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Nuerburgring - DEU

Kuppens, two more steps towards the European title

Brno trionfale per Zumerle
02/06/2013

Renaud Kuppens had made it plain that it was his home circuit. Once his tyres were on the ground on the circuit dominated by the Adenau castle, property of his ancestors, the Belgian topped the standings in free practice, qualifying, Race 1 and Race 2. In Race 3, the endurance event, the same tyres prevented the reigning champion from challenging for the podium. A puncture on lap seventeen ended any real hope.

Danish driver Mikkel Mac, who picked up two second places in the first two races, could have benefited but he also had tyre issues in the endurance race. The points dropped here could prove crucial in the title race. The Trofeo Europea will be awarded in England with Silverstone the setting for the next round. In Germany, Kuppens and Mac aside, the other main players were Alberto Cola and Patrick Gobbo. The disappointment of Saturday’s race, when Gobbo came home fourteenth, was soon forgotten as a win was secured to go with Cola’s third place in Race 2. Theirs was a display of clinical driving, a factor that Venier/Gardelli lacked when they blew their chances when getting going after the changeover.

 

PIT & PADDOCK

02/06/2013

Race 3 press conference
Alberto Cola (1° overall, 1° Pirelli Drivers Cup): “The start, which is perhaps my weak point, was not that great and a few other drivers got past me.

02/06/2013

Race 2 press conference
Renaud Kuppens (1° Overall – 1° Pirelli Team Cup): "I had a little more traffic to deal with today and this meant I lost a bit of time".

01/06/2013

Race 1 press conference
Renaud Kuppens (1° Overall – 1° Pirelli Team Cup): “I would like to dedicated this win to Pietro who passing is really sad. “I have to admit that the race went very well. Qualifying was brilliant and I kept the pace up during the race".

RACE RESULTS 3

02/06/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Alberto Cola / Patrick Gobbo51:04.687
02Fabio Venier / Andrea Gardelli+2.947
03Mauro Calamia / Riccardo Romagnoli+8.690
04Nicki Cadei+9.109
05Giuseppe Fascicolo / Andrea Cecchellero+18.618
06Felipe Merjech+23.476
07Riccardo Ragazzi / Alan Simoni+24.703
08Mathijs Bakker+24.995
09Adrien De Leener+26.299
10Andreas Segler+37.910

RACE RESULTS 2

02/06/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Renaud Kuppens32:04.484
02Mikkel Mac+0.668
03Alberto Cola+7.271
04Nicki Cadei+7.795
05Davide Durante+26.570
06Riccardo Ragazzi+27.010
07Ange Barde+27.502
08Mauro Calamia+27.954
09Shinichi Katsura+32.503
10Felipe Merjech+40.153

RACE RESULTS 1

01/06/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Renaud Kuppens30:03.424
02Mikkel Mac+4.369
03Alan Simoni+10.505
04Ange Barde+15.405
05Riccardo Romagnoli+15.976
06Niki Cadei+24.489
07Patrick Zamparini+26.099
08Fabio Venier+26.711
09Mathijs Bakker+26.868
10Felipe Merjech+35.752

STARTING GRID 3

02/06/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Renaud Kuppens4:15.960
02Mikkel Mac4:17.762
03Niki Cadei4:17.833
04Alberto Cola4:17.996
05Alan Simoni4:18.719
06Ange Barde4:18.857
07Fabio Venier4:19.053
08Giuseppe Fascicolo4:19.542
09Mathijs Bakker4:19.618
10Riccardo Romagnoli4:20.148

STARTING GRID 2

01/06/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Renaud Kuppens2:07.480
02Alberto Cola+0.427
03Niki Cadei+0.718
04Mikkel Mac+1.032
05Andrea Cecchellero+1.175
06Riccardo Ragazzi+1.179
07Ange Barde+1.284
08Mathijs Bakker+1.768
09Andrea Gardelli+2.363
10Felipe Merjech+2.408

STARTING GRID 1

01/06/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Renaud Kuppens2:08.481
02Fabio Venier+0.729
03Mikkel Mac+0.769
04Patrick Zamparini+0.949
05Niki Cadei+1.154
06Alan Simoni+1.579
07Patrick Gobbo+1.608
08Ange Barde+1.612
09Riccardo Romagnoli+1.704
10Mathijs Bakker+1.889

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