EU 2.0: Series Silverstone race two report

Vergne leaps forward The Silverstone circuit saw Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula) claim his second win of the season in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. The Frenchman took advantage of a coming together between Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) and...

Vergne leaps forward

The Silverstone circuit saw Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula) claim his second win of the season in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. The Frenchman took advantage of a coming together between Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) and Antonio Felix da Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) to do some important catching up in the overall standings. Adam Kout (Krenek Motorsport) and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Motopark Academy) also claimed podium finishes.

Just like in race 1, Jean-Eric Vergne started from pole position in race 2 at Silverstone. Today he shared the front row with Albert Costa. The two drivers attacked the first turn in the same order. Adam Kout was in third, with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Arthur Pic (SG Formula) and Antonio Felix da Costa hot on his heels. The first lap saw a 360o. spin from Kevin Magnussen (Motopark Academy). The Danish driver got off lightly, but dropped back from 7th to 17th place.

Jean-Eric Vergne and Albert Costa quickly pulled away from the chasing pack, led by Adam Kout. Albert Costa was looking for an opening and was looming larger and larger in Jean-Eric Vergne's rear-view mirrors. The Spanish driver tried his luck at pretty much every bend but the Frenchman resisted.

In lap 6, Albert Costa, trying to get through on the inside, had to run off to avoid a crash. He rejoined back in 7th position. Costa wasted no time in getting past Matias Laine (Motopark Academy) to move back up to 6th, just behind Antonio Felix da Costa. But at that point Albert Costa threw caution to the wind and found himself broadsiding Antonio Felix da Costa on lap 8. Both drivers were left stranded, so numbers one and two in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 overall standings retired from the race together.

This left Jean-Eric Vergne alone in the lead and Adam Kout in second place. It was now Kout's turn, in fact, to be put under severe pressure with incessant attacks from Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Arthur Pic. The Czech driver refused to be overwhelmed by their advances and drove to his first podium finish in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. Despite a final attempt from Adrian Quaife-Hobbs in the last lap, the order remained unchanged.

So Jean-Eric Vergne took his second win of the season,, ahead of Adam Kout and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. In spite of having to retire, Antonio Felix de Costa (Motopark Academy) stays on top of the overall standings, four points ahead of Albert Costa. But it's Jean-Eric Vergne who can consider today's race a good job done, as it propels him into third place in the championship standings, before heading to Le Mans in a fortnight's time.

Quote, unquote:

Jean-Eric Vergne: "The car was more effective than yesterday, we've really improved the behaviour. The start of the race was pretty eventful with Albert. He wanted to pass me, but I closed the door. I'm here to win races, not to settle for second. This win was important, my goal is still to be champion this season."

Adam Kout: "It's been a fantastic weekend. The qualifying sessions were a great moment for me. Yesterday the race was more difficult, but I'm over the moon with this first podium. The Krenek Motorsport team is making lots of progress, we're working hard and this result is a reward for all our efforts. I'm dreaming of a win now."

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs: "I've had ups and downs this weekend. We were very quick in collective testing, but a lot less quick in qualifying. The race didn't go well yesterday ; but fortunately I'm on the podium today. I was quicker than Adam, but there was no way of overtaking, he didn't make a mistake."

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Albert Costa , Adrian Quaife-Hobbs , Adam Kout , Antonio Felix da Costa , Jean-Eric Vergne , Matias Laine , Arthur Pic