Estoril – Collective Testing 1 - Bottas to the fore!
Estoril – Collective Testing 1 - Bottas to the fore!
Formula Renault 2.0
Three hours of collective testing was on the programme for the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 at Estoril today. The title-fight has reached its zenith, and Valtteri Bottas (Motorpark Academy) clearly showed he means business by setting the fastest time of the day. His opponents were not taking things lying down and this promises to be an explosive weekend of racing.
The Group 2 drivers were the first to take to the stage at a balmy Estoril for the penultimate meeting of the season. The competitors from the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Eurocup West European Cup were side-by-side in collective testing. And it was the Formula Renault WEC drivers who stood out, with Tristan Vautier (SG Formula) and Bastien Borget (Epsilon Sport) who took an early lead. Vautier was the first to show his stuff, with a lap of 1'40"396.
Valtteri Bottas (Motorpark Academy) however, wasted no time putting things in order take the lead. Lap on lap, he improved his times before setting the fastest lap in 1'38»503. However, two drivers managed to steal his thunder. The Dane, Johan Jokinen (Iquick) made an impression for his debut in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. He ended the morning in second place behind Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi), who set the best time with a lap of 1'38»348.
The temperature was rising for the afternoon session. This didn't stop Valtteri Bottas from improving his times. Lapping in 1'37»036, he was the fastest of the day. At the very end of the session, Michele Faccin (Jenzer Motorsport) and Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) came close to the Finn's time, but were unable to beat it.
The temperature on the track was ideal as the Group 1 drivers lined up to take their turn. Mathieu Arzeno (TCS Racing) set the ball rolling. The SG Formula drivers then took matters into their own hands. Jean-Éric Vergne, Daniel Ricciardo and Andrea Caldarelli all battled for the top spot. Ricciardo came out best with a fastest lap of 1'38»106, but right at the chequered flag, Vergne snatched it from him in 1'37»106.
In the afternoon, Kuba Giermaziak (Motopark Academy) stood head and shoulders above Group 1, showing off the Motorpark Academy class on the Portuguese circuit. Giermaziak took the top line on the time sheet, before taking a brief detour through the gravel trap. This did little to slow his assault on the lap-times. He finished the session with the best performance in his group with a lap of 1'37»201.
Behind the Polish driver, the battle was raging. Teammate Felix da Costa (Motorpark Academy) finally clinched second place ahead of the SG Formula drivers Jean-Éric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo. With seventeen cars within one second of each other, the group nothing if not consistent.
Valtteri Bottas: «Our car is very competitive. It's encouraging for the weekend, which is certainly very important for me. I need to continue my run from the Nürburgring and Le Mans. There was no pressure for the last four races. The pressure is all on Ricciardo and Calderelli. They had a strong lead a few races back. Now, anything could happen!»
Estoril - Presentation
The state of play is rapidly changing from one day to the next in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0! Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula) looked to be heading straight for the title. However, since September Roberto Merhi (Epsilon Euskadi) and Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) have dominated, with Andrea Caldarelli (SG Formula) also picking up weiter >>
FORMULA RENAULT 2.0 WEC
After Le Mans (7th september)
1. Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula) 91 pts
2. Roberto Merhi (Epsilon Euskadi) 79 pts
3. Andrea Caldarelli (SG Formula) 57 pts
4. Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi) 36 pts
5. Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula) 34 pts
FORMULA RENAULT 2.0 NEC
A weiter >>
Hitech Junior ventured to the Le Mans circuit in France this weekend for the double-header rounds of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship and WEC series. Race Drivers Academy driver Luciano Bacheta and Formula Renault Winterseries champion Richard Singleton were joined by 16 year-old Miki Monras and rapid Colombian Juan Jacobo in the Eurocup race. While Australian Motorsp weiter >>
