Lando Norris (Josef Kaufmann Racing), Max Defourny (R-ace GP), Dorian Boccolacci (Tech 1 Racing), and Jehan Daruvala (Josef Kaufmann Racing) are in contention for the 2016 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup championship title. While Lando Norris holds a solid lead ahead of the final at the Hockenheimring, this season’s last weekend features three races rather than the regular two encounters. So with 90 points still to be awarded, the battle is open for all four contenders.
Lando Norris already claimed the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup title during last weekend’s penultimate round at Spa-Francorchamps. With his lead of 48 points, the 16-year-old Briton has best chances to secure the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup title as well. A double that only Le Mans driver and Race of Champions winner Filipe Albuquerque was able to do in the past.
With six victories to his name, Bristol-based Norris won half of the races so far. He also took nine out of twelve pole positions. Before stepping up to Formula Renault, Lando Norris scored the MSA Formula title in 2015 and won the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand earlier this year.
MAX DEFOURNY IS THE NEAREST PURSUER
In second place in the championship, Max Defourny (R-ace GP) is Norris’ biggest rival ahead of the finale. The 17-year-old Belgian has a lot of ground to make up on Norris. Both battled for race victories in close duels several times this year, but the stakes are even higher at Hockenheim.
Max Defourny is the 2015 Rookie award winner and managed five podiums and three race wins so far in this season.
BOCCOLACCI AND DARUVALA EQUAL ON POINTS
Dorian Boccolacci (Tech 1 Racing) and Jehan Daruvala (Josef Kaufmann Racing) currently share the third spot overall. Both are 62 points behind Norris and need all their luck to keep their title chances alive throughout the weekend.
French Boccolacci entered the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup for the first time in 2016, but brought experience from his FIA Formula 3 European Championship assault last year. The 17-year-old has won one race this season and scored four further podium results.
Same for Indian Daruvala, who is a Force India junior driver. Last year, he lost out against Max Defourny in the battle for the Rookie title. Now in his second season, Mumbai-born Daruvala fights for the overall honours. Daruvala will turn 18 on the Saturday of the Hockenheim weekend.
TWO ROOKIES EQUAL ON POINTS AS WELL
Lando Norris leads the Rookie classification for the 16- and 17-year-old drivers. In fifth and sixth position overall, two rookies battle for the runner-up spot. Robert Shwartzman (Josef Kaufmann Racing) took his maiden win in the first race at the Nürburgring, but retired in the second encounter. The Russian is equal on points with French Sacha Fenestraz, whose best result so far was a third place at Spa-Francorchamps.
WEEKEND MODE ADAPTED TO THREE-RACE-FORMAT
As usual, there are two free practice sessions at Germany’s Grand Prix venue. Due to the tight schedule, their duration is shortened from 45 to 35 minutes each. Qualifying is held with the usual two sessions of 20 minutes each. This time, the second-fastest lap times in qualifying one are also taken into account to determine the grid for race three.