The 2018 Formula Renault Northern European Cup (NEC) returns to action at the world-famous Nurburgring this weekend [14-15 September], with the Eifel Mountains set to play host to a potentially pivotal weekend in the title fight.
Anders Motorsport team mates Doureid Ghattas and Phil Hill arrive at the 3.1 mile GP Strecke split by a mere 10 points in the championship standings after the former claimed both victories – his first in the highly-competitive series – at the Hungaroring a fortnight ago.
The first came after a near lights-to-flag victory for the German Formula 4 graduate, who capitalised on an trip across the gravel for R-ace GP’s Gabriel Gandulia to ease into the lead and bring home the honours.
He then mastered torrentially wet conditions the following afternoon to seize the advantage in the standings heading into the first of two ‘home’ events – the second at Hockenheimring the following weekend – in the driving seat in the title race.
Misfortune in qualifying hampered compatriot and two-time race winner Phil Hill’s efforts in Hungary, but he arrives with renewed optimism as the karting graduate looks to bridge the gap and replicate his double win at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in order to take the fight down to the wire.
Neither can afford to discount Gandulia, however. Consistent development alongside the experienced team at R-ace GP and a thorough testing and simulation programme have equipped the Argentine with the tools needed to pose a real headache to his rivals this weekend, and a brace of good results could see the pendulum swing back towards the defending Teams’ Champions.
The championship is bolstered by another ‘feel-good’ story ahead of the weekend, with Sharon Scolari and the ScoRace Team returning to the fray after successfully repairing the #77 machine after an accident at Spa.
If Scolari can pick up where she left off, then the championship could be celebrating the first female victor or podium finisher in it’s 13-year history in Germany this weekend.
The action kicks off with qualifying at 08:45 (CEST) on Saturday ahead of the opening race at 12:45. As usual, that format repeats on Sunday at 09:00 and 14:20 respectively.
Both races will be live streamed on the Renault Sport Series social media channels, and via YouTube on the official Formula Renault page. Updates from all other sessions can be obtained on the NEC’s social media feeds.