STEADY PROGRESS FOR KIRILL OVCHARENKO IN OSCHERSLEBEN OSCHERSLEBEN, OCTOBER 01 2007 - Kirill Ovcharenko showed true potential and raw speed in last weekend's Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 races in Oschersleben. On German soil the ...
STEADY PROGRESS FOR KIRILL OVCHARENKO IN OSCHERSLEBEN
OSCHERSLEBEN, OCTOBER 01 2007 - Kirill Ovcharenko showed true potential and raw speed in last weekend's Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 races in Oschersleben. On German soil the Russian racing driver claimed his first race finish on Sunday, after having debuted in this series a month ago in the previous event at the Nurburgring (Germany). By finishing eighth, Ovcharenko again gained valuable experience, but even more important, also added 13 points to his championship tally.
ABOUT THE SERIES
The NEC Formula Renault 2.0 has attracted 25 regular participants (and up to 35 for some race weekends) from more than 10 countries, representing 14 teams. Its 2007 calender contains eight double-header events, in Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. Formula Renault has been an important career step for many renowned drivers, like Formula 1 stars Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa (both Ferrari), Robert Kubica (BMW-Sauber), Vitantonio Liuzzi (Toro Rosso).
Last weekend's event in Oschersleben was the sixth round of the season. After having made his racing debut at the Nurburgring in August, Kirill Ovcharenko was eager to get back in the car in Friday's free practises. At both a dry and wet track, Ovcharenko used the available time in the two sessions as useful as possible. Step by step, Kirill acclimatised with the circuit and his car in these conditions. In the two qualifying sessions on Saturday morning Ovcharenko and his Motopark Academy team got the best out of the treacherous wet conditions by grabbing the eighth and sixth starting position for respectively the races on Saturday and Sunday.
Though having zero visibility because of the rain pouring down at the 3,667 meter long track, Ovcharenko enjoyed a good start of his first race on Saturday afternoon, climbing up to P5 after the first corner. Just like many of his colleagues, the track conditions sometimes seemed to be too harsh. A spin in the third corner threw him temporarily back to sixteenth position. In the following laps, Ovcharenko fought his way back through the pack, overtaking 8 cars to be back in eight position. Another small mistake at the end of the 12-lap race however forced him to retire prematurely.
Sunday's second race brought a far more positive outcome. After having started from P6, Ovcharenko kept his head cool on the drying track, made no mistakes during the course of the race and scored his first race finish. By taking the chequered flag in eighth position, Ovcharenko not only gained valuable experience but also scored his first 13 points for the championship.
KIRILL OVCHARENKO: "A good way to end another interesting weekend. Especially finishing the race on Sunday is important for me. As I haven't got much mileage under my belt yet, I'm happy to have made no mistakes and maximise my efforts at the same time. Eighth position is good for the moment. Next stop is Spa-Francorchamps, a really challenging circuit. I can't wait to get out there!"
TIMO RUMPFKEIL, team manager: "I'm happy for Kirill to have finished the weekend on a high. He showed us pleasing speed and steady progress. I think if he keeps on progressing like this and at the same time gain more experience, he will soon be able to fight for top positions."
FRANCESCO FREITAS, data engineer: "It's a pleasure to work with Kirill for the second race weekend now. During our previous race meeting at the Nurburgring we got to know each other a bit better, so here in Oschersleben things are running more smooth. Kirill definitely has raw speed and an excellent car control but just needs some more experience. I'm looking forward to up our game together in the upcoming events."