In the first free practice the track was wet. Under full wet
conditions it was Stoffel Vandoorne who was the fastest man on
track. Riberas was consistently in Top 5 and Pieter Schothorst in
Top 10. Finally the track was drying up. Due to some yellow flag
signals the Kaufmann Drivers, after having changed to slick tyres,
didn´t really set any countable lap time and finished practice 1 on
P 9 - Riberas, P 11 - Vandoorne and P 30 - Schothorst.
In free practice
two it was total dry conditions. Pieter Schothorst was able to be on
P 13 in the end. Alex Riberas and Stoffel Vandoore were driving
really fast. Riberas ended up on P 4, and Vandoorne finally had set
the fastest practice time of all drivers - P 1.
Due to the high number of 42 cars in Formula Renault Eurocup the
Qualifying in Spa was split into two groups. Pieter Schothorst was
in Group A. After a less good run Schothorst was only able to
qualify on P 14 in his group.
Riberas were in Group B. Vandoorne and Riberas were fighting for Pole the
whole session, finally they finished on P 2 - Vandoorne and P 3 -
Riberas in the group. Following Grid Positions for
the Race: Vandoorne P 3, Riberas P 5, Schothorst P 28.
Vandoorne had a good Start and opening lap and moved up to P 2. Alex
Riberas as well had a good opening lap and stayed on P 5. Pieter
Schothorst moved up the order a bit as well. After a Safety-Car
period Schothorst was able to move upto P 17 untill he was touched
by another driver and spun off. He finished on P 28. Alex Riberas
drove a clean and fast race beeing able to follow the front runners.
He finally finished P 5. Stoffel Vandoorne was fighting for the lead
the whole race. Even though beeing faster and trying several
overtaking moves he wasn´t able to take over the lead. He finally
finished on P 2 and took another podium this year.
Vandoorne and Riberas had been on track in Group B first. After they
left the pits on slicks, it started heavily to rain. After a fast
pit stop with tyre change, both Kaufmann Drivers were on a free lap,
when a red flag was shown. After the red flag the session was only 6
minutes and no driver had set any timed lap at all at that moment.
It were only two flying laps left after session re-start. Riberas,
eventhough he was very fast, failed to find a total free lap and
qualifyied only on a very disappointing P 12. Vandoorne first had
set the fastest lap, but in the final seconds he was dropped to P 2.
qualified himself on P 14 in his group again. For the race starting positions were
Vandoorne P 4, Riberas P 24 and Schothorst P 27.
Sunday´s race was started under heavy rain. Directly during the
first race lap it was a red flag due to a big crash after Eau Rouge.
Schothorst had already moved up to P 18 and Riberas to P 21.
Vandoorne had a super start and was on P 2. After a long break the
race was re-started behind the Safety-Car. Still the race again was
only 6 laps untill it was finally red flagged again. Due to a crash
of Alex Riberas, who crashed into the wall before Bus Stopp Chicane,
the race wasn´t restarted anymore. Riberas was still classfied on P
19. Schothorst, after a 25 sec penalty finished on P 29. Vandoorne
lost one position at the restart, but then drove a clean and
consitent race on finished P 3 and took the second Podium Finish for
the successful weekend in Spa-Francorchamp.