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Eurocup F.Renault: overall win for SG Formula's Rookie For the first time this season and in SG Formula's history, a Rookie driver won a Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race. Last week-end at the Nurburgring, 17 year-old Charles Pic secured pole ...

Eurocup F.Renault: overall win for SG Formula's Rookie

For the first time this season and in SG Formula's history, a Rookie driver won a Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race. Last week-end at the Nurburgring, 17 year-old Charles Pic secured pole position for races 1 and 2, took 2nd place on Saturday and a stunning lights to flag win on Sunday. Thanks to this achievement, he is now 2nd in the standings, six points behind the leader.

Charles Pic ended his first single seater season on the third step of the podium of the French Formula Campus championship last year. In Germany, Former F1 driver Eric Bernard's protege could have won both races. The stewards put Henki Waldschmidt's Saturday start under investigation, and it took them nearly 24 hours to confirm the Dutchman as winner. But on Sunday, Charles got away into a clear lead at the start. Closely chased by Waldschmidt, he never put a foot wrong and took his maiden win in Formula Renault 2.0. He also set the fastest lap. "We probably witnessed the birth of a new star" said team boss Stephane Guerin. "Charles deserved victory today, and I think he is going to win other races this year."

SG Formula's reputation for grooming future champions is strengthened by Charles Pic's European success, one week after Jules Bianchi took two Formula Renault wins and became championship leader in France. Jules is also 17, and he was still a Karting racer last year. With only two national meetings under his belt, he got a "wild card" to enter the Nurburgring event-- and set the fastest time in the first collective test sessions! The young gun from Brignoles had never driven at the German venue before. In qualifying, Jules was fourth fastest, but the stewards withdrew all his lap times, for overtaking during a yellow flag procedure. "Jules made a mistake, but the penalty is too severe" said Stephane Guerin. With 42 cars on the entry list, Nicolas Todt's protege lost the opportunity to fight in the leading pack, but was the second fastest driver in Race 1.

RDD's Nelson Panciatici dominated pre-season testing. At the Nurburgring, he proved fast in practice, but had to be content with two points after poor qualifying. "Nelson scored at Zolder and scored again yesterday, we are going to work harder and he will soon be back where he should be to challenge for the title" said Stephane Guerin. Penalized after Race 1, Alexandre Marsoin climbed from 12th on the grid to 8th, but logically dropped 19th after his drive through. Britton Jon Lancaster made a step forward in Germany, in performance and consistency, and came home close to scoring his first championship point on Sunday.

The next Eurocup meeting will take place in Hungary after a two month-break. But SG Formula aces will take part in the third French Formula Renault event next week-end at Dijon.

-credit: team sg formula

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Alexandre Marsoin , Charles Pic , Nicolas Todt , Jon Lancaster , Jules Bianchi , Nelson Panciatici