In the first free practice the Kaufmann Drivers only were out on
used tyres. Still the performance was very good. Vandoorne P 4,
Riberas P 5 and Schothorst on P 28.
In free practice
two all Kaufmann Drivers improved. Vandoorne once more was the
fastest man on track setting the fastest lap time. P 1 for the young
Belgian. Riberas was directly behind his Teammate on P 2. Schothorst
improved to P 19.
Due to the high number of cars in Formula Renault Eurocup the
Qualifying was split into two groups. Stoffel Vandoorne and Alex
Riberas were in Group A. The track was still damp and drying up.
Riberas was really struggleing with those conditions and qualified
only on P 15 in his group. Vandoorne on the other side dominated the
whole Qualifying session with setting the fastest lap time by a
massive advance. P 1 for him.
Schothorst was in
Group B. He was as well struggleing with the conditions. Only P 15
in his Group. The Starting Grid saw Vandoorne on P 2, Riberas P 30
and Schothorst P 31.
Schothorst and Riberas both drove a very good race and moved up the
positions as good as they could. Pieter ended the race on P 21. Alex
was a bit better and finished P 17. In the front, it was Stoffel
Vandoorne who was the fastes man on track. After a great move he
took over the lead of the field and pulled aways as normal. In the
end he won by more than 4 seconds lead. Victory number 4 for this
Schothorst first on track in Group B showed a strong pace and
qualified P 4 in the Group.
Riberas in Group A were
on track later.
Riberas again was once more unlucky but catching a red flag on his
fastest lap time. In the end only P 7 in the Group. Vandoorne as the
day before was very fast and took once more Pole-Position for the
Sunday´s race was started at the afternoon under the most difficult
conditions. It was raining a bit and the track seemed to be a bit
wet. Nearly all drivers decided to go on slick tyres. Pieter
Schothorst was one of the few how opted for wets. After a spin and a
drive through penalty Schothorst gave up the race in the pits. Alex
Riberas drove a good race and moved up into the points and finished
P 8. Stoffel Vandoorne had a very exciting race. After he spun in
the first lap he lost his lead and droped back to P 17. What
followed then was more than impressive. The young Belgian drove the
race of his life so far. With putting one fastest race lap after the
other he overtook 16 drivers and came back to P 2. An impressive
drive from Vandoorne to clinch another podium for this season.