Richard Verschoor Barcelona

Formula Renault Eurocup – Podiums for Verschoor and points for all in Barcelona finale

Note: Second best times from Q2 dictate the grid for Race 3
#33 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Arden Renault)
Qualifying 1: 14th – Race 1 Grid: 14th – Race 1 Result: 20th
Qualifying 2: 13th – Race 2 Grid: 13th – Race 2 Result: 7th
Qualifying 2/2: 16th – Race 3 Grid: 14th – Race 3 Result: 12th
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 7th – 134 points – after 23 of 23 races

#29 Richard Verschoor (NED – MP Motorsport Renault)
Qualifying 1: 10th – Race 1 Grid: 10th – Race 1 Result: 5th
Qualifying 2: 5th – Race 2 Grid: 5th – Race 2 Result: 3rd
Qualifying 2/2: 6th – Race 3 Grid: 6th – Race 3 Result: 5th
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 9th – 89 points – after 23 of 23 races

#31 Neil Verhagen (USA – MP Motorsport Renault)
Qualifying 1: 9th – Race 1 Grid: 9th – Race 1 Result: 7th
Qualifying 2: 21st – Race 2 Grid: 21st – Race 2 Result: DNF
Qualifying 2/2: 19th – Race 3 Grid: 19th – Race 3 Result: 17th
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 11th – 59 points – after 23 of 23 races

The Formula Renault Eurocup season ended in Barcelona with a hat-trick of top Rookie finishes for Richard Verschoor, highlighted by an overall third in Race 2. Montmeló also produced points for fellow Red Bull Juniors Neil Verhagen and Dan Ticktum who each took a seventh.

Verschoor's best of the year

"Well it was a little bit late in coming but it was a really good weekend," said the 16-year-old Dutchman with his usual smile. "You would think that third in Race 2 would make that the best race but in fact it was Race 1 that made me and the team happy. Coming from P10 because first qualifying hadn't gone well I got a great start, passed two off the line and another at the first corner."

"I managed my tyres well through the race, got close to Defourny and then got the move done. I was about the only guy in the field who really did any passing and it was a very satisfying race, we were all very happy."

"Race 2 was also good but with a bit of luck as others collided, I had good pace and finished close to Fenestraz which isn't easy of course and being on the podium is always good."

"Race 3 was tough, I was attacking but also having to defend at the same time. The trouble is that as soon as you get close behind someone the tyres start to heat up and you've really got to manage that. I was trying to find a way past Palmer who wasn't that quick but watch my mirrors as well. Still I managed to hold 5th and that wasn't bad. Top Rookie in all the races, a good way to end the year."

Ticktum's Race 2 charge

"It was alright, pretty much the weekend we expected really," explained the 18-year-old Briton. "We struggled to get the peek out of the tyres in qualifying and that really cost us, it's tough when you can't qualify well it's going to be a battle. Race 2 was the best, I avoided the carnage in the big crash and made the best of it from there. I was pushing and flat spotted a tyre that didn't help but the race pace was good as it was all weekend and fun to get up to P7 from that far back on the grid."

"We'd gone for less wing, my idea as the straight is about the only place to pass and it certainly helped. Race 3 wasn't the best, flat spotted again so that limited things a bit but I pushed where I could."

Verhagen's battles from the back

The weekend started well for the 16-year-old American, 8th fastest in the first and second tests, 7 tenths off the quickest, 9th in Q1, again 7 tenths off pole, some small improvements from there would have seen him chasing some good results. "Yes it all started well enough, running the same sort of pace as Richard and getting seventh in the first race was OK but then the track changed with the different rubber laid down and I just got massive oversteer that ruined the weekend."

"I was consistent enough but I just couldn't recapture the pace we started off with, something was way off and the feeling just wasn't there. Starting that far back in Race 2 there is always likely to be trouble and there was a massive crash. I picked up damage and a two place grid penalty for Race 3."

"In the last race I was pushing but got tangled up with some others and went off track, costing me time and places. A frustrating end to the season and I was expecting a lot more from this weekend," concluded Verhagen.