14 Jul Maiden podiums for Aitken and Leclerc at the Nurburgring
51,000 spectators joined the World Series by Renault event in Germany last weekend. For the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 team of Jack Aitken, Matthew Parry, Charles Leclerc and Martin Rump the weekend saw improvement and some great results for the team, including two podium finishes. Aitken stepped up onto the third placed podium at the end of race one and Leclerc took the second step up on the podium in race two.
Starting in P5 on the grid for the start of race one, Aitken had a good start. Notwithstanding difficult conditions when rain fell in the afternoon, several battles throughout the field spiced up the race. On lap three Jack sustained damage to his front wing during contact and on lap four, Levin Amweg and Parry also made contact whilst battling for sixth place seeing Parry drop down the order.
Despite a damaged wing Aitken was able to capitalise on mistakes in front and push up to the leaders. Aitken crossed the finish line in third position to claim his maiden Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 trophy. Leclerc crossed the line just behind in 5th with Rump 12th and Parry 29th.
Sunday’s qualifying session saw Leclerc third quickest and line up near the front of the grid. The young racer had a good start and fended off attacks from his rivals.
An incident mid-field brought out the safety car. On the re-start, light rain began to fall and a further incident resulted in the safety car being deployed again. During the final laps Leclerc continued to charge, defending his position to take second and his maiden Eurocup podium when the chequered flag was raised to conclude the frantic short race. Aitken crossed the line in 6th, Rump 8th and Parry 14th.
Commenting on his podium finish Leclerc said: “I am very happy to finish on the podium. The level of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 is very high and I am still in my first year of single-seaters. The team have been great and I can’t thank them enough.”
The next round of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship takes place at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary, on 13-14 September, 2014.