28 Settembre 2011

Final rush for three drivers on the Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps in the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS

<it>Final rush for three drivers on the Belgian circuit of Spa-Francorchamps in the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS</it>

The seven kilometers fascinating track of Spa-Francorchamps will award the first title of the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS. This weekend (1/2 October), the Belgian circuit will host the seventh and final race of the season, with the top three drivers gathered in just 20 points and 72 points still up for grabs.

At the moment the favorite is Paul-Loup Chatin, jumped to the top of the championship after having scored a double success in the previous race at the Paul Ricard. The French of Tech1 Racing, who won a race in Budapest last July, will fight first of all his team-mate Javier Tarancon. The Spaniard has won three times: once on the Hungaroring racetrack and twice in May on the Pau streets. Just two points separate him from Chatin, while further back (though still in the struggle for the title) there is another Frenchman Yann Zimmer.

But, except for the title, the “variables” for this final round of the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS could be many. One of them has the name of Vittorio Ghirelli. The bearer of the One Racing is back from two consecutive podiums: at the Paul Ricard he scored a third and second place and in Race 2 he started from the front row alongside Chatin. Federico Gibbin is aiming to finish the season as he had started (a win in Monza): he scored points with Viola Formula Racing on the French track. Kevin Gilardoni is determined to redeem himself from the bad luck that had dogged him two weeks ago, with the team Torino Motorsport which won the title in the Challenge Formula Renault 2.0 Italy with the young driver Andrea Boffo.

Between the favorites, the British Melville McKee, already victorious in Imola (where he hit a double win) and on the ups and downs of the Austrian Red Bull Ring. To be noticed the return of the Interwetten.com Junior Team with the Swedish Timmy Hansen, who had won in Zeltweg, and the American 17-year old Gustavo Menezes. On the track we will see again the French Amir Mesny (with the Arta Engineering) and the Spaniard of Epic Racing Alex Riberas, both absent at the Paul Ricard.

The weekend will open with Friday practice sessions of 60’ each, starting at 9:00 and from 12:05, and the single round of free practice scheduled from 15:35 to 16:35. The qualifying, which are decisive to establish the two starting grids, will be held Saturday from 9:40 until 10:10, while Race 1 (25’ plus one lap to be completed) will start at 13:10. Sunday, finally, the green light for Race 2 will be at 11:30.

The championship after 12 races (top ten drivers): 1. Paul-Loup Chatin F (Tech1 Racing) 306; 2. Javier Tarancon E (Tech1 Racing) 304; 3. Yann Zimmer F (Arta Engineering) 286; 4. Melville McKee GB (Arta Engineering) 203; 5. Thomas Jäger A (Epic Racing) 150; 6. Stefano Colombo I (Epic Racing) 140; 7. Kevin Gilardoni I (Team Torino Motorsport) 133; 8. Federico Gibbin I (Viola Formula Racing) 120; 9. Cristiano Marcellan I (Tech1 Racing) 117; 10. Vittorio Ghirelli I (One Racing) e Roman Mavlanov RUS (Boetti Racing Team) 114.