Victory for Jeroen Slaghekke at Autodrom most!

Even though it’s only his rookie season in Formula Renault 2.0, Jeroen Slaghekke has already clinched his first victory in the series. On the Most circuit in the Czech Republic, the rookie from Wassenaar raced from sixth on the grid to his first victory. “A great reward for the entire team.”

Only a few days before the start of the season, the deal with Van Amersfoort Racing to go racing in the Formula Renault Northern European Cup was made. This meant Jeroen Slaghekke had lost valuable tracktime in the winter and ensures that the driver and team have to learn during the raceweekends this year, rather than through lots of testing. On the circuit of Most, during the sixth round of the Northern European Cup, everything fell into place with a flawless drive to victory.

After a strong start, Jeroen had already catapulted himself from sixth on the grid to third after the first corner. Lap after lap he steadily closed the gap with Josh Hill and Jake Dennis, and immediately took advantage when Josh Hill retired with technical issues. Shortly after, Jeroen made an overtaking move stick on championship leader Jake Dennis to go first.

“The last couple of laps were exciting, in a good way. I knew that I had the pace to remain up front and control the gap to the drivers behind me and that gave a lot of confidence.” Flawlessly Jeroen Slaghekke finished the job. After 25 minutes of racing he wins the race in front of Gabriel Casagrande and Jordan King. “This is a fantastic feeling! Not only for me, but for the entire team. I knew that we potentially had the pace to get a podium, but to win here in Most is something I wasn’t expecting!”, the winner tells frankly. “During the free practice sessions we were struggling a lot, but in the end everything fell into place through a great team effort!”

Jeroen Slaghekke’s first victory in Formula Renault 2.0 is also a good boost for Van Amersfoort Racing. The renowned team from the Netherlands last won in Formula Renault 2.0 in 2010. “This victory is a great reward for all of us; the whole team have worked extremely hard for this! We must keep improving ourselves like this for the rest of the season.” 

The weekend got off to a tough start in qualifying. “The first qualifying session was very tough, we got it massively wrong and I only managed to qualify twentieth. From then on you already know that it’s going to be a difficult weekend.”

After damaging his front wing in the first race, the rookie eventually finishes sixteenth. This automatically meant that Jeroen had to start sixteenth for the third race of the weekend, in which Jeroen finishes eleventh. “The next step is to improve our qualifying performances, so we can keep fighting at the front for podiums and race victories for the remainder of the season.”

Top four in Standings Northern European Cup Formule Renault 2.0: 1. Jake Dennis 306; 2. Jordan King 255; 3. Josh Hill 228; 4. Jeroen Slaghekke 192.

Monday Sep 03, 2012
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