking thirty points from the last three races, Alvaro Parente (Victory Engineering) is the man of the moment. This form brings him up to the leading group of Borja Garcia (RC Motorsport), Pastor Maldonado (Draco Multiracing USA) and Eric Salignon (Interwetten.com). These three drivers all seem to have suffered a downturn in their fortunes recently. One thing is for sure: the four leaders are now all within just four points of each other going into Misano!

All teams now in the points All of the fifteen teams running in World Series Formula Renault 3.5 have now made it into the points. Patrick Pilet and Ryo Fukuda brought home the first points of the season this weekend for GD Racing and Tech 1 Racing respectively.

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0: Mustonen leads without a win With four top five finishes in four races, the Finn Atte Mustonen (Koiranen Bros) moved to the top of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 standings in Istanbul. For the time being, the man who dreams of following in Kimi Raikkonen's footsteps is yet to take a victory. Dani Clos (Jenzer Motorsport), Carlo Van Dam (SG Formula) and Chris Van der Drift (JD Motorsport) are shaping up to be Mustonen's most serious rivals. However, things are starting to look a little more tricky for Adrian Zaugg (Cram Competition) and Junior Strous (Jenzer Motorsport).

Buemi on the road Sebastien Buemi took advantage of a break in the F3 Euro Series race calendar to take part in two meetings in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup at the Nurburgring and Zandvoort. This enabled him to take a look at two circuits which he will return to this Summer in F3. The Swiss driver was also in attendance of Istanbul as part of the Motopark Academy roster. The result: two points finishes!

Eurocup Megane Trophy: Badey keeps a cool head "The champion won't be the driver who wins the most races, but the one who scores the most points!" Ludovic Badey isn't usually one for just stating the obvious, but he has clearly understood that consistency is going to be key this season. As the only driver to have made it onto the podium for every race so far, the TDS driver now has a slight lead in the overall standings. His rivals Cesar Campanico (Racing for Belgium), Jaap Van Lagen (Equipe Verschuur) and Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Epsilon Euskadi) can't say they haven't been warned!

Dhouailly goes to Thierry Boutsen Racing The young driver Sebastien Dhouailly has decided to continue his season with Thierry Boutsen Racing. The change came into force in Istanbul: "After Fred Gabillon put an end to his season with Team Lompech, I felt a bit isolated there. I think I don't have sufficient experience to go it alone and I need a teammate to help me raise my game. I hope that's exactly what Renaud Kuppens will do."

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