Five races in 15 days. The title race in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup 2016 kicks into high gear with two races being held at the Nürburgring the upcoming weekend. The races eleven and twelve at the prestigious Grand Prix venue in the Eifel mountains will not only feature the title battle. They will also mark Laurents Hörr’s (Dutt Motorsport) first home race and the debut for two newcomers.
Lando Norris (Josef Kaufmann Racing) was the man of the hour in recent rounds. During the previous four races, the 16-year-old Briton scored 114 of 120 available points. Norris currently leads the championship, 24 points ahead of Dorian Boccolacci (Tech 1 Racing). Although Boccolacci waits for another victory since the opening race Monza, consistent results keep the Frenchman in second place overall. Further 14 points down is Belgian Max Defourny (R-ace GP), who won the previous race at Assen after having prevailed against Norris in a close fight. Indian Jehan Daruvala (Josef Kaufmann Racing) tries to keep his title chances in fourth position. The Force India junior driver sits 45 points behind his teammate Norris.
86 points behind Norris, Alex Gill’s (Mark Burdett Motorsport) title ambitions are only of theoretical nature. Following Gill, Robert Shwartzman (Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Sacha Fenestraz are equal on points for the second place in the Rookie classification. This additional ranking for the 16- and 17-year-old drivers is led by Lando Norris as well.
LAURENTS HÖRR RACES ON HOME SOIL
The two closing rounds at the Nürburgring and at Hockenheim are home races for the championship’s only German driver, Laurents Hörr. The 18-year-old graduated from the Formula Renault 1.6 Nordic. So did his team Dutt Motorsport, which has a history in sportscar racing with Porsche. Despite the relatively low budget, Hörr and his team have come close to top ten results on several occasions.
TWO NEWCOMERS JOIN THE COMPETITION
The two drivers who join the 26-car-strong field at the Nürburgring are both born in July 2000 and thereby the youngest pilots of the championship. Karting graduate Marcus Armstrong from Christchurch in New Zealand competes for the French R-ace GP squad. Fortec Motorsports enters a car with Russian Alexander Vartanyan, who has taken part in several Formula 4 championships so far this year.
THURSDAY TESTS OFFER ADDITIONAL TRACK TIME
The non-Eurocup drivers hit the track on Thursday already. Three test sessions of two hours each take place before the official practices and qualifyings on Friday. The races are held on Saturday and Sunday and are shown live and worldwide with English commentary on www.formularenault.tv. Please note the TV times below. An additional German stream is available on www.renault-sport.de.