The legendary Nurburgring will host the next two rounds of the 2017 Formula Renault Northern European Cup season this weekend [16th-17th September].
The series, regarded as an important stepping stone on the single-seater racing ladder for aspiring Formula 1 drivers, marks the halfway stage of the 2017 season on the 3.199 mile GP-Strecke, home in the past to both the German and European Grands Prix.
A month may have passed since the last meeting at Assen, but the NEC’s highly competitive field has since continued to star in a host of international motorsport events.
R-Ace GP driver Gilles Magnus arrives as both the championship leader and the youngest-ever winner of Belgium’s prestigious 24 Hours of Zolder after his recent historic success behind the wheel of a Norma prototype racer.
Consistency has thus far proved key to both his and fellow title contender Bartek Mirecki’s campaigns, and the duo arrive separated by a mere 10 points in the standings.
BM Motorsport driver Mirecki recently enjoyed a hugely successful weekend at Brno, securing silverware in three different championships – including the F3 Trophy and ESET-V4 Cup – in a single weekend.
Tech1 Racing’s Gabriel Aubry will look to repeat his brace of victories from the season-opening event at Monza, and with only a single point deficit to the championship leaders remains firmly in the hunt.
The chasing pack behind could scarcely be closer, with R-Ace GP’s Michael Benyahia, Théo Coicaud and Tech1’s Max Fewtrell covered by just four points in the standings.
That competition will only be intensified by the identical Tatuus chassis and Renault Sport engines the championship runs, along with Michelin racing tyres.
Charles Milesi will also be hoping to build on strong recent results having scored a race victory and a further two podiums in the Championnat de France F4 at Magny-Cours last weekend along with two top-ten finishes in the recent Formula Renault Eurocup meeting at Circuit Paul Ricard.
Two of junior single-seater racing’s most established outfits are also set to join the regular field in the Bavarian mountains this weekend.
Experienced Formula Renault Eurocup squad Josef Kaufmann Racing will make their first appearance in the NEC this season with their three regular Eurocup runners – including current points leader Sacha Fenestraz and consistent finishers Ye Yifei and Luis Leeds.
Arden Motorsport make their debut in the championship and the presence of the Red Bull Junior Team within the series through regular Eurocup runner Dan Ticktum, along with British Formula 3 driver James Pull, who will get his first taste of the NEC and Formula Renault.
Jurgen Evers, Formula Renault NEC series manager says: “I’m looking forward to the races at the Nürburgring. The historical German track is perfect for our drivers to learn their trade and being the halfway mark for our series, it will be a closely fought one for sure. With the Spa race on back to back weekends it adds some extra spice to it all. The Belgian race will also be the venue for a first look at our 2018 plans with the NEC.”
A live stream of both races – one on Saturday at 12:50 and the other at 10:05 on Sunday morning – is available at necup.com and fb.com/FR2.0NEC, along with a link to live timing of all sessions across the weekend.