NEC 2.0: Assen preview

Swedish Formula Renault 2.0 to visit Assen ASSEN - The sixth round of the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 will take place on the TT Circuit of Assen. It is the first time that the Formula Renault 2.0 drivers race on this completely ...

Swedish Formula Renault 2.0 to visit Assen

ASSEN - The sixth round of the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 will take place on the TT Circuit of Assen. It is the first time that the Formula Renault 2.0 drivers race on this completely rebuilt track. It is first and foremost the new north-loop that gives the track a different twist for the drivers. This weekend, 18 young and talented drivers, including four guest drivers from the Swedish Formula Renault 2.0, will race for fame and trophies.

The Swedish teams of Huggare, SRTS Racing and Trackstar take the opportunity to come to Assen and the Dutch team MP Motorsport will deploy a special guest driver, Ricardo van der Ende. The Dutchman Dennis Retera will have his racing debut in the NEC Formula Renault 2.0 with AR Motorsport. The 19-year old is certainly not a stranger to the team. Last winter he took part in a number of races in the British Formula Renault 2.0 winterseries.

Intermediate standings NEC Formule Renault 2.0 after 10 of 16 races: 1. Chris van der Drift (NZL) 207 points, 2. Filipe Albuquerque (POR) 203 points, 3. Xavier Maassen (NED) 191 points, Atte Mustonen (FIN) 149 points, 5. Mervyn Kool (NED) 118 points, 6. John Edwards (USA) 115 points, 7. Brendon Hartley (NZL) 102 points, 8, Duarte Felix da Costa (POR) 100 points, 9. Sergey Afanasiev (RUS) 95 points, 10. Johnny Cecotto (VEN) 92 points.

Background:

The international motorsport has been enriched by a new racing series: the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0. This series had an excellent kick off at the first race weekend in Oschersleben, Germany (22/23 April). Some 25 drivers take part in the newly created series, among them young talents such as Filipe Albuquerque from Portugal, the New Zealand born Dutchman Chris van der Drift, Dutchman Xavier Maassen and Atte Mustonen from Finland.

The NEC Formula Renault 2.0 has 25 regular participants from 14 countries. A good field, which indicates that the merger between the German and the Dutch Formula Renault 2.0 is a success. Because of the low weight of a NEC Formula Renault 2.0 car, (490kg only) the acceleration in this racing series is enormous. In many motorsport events, the Formula Renault 2.0 is one of the fastest racing series present. It has many similarities with the Formula 1. The use of carbon fiber for the cockpit, the wide slicks, the adjustable wheel suspensions and the spoilers that create the necessary downforce, come straight from Formula 1.

A NEC Formula Renault 2.0 driver therefore gets a good idea of what a Formula 1 car is like. The sealed engines ensure that every driver has equal chances what leads to exciting and attractive racing. In the past, the Formula Renault 2.0 has been one of the steps in the career of many international drivers. Formula 1 drivers Kimi Raikkonen (Team Mc Laren Mercedes), Filipe Massa (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro) and Scott Speed (Scuderia Toro Rosso) all took part in the Formula Renault 2.0 in the past.

Eight events are on the agenda of the NEC Formula Renault 2.0 this year. The championship has an Northern-European character with races taking place in Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps), Germany (Nürburgring, Oschersleben), The Netherlands (Zandvoort, Assen), Sweden (Anderstorp) and Austria (Salzburgring).

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Johnny Cecotto , Scott Speed , Ricardo van der Ende , Xavier Maassen , Dennis Retera , Chris van der Drift , Brendon Hartley , Filipe Albuquerque , Mervyn Kool , John Edwards , Atte Mustonen
Teams Toro Rosso , MP Motorsport