Kiwi racing driver, Chris van der Drift (20), has taken the overall lead in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship, by taking two third places in the two races at the Nurburgring last weekend.
“They were good races for me as my aim was to finish in front of the championship points-leader, Dani Clos, which I achieved in both races and thus it gave me the championship lead,” said van der Drift, who was born in Hamilton and was a champion karter in his teens.
Van der Drift now leads the prestigious championship with 67 points from Dani Clos 65, Filipe Alburquerque – who won both races – 58, Laurent Groppi 56, Carlo Van Dam 44 and Atte Mustonen 36. Fellow Kiwi, Brendon Harttley (16) is tenth with 20 points.
Van der Drift qualified in fifth place for the first race and sixth for the second out of the 39 starters in the races.
Alburquerque (Portugal) took pole position and won the first race from Laurent Groppi, while Van der Drift was engaged in a very close, hard battle for third for several laps, but managed to take that position at the flag. Hartley was seventh.
For race two, the top two positions remained the same, with again a very close contest between the next group. Kasper Andersen – Van der Drift’s team-mate – was holding third, but Van der Drift managed to pass him to take that position. Clos then also passed Andersen and began chasing Van der Drift, but he was unable to pass him before the flag.
Hartley finished sixth.
“All I have to do now is keep finishing races, score points and win!” said Van der Drift.
The next round of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship is at Donington September 8-10.