27 Apr A promising start to Eurocup season!
The Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship got off to a flying start with a podium finish in the first race. Ben Barnicoat was quick off the line behind race leader Delétraz but Olsen, Jörg and Hubert quickly began battling it out. Barnicoat was able to remain in second throughout the race.
Luke Chudleigh made progress in his season opener, gaining ten places resulting in sixteenth while Martin Kodric finished in thirteenth. Callan O’Keeffe suffered a disappointing end to his first race of the season after a crash in the final minute of the race with Sadeleer. Claman DeMelo crossed the line in twenty-forth after qualifying in twenty-sixth.
Barnicoat enjoyed a second top-ten finish in the second race of the weekend. After qualifying in sixth, Barnicoat made progress in the first lap after overtaking Hubert, resulting in fifth position.
Amongst the field, an accident by Gachet brought out the safety car in lap two. Barnicoat continued to push forward throughout the race, crossing the line in fifth while O’Keeffe finished in thirteenth. Claman DeMelo suffered a disappointing end to the race after a crash in turn 6, while Chudleigh also failed to finish the race. Kodric finished in nineteenth place.
The challenging conditions at the beginning of race three made it difficult for Barnicoat, who was starting in second, to get off the line. Aitken was able to take advantage of this and moved into second place, pushing Barnicoat down the grid. In trying to regain his position, Barnicoat made contact with Sørensen, eliminating both from the race in the process.
Kodric got off to a good start from sixth, and was able to overtake Hubert on the second lap of the race, resulting in fifth.
During the deployment of the safety car on lap three, in order to remove the cars of Eastwood and Hasse-Clot, contact was made between Kodric and Sasahara. When the safety car exited the circuit, Kodric ran into Aitken and D’Agosto resulting in all three retiring from the race. The safety car then remained for the final laps of the race.
O’Keeffe was able to make large gains throughout the challenging race, progressing from eighth to forth throughout its duration. Chudleigh also had an aggressive race, climbing up the order gaining seven places. Claman DeMelo gained ten places throughout the race, finishing in eighteenth.