Istanbul Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0: SG Formula leads the Teams championship SG Formula had a successful week-end at Istanbul Park, with two podium finishes for Carlo Van Dam who closes in to the championship leaders. The La Rochelle-based...
Istanbul Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0: SG Formula leads the Teams championship
SG Formula had a successful week-end at Istanbul Park, with two podium finishes for Carlo Van Dam who closes in to the championship leaders. The La Rochelle-based squad now leads the Teams Championship.
The new Istanbul Park venue is 40 km far from the 12 million-inhabitants city, but very far from La Rochelle, and the team's truck had to leave on Thursday June 8 to join the paddock on time.
For their first outing at Istanbul, the drivers improved their pace during the free practice sessions, and Carlo Van Dam eventually set the third fastest time. The rules have changed since Zolder. Now the drivers have to perform two flying laps instead of one in qualifying, with two sets of new tyres available. The key to the grid for race 1 is the fastest lap, while the second best determines the second race's grid.
Carlo put in great laps to secure 2nd and 3rd. To understand Tom Dillmann's case, you have to go back to what happened on Thursday. Tom was walking around the circuit when an accident involving an ATV resulted in a broken left foot. The young Frenchman had to change his habits and turn to right foot braking. He set a stunning 8th time in qualifying but unfortunately, the stewards dropped him to 19th and 23rd because the marshals helped him to restart after a spin.
Struggling for pace in practice, Sten Pentus produced a strong effort to qualify 18th and 13th.
After a difficult start, Carlo was in the pace of the winner in race 1 and came home second to score his first European podium finish this year. A determined Tom got the best out of his right foot to overtake 6 cars, recover 9th and earn two championship points. Sten spun twice but reached the finish line in 25th.
Another curious misadventure ruined Tom and Sten's second race. The red light was switched on one minute too early at the exit of the pitlane, and they both had to start from the back! What a shame for the Estonian driver who lost his 13th place on the grid, and had to be content with 22nd. Tom finished 24th after choosing to fight for the fastest lap. Carlo confirmed he was one of the pacesetters. He lost one place at the start, but quickly found a way back to third. Thanks to that, he is up to 4th in the championship standings.
The next race will take place in Misano, Italy, on July 15 and 16. SG Formula is now looking forward to the next French championship meeting in Val de Vienne, where the team won twice last year.