McLaren Young Drivers in action: Spa
Sunday: Spa Qualifying and Race 2 Report
Stoffel shines on home soil
Local favourite Stoffel Vandoorne claimed a superb home victory in today's Formula Renault 3.5 race two at Spa.
Putting yesterday's frustrations behind him, the 21-year-old Belgian qualified P3. After a great start he took the lead on the opening lap and, despite a restart for a multi-car crash, held out to secure full points and a memorable victory. The win means he narrows the gap to current Championship leader Kevin Magnussen.
Kevin Magnussen was also back on the podium after yesterday's victory in race one. The Dane made it four consecutive pole positions with a 1:58.428 three minutes from the end of the session, although dropped to third place at the race start. He managed to gain back one position but was later passed to finish the race in third. The podium caps off an excellent weekend overall for the 20-year-old and current series leader.
Meanwhile, in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, McLaren Young Driver Nyck de Vries secured fifth place in Qualifying Group B, later ending the race in eighth.
The next race meet is at the Moscow Raceway in Russia towards the end of June.
Saturday: Spa Qualifying and Race 1 Report
Magnussen takes the spoils in Spa
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Championship leader Kevin Magnussen produced another hugely impressive display to win the first race of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, his second victory of the season.
The Dane, who started on pole thanks to some excellent pace in qualifying, was forced to show good resilience after his well-crafted lead was eaten into by the deployment of the safety car. However, he was able to hold back his rivals to prevail as the race winner and extend his lead at the top of the championship.
Fellow McLaren Young Driver and local favourite Stoffel Vandoorne was also in action on home soil. However, it was a frustrating day as he came home in 13th, largely down to a tough qualifying session where he ended in the same position. In the early runs in qualifying he had been scrapping with Magnussen, but was forced to abandon his final lap because of an incident elsewhere on the track.
In the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, after qualifying in seventh in Qualifying Group B, Nyck de Vries was unfortunately forced to retire from race one at Spa-Francorchamps.
Friday: Spa Free Practice Report
Stoffel and Kevin show excellent pace in practice
21-year-old Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne set the quickest time in the first Formula Renault 3.5 Series free practice session at his home race at Spa-Francorchamps in wet conditions this morning.
He then followed that up by finishing fourth in the afternoon session.
Fellow member of the McLaren Young Driver Development Programme, Kevin Magnussen also had a very positive day, displaying the level of consistency which has allowed him to forge a 14 point lead at the top of the championship. The 20-year-old Danish driver finished second in both sessions, narrowly missing out on top spot on both occasions.
Nyck de Vries also appeared in great form in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 practice sessions, also taking place at Spa-Francorchamps. The 18-year-old finished third in the morning test and second later on in the day.