Triumph on home ground for SG Formula The World Series by Renault attracted 160.000 spectators at Le Mans for its second appearance on the Bugatti circuit. SG Formula dominated the meeting in Formula Renault 2.0, with a national victory, a...
Triumph on home ground for SG Formula
The World Series by Renault attracted 160.000 spectators at Le Mans for its second appearance on the Bugatti circuit. SG Formula dominated the meeting in Formula Renault 2.0, with a national victory, a podium finish in the first Eurocup race, 3 drivers in the Top 3 on the grid for Race 2 and a maiden motor racing win for Carlo Van Dam.
Carlo Van Dam secured the pole position for both races in qualifying. In Race 1, he missed his start and had to be content with the third step on the rostrum, but Sunday was definitely a glory day for the young Dutchman. He led from start to finish with team-mate Yann Clairay on his toes, and SG Formula could celebrate a superb one-two.
Yann Clairay's last run in a single seater car was at Monza last year, when he won the final round of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 with SG Formula. Then the Frenchman concentrated on his Sport-Prototype program. He took part in a few Le Mans Series races, and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But Yann wanted to practice in a single seater car in order to be ready for his Formula 3 debuts, set to happen soon. That was the reason for his Eurocup comeback.
Tom Dillmann was in the pace in qualifying, and the youngest driver of the team took 4th and 2nd places on the grids. Unfortunately, an ECU problem caused his retirement in Race 1, and a contact forced him to pit on Sunday. He started again to set the second fastest lap. Revenge came in the afternoon when he scored a well deserved and clear win in the ante-penultimate round of the Formula Renault 2.0 French Championship.
Stephane Guerin (Team Manager): "Carlo was the boss this week-end, Tom proved fast and consistant, and Yann boosted the team with his charisma and determination. We are all very happy and confident for the next races."
Most of the front runners didn't succeed in France while Van Dam scored loads of championship points, so the situation is wide open before the final races that will take place at Barcelona on October 28th and 29th. Former Karting European Champion Carlo Van Dam is up to second, just 4 points behind the leader...