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Le Mans: Penultimate round preview

Five go racing Penultimate meeting of the season, the Le Mans round will be critical in deciding the outcome of the title. There will undoubtedly be winners and losers among the five leaders at the Bugatti circuit. But who from Andy Soucek ...

Five go racing

Penultimate meeting of the season, the Le Mans round will be critical in deciding the outcome of the title. There will undoubtedly be winners and losers among the five leaders at the Bugatti circuit. But who from Andy Soucek (Interwetten.com), Borja Garcia (RC Motorsport), Pastor Maldonado (Draco Multiracing USA), Alx Danielsson (Comtec Racing) and Alvaro Parente (Victory Engineering) will still be in the title race at the end of the French round of the World Series by Renault?

Four drivers were neck and neck before the Donington round. And now there are five! Thanks to a clean sweep in the UK, Danielsson has moved up alongside the group of leaders, with Soucek, Garcia, Maldonado and Parente.

The top five drivers are separated by a mere 14 points, a narrow gap when you consider that there are still 68 points up for grabs. Although he did not finish among the leaders in the UK, Andy Soucek collected points in both races, which means that he goes into the French round as championship leader.

Five points back in second place, Borja Garcia has still not won a race this season. But he has put his faith in consistency, and his approach has paid dividends so far! In contrast, despite collecting three wins, Pastor Maldonado has been let down by his lack of consistency. Five DNFs in thirteen races have left the Venezuelan in third place.

Unlucky in Spa, Danielsson's confidence was given a boost at the Nurburgring before he then went on to take the Donington meeting by storm. The Swedish driver's confidence is now at its peak. He has moved back into the leading group and now has a genuine chance of claiming the overall title.

After arriving in Donington as joint championship leader, Alvaro Parente ended the weekend in fifth, having failed to score a single point. A below par effort, but the Portuguese driver remains a potential champion.

After getting his season off to the perfect start in Zolder -- where he won both races -- Eric Salignon has been off the pace ever since. Soucek has moved above Salignon at Interwetten.com, who lead the Team standings. The Carpentras-based driver may well be able to take advantage of his local knowledge, to return to winning ways and get back in the title race in the process!

There are two other French drivers taking part in the World Series this season. After missing out at the Nurburgring, Patrick Pilet returned to racing in Donington with the rapidly improving Tech 1 Racing team. His car's setup was improved throughout the weekend and the man from Gers is confident for Le Mans.

Garcia's team-mate at RC Motorsport Bruce Jouanny has had a difficult season. But the Parisian was once again in the top ten in the green English countryside. Significant progress for Bruce which has more to do with hard work than luck!

With no less than sixteen drivers who have finished on the podium at least once this season, it is difficult to list all the potential winners. But worth a mention are South African driver Adrian Zaugg (Carlin Motorsport), the Yugoslavian Milos Pavlovic (Draco Multiracing USA), the Canadian Sean McIntosh (KTR) and British driver Ben Hanley (Cram Competition), who were the most impressive in Donington.

-credit: renault

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