Points and pace again at Spa for the Juniors

2 years ago in News

A good competitive weekend in Spa for the three Red Bull Juniors campaigning in the Formula Renault Eurocup and all picked up points with 16-year-old American Neil Verhagen finishing in the top ten in all three outings with fifth in Race 3 being his best result.

For 16-year-old Dutchman Richard Verschoor, seventh in Race 1 produced his points and seventh in Race 3 was 18-year-old Briton Dan Ticktum’s best finish of the weekend.

Neil Verhagen with points, trophy and improvement

“Top Rookie in Race 3, another trophy which is very nice but I think the weekend was more than that,” explained Verhagen. “It was about improvements in all the areas that we needed to work on and that improvement went on through the weekend.”

“We had good qualifying in both sessions which put us in decent places on the grids.”

“The first race was all behind the safety car because of the fog, the visibility didn’t seem so bad for me but they have rules about one marshals post seeing another so that is fair enough.”

“Race 2 went OK, 9th on track but then another driver got a penalty and so I got 8th. The race was OK, the car was good but not set up so I could really overtake, it just didn’t work but I think we were second fastest on track so the pace was there.”

“For Race 3 I knew I would struggle to overtake again I had to just pressure the guys into a mistake so I concentrated on keeping right on my lines and being in position to take advantage if there was any opportunity. I crossed the line P6 but again there was a jump start penalty so I got P5 and best Rookie, a nice way to end the weekend.”

“It was very positive as good step forward for us and points in all races which is good for my championship.”

Richard Verschoor with pace, points and excitement

“Not a bad weekend at all, the results don’t really show how competitive we were,” asserted Verschoor. “It didn’t start that well with the pace in first practice but we improved the car and got closer and closer.”

“In qualifying I was fourth in my group, unfortunately I made a small mistake in my second laps that cost me time and three places in my group. In second qualy we were going really well, P4 in my group and closer than before.”

“Race 1 was just 4 laps behind the safety car because of the fog with no restart which was a shame. The second race was a bit chaotic but I gained two positions in the first lap and was running P11. I then went to overtake but the other guy was a bit unkind shall I say, that cost me time and the slipstream so when the others picked up my slipstream then there was no way to stop them coming past.”

“In Race 3 I made a pretty good start, was P6 after the first lap. I made a move to P5, then Shwartzman tried to get me back, he tried again at the pitstop chicane and we touched. Silly for him as he is in the championship but of course I wanted to finish the race as well and it cost me probably P5 even if he had got in front.”

“Still it was a god weekend with really good pace and we can look forward to the last weekend.”

Dan Ticktum built pace and had a good finish

“We struggled at the beginning. As we feared coming here we seem to be up against it a bit at these big GP tracks. We can’t start off with a good base setting. So we were coming from behind a bit but we improved all through the weekend and at the end our race pace was good.”

“We were still a bit off in qualifying, certainly a bit could come from me but we need the car to be better so the grid positions weren’t great. But I really enjoyed Race 3, did some good overtakes and made the most of it and seventh wasn’t too bad considering where we were P14 on the grid, I had fun in that one.”

#29 Richard Verschoor (NED – MP Motorsport Renault)

Qualifying 1: 4th (Group A) – Race 1 Grid: 7th – Race 1 Result: 7th
Qualifying 1/2: 7th (Group A) – Race 2 Grid: 13th – Race 2 Result: 13th
Qualifying 3: 4th (Group B) – Race 3 Grid: 7th – Race 3 Result: DNF

Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 10th – 54 points – after 20 of 23 races

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