11 October 2015

Aitken wins the 2015 F.Renault 2.0 ALPS title, as Barnicoat cheers in Jerez Race 2


A thrilling finale up to the very end. This was the scenario that awarded the 2015 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS title to the Anglo/Korean Jack Aitken. The Koiranen GP driver, who was chasing the leader 12 points behind before the Jerez final round, managed to out pass his team-mate Jake Hughes.

After the P2 managed in yesterday’s Race 1 behind Anthoine Hubert (Tech 1 Racing), today Aitken recovered from P10 to P3 due to a quite chaotic qualify halted twice by a red flag. The young 20 y/o Brit once more managed thus a podium finish along with the winner Ben Barnicoat (Fortec Motorsports), and Hubert as runner-up.

A quite emotional race also for the pole sitter Martin Kodric. After having set his first career’s pole position, Kodric (Fortec Motorsport) was later penalized with a 10” penalty for jump start that relegated him to P4.  Even worse went to Matevos Isaakyan. The Russian spun and had to give up the P3 in the championship to his team-mate Thiago Vivacqua who managed P6 behind the Belgian Max Defourny, back in the series still with Koiranen GP.

«I do have to thank all my team for the impressive support throughout the season. I always thought I could win the title, even before racing here in Jerez» - commented Jack Aitken.

These the comment of Afa Heikkinen, Koiranen GP team manager: «After having won with Daniil Kvyat back 2012, and seized both the team and the drivers title last year with Nyck de Vries, this year we granted the double. That’s not all though as next year we will be back in Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS determined in continuing our winning streak».

The appointment is now for 2016, with a seven rounds calendar on the most glamorous tracks Europe wide.

Overall standings after 16 races (top 5): 1. Jack Aitken GBR (Koiranen GP) 242; 2. Jake Hughes GBR (Koiranen GP) 237; 3. Thiago Vivacqua BRA (JD Motorsport) 197; 4. Matevos Isaakyan RUS (JD Motorsport) 193; 5. Stefan Riener AUT (Koiranen GP/Fortec Motorsports) 191.