In for a Kubica vs Power duel? In Bilbao, two drivers took it in turns to put an end to the run of different winners in World Series Formula Renault 3.5: by taking their second victories of the season, Robert Kubica (Epsilon Euskadi) and ...
In for a Kubica vs Power duel?
In Bilbao, two drivers took it in turns to put an end to the run of different winners in World Series Formula Renault 3.5: by taking their second victories of the season, Robert Kubica (Epsilon Euskadi) and Will Power (Carlin Motorsport) both opened up a slight gap over their rivals. In theory, everything is still there for the taking for Adrian Valles (Pons Racing), Tristan Gommendy (KTR), Eric Salignon (Cram Comp0x00e9tition) and Markus Winkelhock (Draco Multiracing USA), who will be racing on home ground!
It is not quite the holidays yet for the World Series by Renault drivers. Next weekend, they gather at Oschersleben in Germany for the sixth meeting of the season.
At the head of the overall standings since the opening round in Zolder, Robert Kubica and the Epsilon Euskadi team arrive here once again as leaders. The Polish driver has a lead of 24 points over his closest rival, something which should enable to take on the second half of the season with a bit more peace-of-mind. When he knows that victory is out of his reach, the fine tactician Kubica knows how to make sure of a podium place to score the precious points he needs to move that bit closer to his objective: the title.
In comparison, Will Power's season has had a lot more ups and downs. By taking only one point from the first three races, the Australian seemed to have squandered his chances of taking the title. Then, after Valencia things were looking even worse with points from only one of the five races thus far! But in Le Mans, then in Bilbao, the Trevor Carlin proteege took two victories. From the last four races, he has scored more points than anyone else! Will anyone now be able to stop Power's drive?
But all placed within the same fifteen point margin - the equivalent of just one win - five drivers are determined to have their say in the duel which seems to be taking shape. Even if he has been off the pace since Le Mans, Adrian Valles (Pons Racing) still lies in third overall. The leader of the Pons Racing team is still in the hunt for his first victory, which would bring him right back up to the leaders! Despite a podium finish in Bilbao, Tristan Gommendy (KTR) also seems to have been out of luck since the French meeting. At the same time, the consistent form shown by Eric Salignon (Cram Competition) has enabled him to get right back on his countryman's tail!
The two last drivers in this chasing group will be highly motivated this weekend as they will be racing in front of their home crowd. After his win at Le Mans, Markus Winkelhock (Draco Multiracing USA) will be happy to be back in front of the crowd that he so delighted last year in DTM. Though he may be of Austrian nationality, Andreas Zuber (Carlin Motorsport) will feel more at home here than anywhere else. Like Valles and Salignon, Power's teammate is also still looking for his first win.
Daniel La Rosa and Interwetten.com will also be on home ground this weekend. It might give them the motivation to put in a repeat of their superb podium in Le Mans!
It is worth noting a few changes to the starting line-up. Enrico Toccacelo and Frederic Vervisch have put an end to their seasons with Victory Engineering and GD Racing. The DAMS will only be entering one car for Alx Danielsson while awaiting the comeback of Pastor Maldonado in Donington.