Jeroen Slaghekke has podium in sight after two great starts

Two great starts have allowed Jeroen Slaghekke to minimize damage caused by a messy qualifying. In front of 62.000 race fans at the TT-circuit in Assen the rookie catapulted himself from eighteenth on the grid into the top ten. A day earlier he already went from twelfth on the grid to seventh by the end of the first race.

Minimizing the damage after a disappointing qualifying, Jeroen has in fact climbed another position in the championship to fourth, with third not far away.

“I have mixed feelings about this weekend. I am quite happy with my driving in the races, but along with having my times cancelled in qualifying, my laps weren’t faultless enough”, Jeroen concludes after his fourth race weekend in the Northern European Cup Formula Renault.

In the first qualifying session, a yellow flag ruins Jeroen Slaghekke’s chances of setting a competitive lap time. His initial sixth on the grid is cancelled. Instead, Jeroen has to start from twelfth. In the following second qualifying session the rookie was caught up in traffic, making it impossible to get the best of his tyres. It brings a disappointing eighteenth on the grid for Sunday’s race.

“Qualifying was obviously very disappointing for us, but we remained calm and spent our energies on maximizing the result from that starting position.” When the lights go out for the first race, Jeroen has already made up five places after the first couple of corners. That way, twelfth on the grid suddenly turns into seventh, where he finishes the race. On a very crowded Sunday, the driver from Van Amersfoort Racing repeats his great start.

“I immediately made up five places in the first few corners”, Jeroen says. In the following laps the rookie picks off a couple more of his competitors one by one to eventually finish tenth, a gain of eight places.

“My pace in the races was comparable to the front runners. That’s why it’s a shame that we weren’t further up the field”, the driver concludes. “Positive about the races is that I stayed out of trouble and made the most out of a difficult situation by scoring more valuable points. It’s a nice reward to move up another place in the championship.”

Jeroen Slaghekke is now the highest placed Dutchman in the Northern European Cup Formula Renault. The points gap between him and number three in the championship Josh Hill is only 25 points. “The next race weekend at the Red Bull Ring can’t come soon enough. I want to go out and prove that I belong amongst the top runners in Formula Renault.”

Standings Northern European Cup Formula Renault after 10 of 20 races:
1. Jake Dennis 214 points, 2. Jordan King 181, 3. Josh Hill 152, 4. Jeroen Slaghekke 127, 7. Nyck de Vries 110, 9. Steijn Schothorst 99.

Monday Aug 06, 2012
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