More points for Jeroen Slaghekke at the Nurburgring

Jeroen Slaghekke had some work to do at the famous Nürburgring during the second raceweekend of the NEC Formula Renault 2.0. After a difficult qualifying the racing driver from Wassenaar was on a charge for points in the races. The 2011 British Formula Ford vice-champion fought back from midpack to salvage some points from midpack with a 14th and 13th place. 

‘’It’s been a difficult weekend. The races were very intense”, as Jeroen describes the culture during the second raceweekend of the Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0. He had big issues with his tyres in qualifying at the German circuit.

As a consequence, Jeroen had to settle for a starting position in midpack: P20 for race 1 and P21 for race 2 in a field of 36 drivers. “You know it’s going to be a tough weekend if you have to start both races from midpack. The problems we had with the tyres in qualifying were not going to be solved easily, and overtaking around the short circuit of the Nürburgring also isn’t simple.” That proved to be an understatement, as in midpack no driver has anything to lose and they all drive with excessive risk to get to the front. 

“I needed eyes in the back of my head. Halfway through the first race I saw a driver brake way too late for the chicane. I decided not to turn in to avoid an accident. He shot past, missed the corner and spun. If I had turned in, my race would’ve been over.” Jeroen stayed out of trouble and meanwhile made up 6 places to finish 14th. 

The second race consisted of two parts after a red flag following a crash. After the restart, Jeroen had 19 minutes to make up some places from 21st on the grid. “It was quite a difficult race, because for most of the race I was stuck in packs with a lot of turbulent air from the cars in front of me.” Nonetheless, Jeroen still managed to make up 8 places to finish 13th.

“This was absolutely not what we were aiming for this weekend. We have homework to do, because we know we don't belong so far off the pace. As a driver, I learned a lot from having to come through the field from midpack and keep the car in one piece at the same time avoiding all the trouble. Which isn’t quite the easiest thing to do with so many drivers around you trying to make up places as well.” Jeroen and his team Van Amersfoort Racing were rewarded with 15 points after the two races. 

After the second raceweekend of the season, Jeroen Slaghekke is now 6th in the championship, one place up since his last raceweekend. The next races are at the Oschersleben circuit in Germany from the 5th of July until the 8th of July. 

Photo: Chris Schotanus

Saturday Jun 23, 2012
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