#33 Dan Ticktum (GBR – Arden Renault)
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 7th – 122 points – after 17 of 23 races
#29 Richard Verschoor (NED – MP Motorsport Renault)
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 10th – 51 points – after 17 of 23 races
#31 Neil Verhagen (USA – MP Motorsport Renault)
Formula Renault Eurocup Championship position: 12th – 37 points – after 17 of 23 races
Just six races remain in the Formula Renault Eurocup for 2017 and the first three of those are at Spa this weekend. After a good points scoring weekend last time out in Paul Ricard the Red Bull Juniors; Neil Verhagen, Richard Verschoor and Dan Ticktum are all set to make the best of the classic Belgian venue after testing there last week. .
Neil Verhagen happy with the track time
"Yes the test was very good for us," asserted the 16-year-old American. "Almost all wet which was great for me because I've not got a ton of wet experience, it has given me more confidence going into the weekend. All good really because we had a few laps in the dry and the team normally goes pretty well here."
"I really do enjoy Spa, a lot of drivers' favourite track, with the classic corner of Eau Rouge. It's a different track to the ones we normally go to, super high speed but also technical and that's not a combination that you find so often. I'm looking forward to it and hopefully to a couple more trophies."
Richard Verschoor pleased with progress
"The test went very well, better than I expected," enthused the 16-year-old Dutchman who was fastest in Session 2 and second in Session 6. "We weren't as quick in the dry so we still have work to do there and the first three guys are just so quick."
"We are certainly going forward, Paul Ricard was an improvement and with more track time we are improving, that's how it should be. Spa is certainly a great circuit, I'm looking forward to the weekend. In one way rain would be good but it is hard to drive there in the wet, the spray is bad, you can't see a lot following other cars."
Dan Ticktum objective about his aims
"'I'm open minded about this weekend in Spa," stated the 18-year-old Briton. "I love the track obviously, it feels a bit slow in a two litre but it's still fabulous. We haven't done so well at the mega GP tracks compared with the street circuits and the smaller circuits but the car has been improving so we'll see how it goes."
"We had a test there last week, it was almost all wet but I had one lap in the dry and I was just eight tenths off the fastest so the dry pace should be good but as I said I'm open minded about how things might go. I have to be the best Rookie at least so that's clear."
Spa weekend schedule – all times CEST
Friday 22nd September
09.00 – 09.50 Collective Test 1
13.00 – 13.20 Qualifying 1 (Group A)
13.25 – 13.45 Qualifying 1 (Group B)
17.05 – 17.20 Qualifying 2 (Group B)
17.25 – 17.40 Qualifying 2 (Group A)
Saturday 23rd September
09.10 – 09.40 Race 1 (25m +1 lap)
15.00 – 15.30 Race 2 (25m +1 lap)
Sunday 24th September
10.30 – 11.00 Race 3 (25m +1 lap)