28 Jul Successful weekend for the NEC Fortec squad
25th – 28th July 2013 – The Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) squad took to Spa Francorchamps in Belgium to support the prestigious Total 24 Hours of Spa race this weekend. With eight Fortec drivers competing on the seven-kilometer track, it was a busy weekend for the team and some positive results were gained over the course of the long weekend.
The first qualifying session saw young British driver Matt Parry qualify in second place, Samuel MacLeod followed closely behind in fifth and Mexican driver Alfonso Celis in seventh. The second qualifying session saw the competition drivers take to the track; eighteen-year-old Jack Aitken posted a time quick enough for first place, second place was Russian competitor Roman Beregech, American driver Ryan Tveter in third, female Austrian driver Corrina Kamper took ninth and Indonesian Philo Armand a respectable eleventh place.
The drivers took to the grid in preparation for the first race of the weekend and with all qualifying times combined Aitken started in second, Parry in third, Beregech in fourth, Tveter in sixth, MacLeod in ninth, Celis thirteenth, Kamper eighteenth and Armand in 22nd.
A hectic getaway off the start-line saw Aitken make a clean getaway, sending him straight into first place ahead of pole sitter Oscar Tunjo. Parry remained in third place but was looking to catch Tunjo, before Parry could make the plunge Tunjo took back first place from Aitken pushing him into second place. As the cars crossed the line to take the chequered flag Parry and Aitken took their first podium positions of the weekend in second and third place; whilst Tveter finished in fifth, MacLeod in eleventh, Kamper in fourteenth, Armand in fifteenth and Celis in twentieth place. An unfortunate event saw Beregech unable to continue and he was forced into retirement.
A promising race one had set hopes high coming into the second race of the weekend. By the end of the first lap Parry was in pole position, closely followed by teammate Tveter in second. As the pack chopped and changed places, Parry remained on top form crossing the line to take his fifth win of the season whilst team-mates Tveter took fourth place and Beregech followed in eighth after a disappointing first race. MacLeod crossed the line in ninth place, Celis in thirteenth and Armand in sixteenth. Unfortunately Aitken and Kamper didn’t finish the race due to car woes.
After another successful weekend for the Fortec squad and a podium filled few days for Matt Parry, he commented:
“I got a bit stuck behind Aitkin in Race 1 because I didn’t want to take any risks but managed a clean move on the last lap to get 2nd. Race 2 was fairly straight forward after starting from 3rd and taking the lead out of Rouge at the start.
I’d just like to thank Alex and the Fortec team and of course Caterham for their fabulous support. The car is just perfect no matter what the weather throws at us.
We are off to Assen now for the next two rounds next weekend.”
Parry is sitting in first place in the overall championship standings with 231 points ahead of teammate Jack Aitken in second place with 110.
The next Formula Renault 2.0 NEC race will take place on the 3rd and 4th August in Assen in The Netherlands.