Formula Renault Eurocup finale in Barcelona
It is the final weekend of Formula Renault Eurocup action in Barcelona and, like last time out in Spa, it is a triple header. Plenty of opportunities for Red Bull Juniors Neil Verhagen, Richard Verschoor and Dan Ticktum to conclude their debut seasons with impressive results.
Verschoor ready for more
After an exciting weekend in Belgium the 16-year-old Dutchman is ready for success at Montmeló. “I think I will be strong there, the testing was promising and I am looking forward to it. We are still looking for more pace but at Spa we were more competitive than the results showed,” explained Verschoor who was looking at a very strong top six finish in Race 3 until coming together with another car.
“Barcelona is one of the most well known GP tracks, not quite Spa but very well known and everyone is pumped to be there, knows the track and enjoys it. It’s got everything you need, a long straight, great combinations of corners and is a lot of fun to drive.”
“We still need more pace, the racing goes OK but we need more pace and I’ll be working with the team on all aspects to improve through the weekend. My driving and the car. It is not one area more than another we need to work on, we are looking at improving anywhere we can.”
Verhagen on a charge
After scoring points in all three races at Spa the 16-year-old American is looking forward to carry that momentum into this weekend in Spain. “I think its going to be an interesting weekend and I’m looking forward to it. I think we found the consistency we needed in Spa, quite a good weekend.”
“We need to continue that consistency and up the overall pace, get a tenth quicker and nearer to the front so that we can secure more points and be looking at podium finishes by the end of the weekend.”
“The team have made quite a few changes to the car through the latter part of the season and it is more to my liking now. The more time we all spend together working on that the better it is getting. For sure I have to be pushing hard this weekend to get the results we want.”
“I like the track, we tested there, I enjoy driving it both in the sim and the real thing, especially sector three, that makes it a real drivers track,” concluded Verhagen.
Ticktum ready to push
“To be honest I don’t quite know what to expect really,” stated the 18-year-old Briton. “I know that the team will continue to try and get the best out of the package that we’ve got, as they have all year. The same for me, we have all been putting everything into it and we’ll do that in Barcelona.”
“It’s been an up and down year, sometime the effort has been enough to put us towards the front and sometimes the package just hasn’t been up to it. This weekend we’ll only know more when we get out on track.”
“We didn’t test there this year with the Renault but I do know my way round so that shouldn’t be a problem, I’ll be driving as hard as I can, lets see how it goes,” concluded Ticktum.
#29 Richard Verschoor (NED – MP Motorsport Renault)
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 10th – 54 points – after 20 of 23 races
Barcelona weekend schedule – all times CEST
Friday 27th October
11.50 – 12.40 Collective Test 1
16.35 – 17.25 Collective Test 2
Saturday 28th October
09.00 – 09.30 Qualifying 1
12.35 – 13.02 Race 1 (25m +1 lap)
17.30 – 18.00 Qualifying 2
Sunday 29th October
10.40 – 11.07 Race 2 (25m +1 lap)
16.00 – 16.27 Race 3 (25m +1 lap)