SG Formula takes double Eurocup win at Estoril La Rochelle-based team SG Formula dominated the 11th and 12th rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. Jon Lancaster scored two race victories, one pole position and two fastest laps, while...
SG Formula takes double Eurocup win at Estoril
La Rochelle-based team SG Formula dominated the 11th and 12th rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. Jon Lancaster scored two race victories, one pole position and two fastest laps, while Charles Pic completed a 1-2 for the French team on Saturday.
Jon Lancaster started the season with only two Formula Renault UK Winter Series meetings under his belt. Thanks to this brace of lights-to-flag wins in Portugal, one week after taking his first French Championship victory at Magny-Cours, he has moved up to second in the provisional standings behind newly crowned Eurocup champion Brendon Hartley, and just three points ahead of team-mate Charles Pic. "Jon has the talent to become a great racing driver. Now the team knows all the words of God Save the Queen by heart!" Team-manager Stephane Guerin said after the podium ceremony.
Charles Pic found a slower driver in his way in qualifying and lost an almost certain double pole position. He had to be satisfied with second and tenth. On Saturday, he secured a second place finish, and then recovered eighth on Sunday. Stephane Guerin said: "Charles impressed again this week-end. He pushed hard, enjoyed himself and the way he overtook Jaime Alguersuari round the outside of Turn 1 was just breath-taking."
Alexandre Marsoin has been through ups and downs. He qualified 8th and 6th but dropped back to 13th in race one. He ran fifth for much of the race on Sunday, and was an eventual sixth on the line after a hard battle. "When Alex is at his best, he can fight among the Top Five of the Eurocup" said Stephane Guerin.
Two new drivers have joined the team's line-up for the rest of the season: 18-year old Fabio Onidi, from Italy, and 17-year old Anton Nebiltskiy from Russia. "We had to get to kwow each other first. Fabio wasn't able to make the best of his tyres in qualifying, but produced flying starts and solid races, to finish 12th on Sunday. I think he will surprise at Barcelona. Anton had a difficult start of his racing career over the past two years. He has a lot to learn, but he is motivated and showed huge potential. We had a great time working together. After an early clash in race one, he had to pit for a new crash box. We talked before he got back on track-- and he set the eighth fastest time and was the fastest driver in the second sector, which is the most difficult in Estoril" said Stephane Guerin.
SG Formula is heading to Barcelona with six Eurocup entries, including the 2007 French champion Jules Bianchi. The team is aiming to secure second and third positions in the Eurocup's final ranking.