R-Ace GP driver Gilles Magnus says his focus is on his long-term aspirations of being the 2017 Formula Renault Northern European Cup (NEC) champion, rather than concentrating on his rivals’ performance.
Magnus, who recently became the youngest-ever winner of the historic 24 Hours of Zolder race, currently holds a 10 point advantage in the standings over BM Racing’s Bartek Mirecki.
The pair are set to clash for the honours again this weekend as the championship – commonly regarded as a key stepping-stone for aspiring Formula 1 and single-seater drivers – contests it’s third meeting on the legendary GP-Strecke at the Nurburgring.
The challenge facing Magnus and the rest of the regular field has intensified this weekend with guest entries from Formula Renault Eurocup regulars Josef Kaufmann Racing and Arden Motorsport, who bring with them experienced contenders in the form of Eurocup leader Sacha Fenestraz and Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum.
“The season so far could have been even better, but the speed has definitely been good,” commented Magnus. “I’ve made some small mistakes, but I think that’s part of the learning process, so I’m quite happy with how things have gone. I just try to concentrate on the weekend to the best I can and to take as many points as possible because, in the end, the most important thing is taking the championship – that’s what it’s all about for us. It’s not going to be an easy weekend with the guys from the Eurocup in the championship as well. The circuit is really cool, some of the corners are really banked and I love it, quite like Spa!”
The NEC has two races scheduled this weekend, on Saturday at 12:50 and Sunday at 10:05 respectively.
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