Kevin Korjus unbeatable at NEC premiere in Brno The first weekend of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup in Brno was led from start to finish by young Estonian Kevin Korjus. The second round of the series for young driver talent in ...
Kevin Korjus unbeatable at NEC premiere in Brno
The first weekend of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup in Brno was led from start to finish by young Estonian Kevin Korjus. The second round of the series for young driver talent in Northern Europe was marked by the remarkable number of 28 participants, sunny weather and a lot of action on track.
Action already kicked in during the qualification session on the Saturday. As mentioned, 28 competitors were preparing to set some fast times on a track which was unknown to the majority of them. The result was a session marked by red and yellow flags, finally delivering pole position to Korjus and his team Koiranen Brothers.
The third and the fourth race of the Northern European Cup were both scheduled for the Sunday, 25th of April during the Spring Prix at the WTCC track of Brno. A beautiful sunny day illustrated the first race at 10.00 on Sunday morning. Although 28 cars were meant to start this third round of the championship, only 25 had made it to the starting grid. Kalle Kulmanen had some problems to leave his position on the grid, and whilst trying to sort them out, he clashed with Interwetten.com's Craig Reiff. Both cars were too damaged to join the others for the start. Czech David Palmi came to a stand in the last sector of the track and had to let the first race on his home track go by.
After the lights switched to green, Korjus had a great start and closed the door for number 2 in the field, Daniel de Jong. The experienced Dutch driver was able to keep up with the leader, but suddenly fell back on the straight of the track. After a visit to pit lane, Daniel could continue but had three laps delay to all other drivers on track.
Jeroen Mul and Van Amersfoort Racing were the surprise of the first race. Mul had started the event in the Czech Republic with a number of technical problems on the car, but gained control in qualification with a ninth starting time. He had a brilliant start in which he could take six places and continued his way forward by taking Julian Eisenreich's position in the third lap. The second place was now his, and he could manage to maintain it until the flag dropped after 25 minutes of racing.
Kevin Korjus could have not wished for a better come back in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC with his first victory in the 2010 championship. Jeroen Mul and Brazilian Andre Negrao for Cram Competition completed the podium for race 1. In the FR 2000 standings, it was Johann Ledermair who could celebrate his second win this year, followed by the Schilling brothers in second and third place.
The second race of the weekend for the 210 hp formula cars had a much cleaner start then the one earlier that day. However, the amount of action did not drop. The first lap included a spin involving three Formula Renaults of the 2009 type. Frank Suntjens, Michele di Martino and Tony Kowalewski met each other on track and although the first two could continue their race, Kowalewski stranded in the gravel. Di Martino had a race to forget, not only because of the contact with the other two, but mainly because of the two drive through penalties, the first for overtaking in formation lap and the second for speeding in pit lane.
The battles of the fourth race for the Northern European Cup could be found midfield. Positions six until 11 are within 5 seconds of each other, resulting in some close racing. Ludwig Ghidi, leader in the overall standings for the Cup, proved his talent once again by finishing fourth and withstanding the other competitors in the top 10 with much more experience.
Korjus wins another time; Daniel De Jong showed his qualities once again and took a deserved second position. Czech Adam Kout and his team Krenek Motorsport made the Czech crowd happy and took third place on podium. In Formula Renault 2000, it was Dear Schilling to celebrate his second win, Johann Ledermair and Daniel Schilling completed the ceremony.
The next round of the Northern European Cup will be held during the RTL GP Masters of Formula 3, at Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands, from the 4th until the sixth of June 2010.