PERFECT ONE-TWO FINISH FOR MP MOTORSPORT AT NURBURGRING Successful Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup team MP Motorsport produced a stunning performance at the Nurburgring in Germany over the weekend with Daniel De Jong and Karl-Oscar...
PERFECT ONE-TWO FINISH FOR MP MOTORSPORT AT NURBURGRING
Successful Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup team MP Motorsport produced a stunning performance at the Nurburgring in Germany over the weekend with Daniel De Jong and Karl-Oscar Liiv recording a memorable one-two finish in the first of the event's three planned races.
Rain affected the majority of the action on Friday, 15th October, and Saturday, 16th October, and the poor weather eventually resulted in the third race being cancelled -- an unfortunate outcome for the Oudenbosch team as De Jong and Liiv were due to start the encounter first and second respectively!
Nonetheless, the dream result from race one certainly gave the Dutch squad plenty to cheer and the one-two finish follows on from Liiv's two superb race wins at Assen in early August and further success for the team with British driver Will Stevens at Spa-Francorchamps a couple of weeks ago.
"It's been a perfect way to end our year", said MP Motorsport team manager Sander Dorsman, "To score such a dominant win was fantastic and just what we wanted. Dani0x00ebl and Karl-Oscar both did a super job and we could have achieved the same again in the third race if it had gone ahead -- we had both cars on the front row but the weather intervened!"
During qualifying on Friday, De Jong scorched to pole position for the first race with a lap almost 0.4 seconds quicker than his nearest rival while Liiv was fourth fastest. Everything went perfectly for the MP Motorsport drivers in the opening encounter and while De Jong cruised to an outstanding four second win, Liiv came through into a superb runner-up spot and posted the fastest race lap.
The grid for race two was determined from each driver's second best lap time in qualifying -- this meant De Jong would line-up on the front row in second place with Liiv sixth. Unfortunately, race two proved a little trickier but De Jong still took a highly creditable fourth and Liiv was seventh.
Due to their results from race one, the team-mates were due to line-up on the front row once again for the third and final outing as the finishing order from the first race set the grid. With worsening conditions though, event organisers opted to cancel the last of the weekend's Formula Renault encounters -- costing MP Motorsport the chance of a potential double win.
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season ends with mixed weekend for MP Motorsport Prior to this weekend's action, MP Motorsport concluded the 2010 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship fifth in the entrant standings on 9th/10th October at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain where the team had mixed results in the final event of that particular campaign.
Dutch teenager De Jong scored in both races to finish the season as the highest placed of the squad's competitors in ninth position in the driver standings with Liiv, who had to miss several races this year due to school commitments, in 14th position and young Finn Kalle Kulmanen 22nd.
The Barcelona weekend started fantastically for the team with De Jong lapping quickest of all during testing, 0.3 seconds faster than his closest rival, while Estonian Liiv was seventh, within 0.6 seconds of De Jong, and Kulmanen 18th.
For the opening race, De Jong lined-up fifth on the grid -- after qualifying just 0.4 seconds outside pole position -- with Liiv starting in eighth place and Kulmanen 17th. De Jong gained a position at the start and remained in a comfortable fourth all the way to the chequered flag while Liiv unfortunately slipped to 16th place but fought back very well into the top 10. Kulmanen retired on lap one.
Race two was wet and a mistake on the opening tour dropped De Jong to the tail of the field in 22nd position. Driving impressively, the Dutch teenager carved his way through superbly and climbed all the way into 11th place at the conclusion. Team-mates Liiv and Kulmanen both ended the final round with a non-finish, Liiv retiring from eighth on lap two while Kulmanen came to grief on lap one.
"It would have been nice to end the Eurocup season with a podium but it's been a strong year and we're happy with the progress our drivers have made, said Dorsman, "We're looking forward to next year now where we plan to push forward and fight for the championship."