For the first time in its eleven-year-history, the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup makes a stop at Budapest this weekend. The Hungaroring is one of six Formula 1 circuits in this season’s calendar. For some drivers, the track will be a new challenge, while others have some experience from the Eurocup races in the previous years. More track time than usual though should help to even the odds.
The Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup is the only championship to race at the Hungarian Grand Prix circuit this weekend. This changes the normal three-day event format to just two days. Both races with the usual duration of 25 minutes are held on Sunday. The qualifying and both of the free practices take place on Saturday. At Budapest, the free sessions run for 90 instead of their usual 45 minutes. In total, the drivers spend more than four-and-a-half hours on track.
DEFOURNY CHASES BOCCOLACCI
After two weekends at Monza and Silverstone, Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci (Tech 1 Racing), the season’s first winner, still leads the championship. In the United Kingdom, Max Defourny (R-ace GP) was the first driver to win his second race of the season. The Belgian makes up for his unfortunate season opening bit by bit. Defourny is twelve points behind FIA Formula 3 graduate Boccolacci. 60 points are awarded every weekend.
Force India Junior Jehan Daruvala (Josef Kaufmann Racing) is third in the points. The 2015 runner-up Rookie still awaits his first victory. Same story for Will Palmer (R-ace GP), who is fourth in the championship. The younger brother of Renault’s Formula 1 driver, Jolyon Palmer, recently achieved three consecutive podiums.
Comparable to Max Defourny, Lando Norris has a zero figure in his records. Despite his maiden victory on home turf at Silverstone, Norris is in fifth place overall.
CLOSE FIGHTS IN THE ROOKIE CHAMPIONSHIP AS WELL
Being 16, Lando Norris is one of the youngest of the 21 youngster drivers. Like all the under-18-year-old drivers, the Briton contests the Rookie championship and currently leads the way. The next Rookie, Nikita Troitskiy (Fortec Motorsports), follows in sixth overall and is just eleven points behind Norris. The Russian shined in the opening race with second place and now tries to repeat the Monza performance. Seven Rookies join the field in Hungary.
LIST OF VENUES GROWS
The Hungaroring is already the 16th track and Hungary is the tenth country since the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup’s foundation in 2006. Since 1986, the Formula 1 is a fixed attraction on the 4.3 kilometres circuit close to the country’s capital.
LIVE TIMING FOR ALL THE SESSIONS
All the sessions at Budapest can be joined with the following Live Timing link: http://www.chronomoto.hu/livetiming/channel1/. There are regular updates on the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup’s Facebook and Twitter pages as well.
SCHEDULE – BUDAPEST (CEST TIMES)
Saturday, 18 June 2016
09.30 hrs. – 11.00 hrs. Free Practice 1
12.15 hrs. – 13.45 hrs. Free Practice 2
17.15 hrs. – 18.00 hrs. Qualifying
Sunday, 19 June 2016
10.00 hrs. – 10.25 hrs. Race 1
14.10 hrs. – 14.35 hrs. Race 2