EU 2.0: Barcelona preview

Just like the big boys Like their "big brothers" in the World Series Formula Renault 3.5, the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0's drivers have done their best to maintain the suspense right to the end. There will be six drivers in Barcelona in with a...

Just like the big boys

Like their "big brothers" in the World Series Formula Renault 3.5, the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0's drivers have done their best to maintain the suspense right to the end. There will be six drivers in Barcelona in with a chance of claiming the title. For now, the advantage is with Chris Van der Drift (JD Motorsport) and Carlo Van Dam (SG Formula), but anything can happen.

If the 2005 season was a game of cat-and-mouse between Michael Ammermuller and Kamui Kobayashi, this season has been far more open. With only two races to go, any one of six drivers could be champion.

Arriving at Le Mans with a clear lead over the field, Chris Van der Drift (JD Motorsport) lost his way, scoring only three points. But it can hardly be held against him, as it was his first time on the French track. The same weekend, Carlo Van Dam (SG Formula) and Bertrand Baguette (Epsilon Euskadi) - two regulars in the French Championship - claimed their first wins of the season and climbed back into contention for the title.

With only four points between them, Van der Drift and Van Dam still lead. Like Baguette, Van Dam will race this weekend in the last round of the French Championship at Magny-Cours. A great chance to prepare for the final round.

In fifth place, 18 points off the lead, Dani Clos (Jenzer Motorsport) also has a strong case. The Catalan driver won the Italian Championship with victories in the last two races at Monza, which should restore his confidence after some poor showings in the Eurocup. In front of his home crowd, Dani certainly won't lack support!

Winner of the North European Cup, Filipe Albuquerque (Motopark Academy) has also been off the pace in Eurocup since the summer. The pressure is off the Portuguese driver, so he can really go hell for leather. Kasper Andersen (JD Motorsport) is in the same situation, always in the leading pack in the Eurocup, but still looking for that elusive first win.

Among the other drivers in with a chance of finishing the season on the podium are: Atte Mustonen (Jenzer Motorsport), Tom Dillmann (SG Formula), Sebastien Buemi (Motopark Academy), Edoardo Piscopo (Cram Competition), Brendon Hartley (Motorsport Arena) and Xavier Maasen (JD Motorsport). Not forgetting another local boy made good, Jaime Alguersuari Jr (Cram Competition), on the podium at Misano.

In the Team classifications, JD Motorsport leads SG Formula by 28 points going into this final race, and the Italian team should take over the title from the French outfit.

-credit: wsbyrenault.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Kamui Kobayashi , Xavier Maassen , Bertrand Baguette , Sébastien Buemi , Tom Dillmann , Brendon Hartley , Filipe Albuquerque , Atte Mustonen , Carlo Va , Dani Clos , Jaime Alguersuari
Teams Jenzer Motorsport