NEWS Formula BMW - 2010


03.10.2010 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC - Races 15 + 16 - Spa - Francorchamps


JOSEF KAUFMANN RACING returns to the Formula Renault 2.0 Series with dominant victory at Spa-Francorchamps


The Team of Josef Kaufmann Racing returned to Formula Renault 2.0 Series with a dominant win at Spa-Francorchamps during this weekend´s Formula Renault 2.0 NEC meeting. After having decided to return to the Formula Renault 2.0 Series for 2011, the Josef Kaufmann Racing Team, for the first time this year, had two brand new Formula Renault 2.0 Litre cars on the grid.

During the first Free Practice Josef Kaufmann Racing Driver Robin Frijns was directly the fastest man on the track and had set the fastest practice time of all drivers. Côme Ledogar, who for the first time ever drove a Formula Renault car was able to set the 10th fastest time. After a heavy crash during the wet second Free Practice, due to a short time break between Free Practice and Qualifying, the Team wasn´t able to rebuild the car of Frijns properly in time for Qualifying and Frijns was unfortunately only able to qualify himself on P10 for both races. Côme Ledogar, who was 4th fastest during the second Free Practice, also was a bit unluck during the Qualifying and only qualified on P11.

After a good opening lap of Race 1, Frijns was able to climb up the positions lap by lap. Putting fastest race laps he found himself on a brilliant P2 at the end and directly scored the first podium in the first ever race. Ledogar even had a better Start and moved up directly on P4 at the opening laps. Unfortunately he spun during the race and finished on P10.

In Race 2, starting again from P9, a Safety Car period avoided a better race result of Frijns, who was again able to put fastest race laps and climbing up to P5 at the chequered flag. The race of Ledogar was already finished in the first corner as somebody crashed into the car of the young Frenchman.

Starting from the front row in Race 3, Frijns took over the lead of the field after 4 laps and pulled away from the rest of the field. Again setting one fastest lap after the other he finally dominated the race and won by 8.6 seconds advance. Ledogar again was very unlucky. Having already moved up to P7 he made contact with another driver and bent his front wing. With this handicap he still finished on P9. Overall it was a very successful return for the Josef Kaufmann Racing Team.

Josef Kaufmann (Team Principal): It really was a good weekend for us here in Spa-Francorchamps. I´m really happy that after the good start in Free Practice 1 and the unlucky and disappointing Qualifying we had been able to recover during the races and finally dominated the last race of the weekend. It was a great experience for us that our car was very competitive directly from the beginning on, as many leading teams and drivers of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup had taken part at this race weekend as well.

Now we will concentrate on the further development of the car and we will carry out intensive test sessions with potential drivers for next year. We are aiming to return to the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup in 2011 as strong as possible and we want to continue our story of success, which we had over the last years in Formula BMW Europe.

Pictures from Spa