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Runner-up for van der Drift in NEC Renault


Kiwi driver, Chris van der Drift finished runner-up in the NEC Formula Renault 2.0 championship after he was taken out of the critical first race at Salzburg by fellow Kiwi, Brendon Hartley.

Untitled Document Van der Drift qualified in fourth place, right behind his chief rival, points-leader Felipe Albuquerque. Van der Drift had been second fastest in free practice, but suffered a broken rear suspension in the first session of qualifying and then a broken front suspension in the second session.

"All I had to do in the first race was finish ahead of Albuquerque to then have a chance at beating him again in the second race to overhaul his points," said van der Drift.

However, in the first race, after getting away ahead of Albuquerque, van der Drift was rear-ended by Hartley which knocked his rear wing askew and damaged his rear suspension. Van der Drift pitted for quick repairs and resumed to finish 12th, his championship chances gone.

In the second race, Van der Drift finished fourth and Hartley seventh.

"Now I am even more determined to win the Eurocup which is a much more important championship," said van der Drift.

"I would like to thank my team, JD Motorsport for all their efforts - it was close, and to finish second is a great achievement, especially for a rookie," said the Kiwi who is making motorsport observers very aware of his ability and potential.

Chris van der Drift's next race is at Le Mans September 29 - October 1, the penultimate round of the Eurocup Formula Renault championship.

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