EFREN: Argentina drivers FRenault V6 Donington report

Lopez takes first and third at Donington Jose Maria Lopez had his almost perfect weekend at the fourth double round of the Eurocup Formula Renault V6 disputed at Donington. The Argentinian took the victory in saturday and arrived third on ...

Lopez takes first and third at Donington

Jose Maria Lopez had his almost perfect weekend at the fourth double round of the Eurocup Formula Renault V6 disputed at Donington. The Argentinian took the victory in saturday and arrived third on sunday after a great work.

¨Pechito¨ shown all his talent and capacity to drive very quick as he always do.

Lopez dominated all the 30 laps of the first competition from the pole position to take his first victory at the Eurocup FRV6. The 20 years old driver had a fantastic car and he used it very well. It was so confortably the race for him that he didn`t loose the leadership during the pitstop.

Finally ¨Pechito¨ took the victory after 44m32s827 at 162,400 km/h. The French Tristan Gommendy finished second at 9s095 of the winner, while the Swiss Neel Jani arrived third at 17s074. Lopez also did the fastest lap with 1m27s369 at 165 km/h.

¨This is wonderful. Since I arrived to Donington, I knew this could be a good weekend. The qualify session confirmed it and now there`s no doubt after the victory. The car was good during all the race. We really need this result. The team worked very hard during the lasts weeks¨, Lopez commented.

On sunday during the lap before the start, Jaime Melo jr. bumped the car of the Argentinian driver and complicated the perfonmance of his machine for the race.

With this problem Lopez lost the chance to fight for the victory after started from the first row.

The third position allow ¨Pechito¨ to continue adding points for the championship. This was the fourth consecutive podium (third at Magny Cours and Monaco, victory at Donington on saturday and again third on sunday) and he has three poles position after seven races.

¨The third place is good, after the problem with Melo, who bumped at the back. That complicated me all the race. I`m not much happy because I could fight the first position. But we took important points for the championship¨, said Jose Maria after the podium.

The victory was for the Japanesse Kousuke Matsura from the pole position followed by Gommendy both drivers of the Signature team.

Lopez, who has the of Renault Driver Development is doing a great job this season from less to more after a difficult season start. After this weekend the Argentinian did an important jump to continue fighting for the championship that has Melo jr. as leader with 122 points followed by Jani with 120. Third is Gommendy with102 while ¨Pechito¨ is fourth with 100.

The next round will be on July 26th. and 27th. at the fantastic circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, a great chance for Lopez to keep showing his talent to the world.

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Jaime Melo , Neel Jani , Tristan Gommendy , Jose Maria Lopez