Thirth place for Richard Verschoor at first collective test at Hockenheim
The 2018 Formula Renault Eurocup season officially got underway during the first day of the collective tests at Hockenheim. Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing) led the way in both sessions and set a best time of 1:37.004s. The Chinese driver was followed by Renault Sport Academy rookie, Victor Martins (R-ace GP) and team mate Richard Verschoor (Josef Kaufmann Racing).
In this first visit of the category to the circuit that will host the German Grand Prix since 2010, the reference time set by Kevin Korjus in 2010 was beaten by more than a second. The eight teams and 28 drivers entered in the Formula Renault Eurocup began preparing their seasons at Hockenheim as did Formula Renault NEC entrant, Phil Hill (Anders Motorsport).
While Vladimir Tziortis (Fortec Motorsports) was the first to head out on a slightly damp track, the pace increased when the drivers switched to slick tyres. Yifei Ye posted the fastest lap of 1:37.892s ahead of SMP Racing protégé, Alexander Vartanyan (Arden Motorsport), and rookies Logan Sargeant (R-ace GP) and Alexander Smolyar (Tech 1 Racing). Red Bull Junior Team member, Neil Verhagen (Tech 1 Racing) completed the top five.
In the afternoon, it wasn’t until the final 20 minutes that Oscar Piastri (Arden Motorsport) beat the morning benchmark time. Yifei Ye and Richard Verschoor did the same with the advantage going to the Chine driver. The highest placed rookie, Victor Martins split the two while Logan Sargeant and Alexander Vartanyan once again where among the top five.Tags: Formula Renault 2.0, Formula Renault 2018, Formula Renault NEC, Hockenheim, Hockenheimring, Josef Kaufmann Racing, KNAF Talent First