Unser Motopark-Pilot Valtteri Bottas erkämpft sich im zehnten Saisonlauf mit einem souveränen Start-Ziel Erfolg seinen dritten Saisonsieg im Formel Renault 2.0 Eurocup und setzt somit seinen Saisonendspurt weiter fort. Der Finne holte sich aus de weiter >>
07/09/2008 - Le Mans – Race
Whether in the wet or in the dry Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula) is the man to beat in the Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup. The Australian scored his fifth victory of the season after a good scrap with his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula). The Frenchman fought off the attacks of Mathieu Arzeno (Epsilon Sport) and Roberto Merhi weiter >>
FORMULA RENAULT 2.0 LE MANS
Pos Number Driver Team Laps Time GapFirst KPH
1 11 Valtteri BOTTAS MOTOPARK ACADEMY 17 27:41.765 - 155.2
2 14 Andrea CALDARELLI SG FORMULA 17 27:44.333 +2.568 154.7
3 8 Roberto MERHI EPSILON EUSKADI 2 17 27:44.782 +3.017 154.7
4 7 Albert COSTA EPSILON EUSKADI 2 17 27:48.724 +6.959 154.7
Le Mans – Race 2 FORMULA RENAULT 2.0
Having started from pole position, Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) led from start to finish as he picked up his third race win of the season. He was followed by the perennial bridesmaid of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Andrea Caldarelli (SG Formula), who took second place for the sixth time this year, and drew level on points weiter >>
Der frisch gebackene Formel Renault NEC-Meister Valtteri Bottas sichert sich nur eine Wochen nach dem Gastspiel auf dem Nürburgring einen erneuten Podestplatz im Rahmen der World Series by Renault. Im ersten Wochenendlauf des Formel Renault 2.0 Eurocup erkämpfte sich der Motopark-Pilot im französischen Le Mans nach anfänglichen Schwierigkeiten Rang drei.
Nach 25:47.269 Mi weiter >>
Formula Renault 2.0 LE MANS
Pos Number Driver Team Laps Time GapFirst KPH
1 8 Roberto MERHI EPSILON EUSKADI 2 14 25:47.269 - 155.3
2 14 Andrea CALDARELLI SG FORMULA 14 25:52.724 +5.455 154.9
3 11 Valtteri BOTTAS MOTOPARK ACADEMY 14 25:53.618 +6.349 154.9
4 25 Cesar RAMOS BVM MINARDI TEAM 14 25:55.625 +8.356 154.7 weiter >>
06/09/08 - Le Mans – Race 1
It looks like the summer break has done Roberto Merhi (Epsilon Euskadi) a world of good! The 17-year Spaniard picked up his second race win of the season at Le Mans today, while, for the fifth time this year, Andrea Caldarelli (SG Formula) took second place. With Daniel Ricciardo forced to withdraw from today's race, Caldarelli now lies weiter >>
FORMULA RENAULT 2.0
POS NUMBER DRIVER TEAM LAP TIME GAP_FIRST KPH LAPS
1 8 Roberto MERHI EPSILON EUSKADI 2 10 1:37.860 - 153.8 10
2 14 Andrea CALDARELLI SG FORMULA 10 1:38.152 +0.292 153.3 10
3 11 Valtteri BOTTAS MOTOPARK ACADEMY 8 1:38.185 +0.325 153.3 9
4 25 Cesar RAMOS BVM MINARDI TEAM 11 1:38.209 +0.349 153.2 12
Le Mans – Qualifying
Just as at the Nürburgring, Roberto Merhi (Epsilon Euskadi) and Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) took the two pole positions up for grabs. With the track drying out by the minute, it all went down to the very last lap of the SuperPole. Andrea Caldarelli (SG Formula) had a successful time, qualifying in second place for both the weekend's race weiter >>
Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula), Andrea Caldarelli (SG Formula), Valtteri Bottas (Motorpark Academy) and Roberto Merhi (Epsilon Euskadi) have clearly marked themselves out from the competition. The Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 will be played out between these four promising young drivers. Winners at the Nürburgring meeting last weekend, Merhi and Bottas are hoping that the end of th weiter >>
Das ein Motopark Pilot Nord-Europäischer-Cup Meister werden würde war ja seit langem schon so gut wie beschlossene Sache. Nach diesem Wochenende steht es fest. Auf dem Nürburgring im Rahmen der World Series by Renault sicherte sich Valtteri Bottas vorzeitig den Titel.
Das heißt rein rechnerisch könnte sein Teamkollege Antonio Felix da Costa, der am Sonntag 17 Jahre alt w weiter >>
31/08/08 - Nurburgring – Race 2
Second in the first race behind Roberto Merhi (Epsilon Euskadi), Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) made a comeback today finishing head and shoulders above the rest of the field. He claims his second victory of the season while Roberto Merhi scored some serious points, finishing second ahead of Andrea Caldarelli.
