Anders Motorsport’s Phil Hill is relishing the opportunity to seize the initiative in the Formula Renault Northern European Cup (NEC) standings when the championship resumes at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on 27-29 July.
After claiming a de-facto double victory as the fastest full season entry at Monza – and therefore quickest of those eligible to win the hotly-contested single seater category – Hill moves to within six points of joint standings leaders Gabriel Gandulia (R-ace GP) and team mate Doureid Ghattas.
“In Monza I just had a better feeling for the car and the track than Pau,” explained Hill.
“I felt a lot more confident and in better form. I’ll do my best to take all the positive energy from those results to Spa. Six points isn’t very much and beating your team mate is always the first objective at any event. I’m sure we can close that gap.”
The double-header in the Ardennes Forest also provides an opportunity for the NEC field to showcase their talents on a bigger stage against some of Europe’s leading single-seater stars.
In a move that further enhances the relationship between the two championships under Renault Sport Racing’s banner, the trip to Belgium marks the first of three events with shared grids alongside the Formula Renault Eurocup – the others being Hungaroring and Nurburgring in September.
Both races are also in support of the world-famous 24 Hours of Spa endurance race, guaranteeing a capacity trackside audience and many more interested viewers worldwide.
For Hill though, the main focus remains on out-scoring his title rivals and putting himself in the best position possible heading into the summer break.
“I’m happy to finally get back in the car, especially on a circuit as fantastic as Spa,” enthused Hill.
“It’s our first event together with the whole Eurocup field, so hopefully I can learn from them and have some good battles with more experienced drivers. The objective, ultimately, is to be at the front of the NEC drivers so I can claim the championship lead.”