Josef Kaufmann Racing aiming for three in a row

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Launched in 1971, Formula Renault is one of the favourite categories for all drivers wanting to reach the highest level of motorsport. This year again, 27 hopefuls among the most promising drivers of their generation will arrive at the end of this week at Circuit Paul Ricard with one goal: take the advantage right from the first race of the year.

Recognized for its technical and sporting fairness, its high level of competition and its prestigious calendar, the Formula Renault Eurocup is more than ever the ideal stepping-stone for the champions of tomorrow.
This year will not be the exception to the rule with an extremely competitive international field. The season opening round will take place at Circuit Paul Ricard. Every champion in the category since 2011 has won on this track, which will host the F1 French Grand Prix!

Beginning this weekend, who will follow in the racing line of Robin Frijns, Stoffel Vandoorne, Pierre Gasly, Nyck de Vries, Lando Norris and Sacha Fenestraz and claim one of the two places up for grabs in the Renault Sport Academy in 2019?

Josef Kaufmann Racing aiming for three in a row
After taking Lando Norris and Sacha Fenestraz to the title, Josef Kaufmann Racing will try to become the first team to score the hat-trick in the spec-era of the Formula Renault Eurocup. The German outfit will renew its confidence in Yifei Ye. The holder of new track records at Hockenheim and Circuit Paul Ricard, the Chinese driver turned many heads this winter and figures among the favourites on the track where he has five victories in F4 and a podium in the Eurocup.

In parallel, Richard Verschoor will rely on his experience to show that he was ousted too quickly from the Red Bull Junior Team. Meanwhile, rookie Clément Novalak will want to continue to surprise. An open-wheel newcomer this year, the two-time winner of the WSK Super Master Series has already won in the Toyota Racing Series as well as taking a pole position in BRDC F3.

By the numbers
• 8 teams, 13 rookies & 14 sophomores this season.
• 9 circuits on the calendar also host Formula 1.
• 16 drivers within a second during the tests last month.
• 20 races, or two per meeting.
• 27 drivers representing 15 nationalities & 5 continents.
• 30 minutes + 1 lap, the new race length of the races (except Monaco).
• 100 %. All the Formula Renault Eurocup laureates are now affiliated with an F1 team.
• 128 laps completed by Charles Milesi during the two days of pre-season testing at Circuit Paul Ricard.
• 1780,126 km driven by Victor Martins since the start of the year.
• 1970. April 19, The Formula France Critérium participated in the inauguration of Circuit Paul Ricard. Alain Serpaggi and his Alpine chassis took the win, one year before finishing second in the first Formula Renault Critérium.
• 2010, the last race at Hockenheim, which returns to the calendar in 2018.

2018 Calendar
• April 13-15: Circuit Paul Ricard (FRA)
• April 20-22: Monza (ITA)*
• May 18-20: Silverstone (GBR)*
• May 24-27: Monte-Carlo (MCO)
• July 20-22: Red Bull Ring (AUT)
• July 26 -28: Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)*
• August 31-September 2: Hungaroring (HUN)*
• September 13-16: Nürburgring (GER)
• September 21-23: Hockenheim (GER)
• October 19-21: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (ESP)*
*Collective tests scheduled ahead of meeting

Circuit Paul Ricard – Schedule
Friday April 13, 2018
9:00–9:50 Collective tests 1
13:45–14:35 Collective tests 2
17:20–17:35 Qualifying 1 (Group A)
17:40–17:55 Qualifying 1 (Group B)

Saturday April 14, 2018
11:00–11:15 Qualifying 2 (Group B)
11:20–11:35 Qualifying 2 (Group A)
14:55–15:27 Race 1

Sunday April 15, 2018
10:05–10:37 Race 2

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