Korjus reigns in Czech Republic Leader in the current Formula Renault 2.0 EUROCUP, Kevin Korjus, has won all during the Truck Prix of Most. An impressive result, because the twenty- six Formula Renaults were facing a real challenge with three ...
Korjus reigns in Czech Republic
Leader in the current Formula Renault 2.0 EUROCUP, Kevin Korjus, has won all during the Truck Prix of Most. An impressive result, because the twenty- six Formula Renaults were facing a real challenge with three races to complete under difficult weather conditions.
The event in the Czech Republic began with the last testing day of the season 2010. Especially Liroy Stuart seemed to have found the right pace on this track, and also Sam Dejonghe showed significant speed. The Formula Renault 2000, welcoming new drivers such as Leopold Ringbom and Atilla Barta also made full use of the day to get to know the right set up for the track.
The qualifying session on Friday was one definitely worth watching, with Mul and Korjus fighting for pole until the last second. The final result showed an one thousand of a second difference in favour of Korjus to Mul, proving the competitiveness between the EUROCUP and national NEC car.
When it was finally time to race on Saturday, the drivers of the Northern European Cup had to show a little more patience as the track had to be cleaned of Truck oil. With twenty minutes delay, the cars finally headed off for the first race of the weekend. Unfortunately, the first corner turned out to be a bottleneck for at least five drivers, who collided and stranded in the gravel. Jeroen Mul, Richard Gonda and Leopold Ringbom were the ones who suffered the most damage, with only Mul being able to continue his race.
After four laps of safety car, to neutralise the starting crash, racing began again and Jesse Laine was able to keep up with his Estonian teammate for the first two positions in the field. Ludwig Ghidi, frontrunner in NEC, was doing all to secure his lead and finished in third place, managing the best position as a NEC driver.
Alessio Picariello, driving his first race in a Formula Renault ever, amazed all. Not only being able to keep up, but even winning his first race of the Formula Renault 2000.
For the second round of the weekend, it was Mul taking the first position with Korjus right next to him. Mul had a very quick start and took a second lead to the young Estonian driver. In the last half of the race, Mul had to watch how Korjus came closer every lap, but not being able to overtake the Dutchmen until the last lap of the race.
In the 2000 standings, it was Dear Schilling finishing first before his brother Daniel. Picariello managed another podium place on third, in his second formula race ever.
The Sunday afternoon offered one last turn to the NEC drivers to earn some valuable points in the championship. Although the officials marked the race as 'wet race', all cars arrived on the starting grid with slicks. Water already came down at the grid, and put its mark on the race to come.
Ghidi had the best start and took the lead in the first lap. Korjus however has much more experience in the rain and was able to overtake the Belgian driver quite quickly. Rain fell but did not come to stay. The water that was there turned the field into a ballet of spinning cars, setting a total of at least fourteen spins. Those drivers who managed to keep their car on track were able to gain most time and places. Kai Boller, participating in the 2000 ranking did a very good job keeping his speed and grip, and earned a well-deserved third place on podium. Frank Suntjens was finally able to cut loose from his bad luck earlier that weekend and managed a second position for the 2000 cup, just behind Dear Schilling.
After fourteen races of NEC, Ludwig Ghidi is still in the leading position with 293 points. His closest opponent, Mikkel Mac had fought his way back to the podium in the last race and by doing so, decreased Ghidi's lead with 4 points.
The 2000 standings are much more eventful, with Dear Schilling grabbing the first place from brother Daniel, who falls back to a second position. For Johann Ledermair, who falls from second to third, Most was a weekend to forget and now has to get all in place for the seventh round of NEC.
The next round of NEC will take place in Spa - Francorchamps, during the Racing Festival on the second and third of October.