Albert Cos weiter >>
30/08/08 - Nurburgring – Race 1 Formula Renault 2.0
No stranger to the podium and in the running for the title, Roberto Merhi (Epsilon Euskadi) just lacked a win. Starting in pole position, the young Spanish driver led from start to finish beating Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) and Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula).
At the start, Valtteri Bottas attempted weiter >>
30/08/08 - Nurburgring – Qualifying FORMULA RENAULT 2.0
Untouchable since the start of testing, Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) was caught out in the SuperPole by Roberto Merhi (Epsilon Euskadi). The young Spanish driver thus claimed his first pole position in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. Bottas made up for it by taking pole for Sunday's race.
Group weiter >>
Nurburgring – Collective testing
Supported by his team, Motopark Academy, Valtteri Bottas set the tempo to finish comfortably ahead in collective testing at the Nürburgring circuit today. The Finn finished ahead of Roberto Mehri (Epsilon Euskadi) and Andrea Caldarelli (SG Formula).
The sky was threatening and the atmosphere wet as the Eurocup Formula Renau weiter >>
After a lengthy eight-week break, Hitech Junior returns to racing action with the next rounds of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship at the Nürburgring this weekend. After a strong showing last time out in Hungary and a third place finish before that, the Silverstone based team has high hopes of a return to the podium in Germany.
The David Hayle-led team weiter >>
Nürburgring - Presentation
Since the start of the season, the leader of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series has been Giedo Van der Garde (P1 Motorsport). The Dutchman has a comfortable lead of 41 points over Julien Jousse (Tech 1 Racing) with only eight races left to run. Van der Garde's rivals no longer have a choice: they must take risks at the Nürburgring to turn thi weiter >>
Formula Renault 2.0 Valencia – Race 2
The National Appeals Court of the Royal Spanish Automobile Federation (RFEA) has rejected the appeal lodged by SG Formula following the declassification of Daniel Ricciardo, Andrea Calderelli and Jean-Eric Vergne after the Valencia race 2 on 22nd June. As no appeal was lodged with the FIA Court of Appeal within the set time lim weiter >>
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, 5th and 6th rounds Hungaroring (Hungary) July 5-6 2008
The racing team from La Rochelle finished its weekend in Hungary as it had begun - with a resounding success! It started with a 1 weiter >>
Es gibt Wiederholungen – wie Siege, Podestplätze, und Punkteränge - die sind erfreulich. Und es gibt Wiederholungen, auf die man ohne weiteres verzichten kann. Letzteres erlebte das österreichische Interwetten.com Racing Team auf dem Hungaroring.
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Am Samstag hatte Tobias Hegewald einen Podestplatz im ersten Wochenendlauf zum Formel Renault Eurocup auf dem Hungaroring noch davon abhängig gemacht, ob einer seiner Vordermänner einen Fehler macht.
„Anders hast du hier kaum eine Chance zu überholen", meinte der Waldbreitbacher. Da es beim Start am Sonntag von Startplatz vier nicht gleich klappte sich zu verbessern, set weiter >>
Hitech Junior continued its impressive first season in Formula Renault with another strong performance in the third round of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship in Hungary. Fielding four cars for Miki Monras, Richard Singleton, Luciano Bacheta and Juan Jacobo the team was regularly posting fastest laps and sector times at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest.
