Under the hot Valencia sun-- After the legendary circuit of Monaco, the World Series by Renault drivers head towards Spain for the third meeting of the year. There have already been three different winning drivers this season: Enrico Toccacelo...
Under the hot Valencia sun--
After the legendary circuit of Monaco, the World Series by Renault drivers head towards Spain for the third meeting of the year. There have already been three different winning drivers this season: Enrico Toccacelo (Victory Engineering) and Robert Kubica (Epsilon Euskadi) at Zolder and Christian Montanari (Draco Multiracing USA) at Monaco. The three Spanish drivers -- Adrian Valles, Felix Porteiro and Celso Miguez -- hope to add their name to the list of winners on home territory!
For Adrian Valles (Pons Racing) and Felix Porteiro (Epsilon Euskadi), the fiesta started last Sunday with an exhibition of their cars at Valencia's City of Art and Science, as part of the Spanish Day of Sport. A great opportunity to kick-off festivities at the first Spanish leg of the WSR, before the formula returns to Spain and the urban circuit in Bilbao, on July 15-17!
A few modifications to the list of participating drivers are to be noted. All are pleased to see the return of Alx Danielsson at Dams, having recovered from the injury he suffered at Zolder. The name of the Swedish driver's team-mate, due to replace Pastor Maldonado who is suspended until the Donington meeting, has not yet been communicated. At Eurointernational, the inclusion of Matteo Meneghello is subject to the outcome of an appeal lodged by the team, after the accident at Monaco. Finally, Stefano Proetto has not confirmed his return to racing for Interwetten.com.
Pons Racing and Epsilon Euskadi, from Catalonia and the Basque country respectively, are the two teams that have been fighting it out for top billing since the start of the season. They will both be keen to do well in front a crowd that will be cheering them on. Pons Racing may attract additional support due to their line up of two Iberian drivers.
Originally from Teulada, around sixty miles from Valencia, Adrian Valles will be welcomed like a local. Boosted by his podium finish in Monaco, he will be determined to keep his good run going. As for his team-mate Celso Miguez, he will be looking to score his first points of the season.
The ambitions of Epsilon Euskadi, leader in both the Team and Drivers standings with Robert Kubica, remain very high. The Polish driver, winner at Zolder, will be looking to confirm his position as leader. Having twice got into the points, Felix Porteiro would like to go one step further and climb onto the podium.
Apart from Kubica, two other drivers have caught they eye since the start of the season. Enrico Toccacelo and Christian Montanari have won a race each, showing great composure, but they are a few points behind, having both had to abandon one race.
Twice in the first three, Andreas Zuber (Carlin Motorsport) was a revelation at Zolder. After being excluded from Monaco's race, the Austrian must now defend his second place! Other drivers to watch closely include Jaap Van Lagen and Tristan Gommendy, the two KTR drivers, Markus Winkelhock (Draco Multiracing USA), Simon Pagenaud (DHG Saulnier Racing) -- winner on this circuit in last year's Eurocup Formula Renault 2000 -- and Will Power (Carlin Motorsport).
Others, however, will want to put a disappointing start to the season behind them. Giorgio Mondini (Eurointernational), Ryo Fukuda (DHG Saulnier Racing) and Colin Fleming (Jenzer Motorsport) will be very determined to make their car liveries shine under the hot Valencia sun--