Formula Renault 2.0 Race Hungaroring
1 12 Daniel RICCIARDO SG FORMULA 14 27:26.045 - 150.1
2 14 Andrea CALDARELLI SG FORMULA 14 27:32.549 +6.504 149.6
3 10 Tobias HEGEWALD MOTOPARK ACADEMY 14 27:33.271 +7.226 149.3
4 6 Jean Eric VERGNE SG DRIVERS PROJECT 14 27:36.097 +10.052 149.1
5 7 Albert COSTA EPSILON EUSKADI 2 14 27:36.460 + weiter >>
Formula Renault 2.0- Hungaroring – Race 2
With two pole positions and two wins, Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula) has had a perfect weekend at the Hungaroring. As on the previous day, the Australian finished ahead of teammate Andrea Caldarelli, a regular in second place. Tobias Hegewald (Motopark Academy) made news by finishing on the podium for the first time this sea weiter >>
Valtteri Bottas machte auf dem Hungaroring Anfangs so weiter, wie er in Silverstone aufgehört hatte. Zwar war der Motopark Academy Pilot nicht mehr ganz so dominant - für die erste Startreihe in beiden Rennen reichte es dennoch locker. Doch bei der technischen Na weiter >>
05/07/08 - Hungaroring – Race 1
On terrific form in this race, Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula) once again proved himself the man of the moment in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. Starting from pole position the Australian claimed his third victory in five races. His teammate Andrea Caldarelli (SG Formula) finished second benefitting from the retirement Valtteri Bottas (M weiter >>
FORMULA RENAULT 2.0 Hungaroring
POS NUMBER DRIVER TEAM LAP TIME GAP_FIRST KPH LAPS
1 12 Daniel RICCIARDO SG FORMULA 3 1:43.719 - 152.1 6
2 14 Andrea CALDARELLI SG FORMULA 3 1:43.782 +0.063 152.0 6
3 6 Jean Eric VERGNE SG DRIVERS PROJECT 3 1:44.126 +0.407 151.5 5
4 8 Roberto MERHI EPSILON EUSKADI 2 3 1:44.172 +0.453 weiter >>
Hungaroring – Qualifying
Since the start of the season, Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) has claimed every pole position in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. But things changed at Hungaroring as Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula) brought home the two first pole positions ahead of team mate Andrea Caldarelli. For the first time, a qualifying session was between drivers who weiter >>
04/07/08 - Hungaroring – Collective testing day 2 - FORMULA RENAULT 2.0
After a wet start to the morning, the track dried with each passing lap. As a result, the two groups of Formula Renault 2.0 drivers did not enjoy the same track conditions. In any case, Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula) and Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) continued their current domination, cloc weiter >>
Hungaroring – Collective testing day 1
After the fast Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone circuits, the racing now turns to the serpentine Hungaroring. The challenge has changed, but the story was the same as Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula), Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) and Roberto Mehri (Epsilon Euskadi) took the lead right from the start of the four hours of co weiter >>
Fresh from its first ever podium finish last time out, Hitech Junior heads to the next round of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship this weekend aiming for a repeat performance. The Silverstone-based team will field four cars including one for 16 year-old Spaniard Miki Monras, who secured third place last time out.
He will be joined by rising British sta weiter >>
The duel between Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula) and Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) has only just begun if the no-holds barred racing witnessed at Silverstone between the early season in-form drivers is anything to go by. And there's a hefty line-up of forty-two race cars for this meeting, the first time this season that there will be a qualifying race for the 18 drivers who fa weiter >>
Hitech Junior scored its ever first podium finish when Spaniard Miki Monras finished third in the latest round of the Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup at Valencia. Richard Singleton continued his impressive performance with two top ten places to finish top Briton. While Australian Ashley Walsh was unable to repeat his earlier form however finished 21st and 23rd from 35 start weiter >>
Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula), who dominated his rivals on the Valencia circuit in Spain, maintained his stranglehold on the Formula Renault 2.0 WEC despite being excluded from the second race. The weekend also saw Benjamin Lariche (Pole Services) score his first victory.
For the fourth time this season Daniel Ricciardo was on pole ahead of weiter >>
Hitech Junior completed a successful test ahead of this weekend’s latest rounds of the Formula Renault 2.0 West European Cup at Valencia. The Silverstone-based team fielding three cars for Briton Richard Singleton, Spaniard Miki Monras and Australian Ashley Walsh wound up fifth, ninth and 16th respectively at the end of the first official test.
Singleton, the Fo weiter >>
Im zweiten Rennen des Formel Renault 2.0 Eurocup in Silverstone konnte Valtteri Bottas seine zweite Poleposition des Wochenendes nicht erneut in einen Sieg wandeln. Am Samstag schaffte der Motopark-Academy Pilot noch mit einem beherzten Rennen seinen ersten Sieg im Eurocup, doch im zweiten Lauf wurde der Finne nach langer Führung in der letzten Runde von Ricciardo abgefangen und weiter >>
FORMULA RENAULT 2.0 - Silverstone - Race 2
The crowd watched with baited breath when for fifteen laps, Valtteri Bottas (Motopark Academy) and Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula) matched each other pound for pound. In the final lap, the Australian saw his chance for victory in a truly memorable battle. In the end, Valtteri Bottas finished second behind Andrea Caldarelli ( weiter >>