Jeroen Slaghekke finishes season fourth in the standings

Jeroen Slaghekke has finished his rookie season in Formula Renault 2.0 fourth in the standings of the competitive Northern European Cup (NEC). The 20-year old driver from the Netherlands is the highest placed Formula Renault 2.0 rookie in a field of 41 drivers. “To win a race in my debut season and add a couple of pole positions is something that I’m quite proud of.”

It was only at the end of April this year that, together with Van Amersfoort Racing, Jeroen went on a special adventure. In the last moments before the start of the season, the 2011 British Formula Ford vice champion finds the budget to compete a season in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC. Together with the team from Huizen, the Netherlands, the lack of testing in the off season is compensated by hard work and dedication.

The first breakthrough follows in the third raceweekend in Oschersleben, Germany. Despite a qualifying session filled with yellow flags, the Formula Renault 2.0 rookie still manages to deliver a fast lap with respect for the yellow flags to score his first pole position of the season.

In the beginning of September, during the sixth event of the season at the Most circuit (Czech Republic), the pole position from earlier in the season is bettered with a first win in Formula Renault 2.0. “A very special moment. The last few laps in particular. Mainly because of the realisation that I had the pace to get the job done.”

During the second last raceweekend of the NEC Formula Renault 2.0 season, Jeroen proves his win at Most was no fluke by claiming another pole position at Zandvoort, before finishing the races in second and fourth respectively.

The final weekend at Spa-Francorchamps Jeroen scored enough points to finish fourth in the championship. Apart from being the highest placed rookie, Jeroen Slaghekke is also the highest placed of six Dutch drivers.

“We have come from far at the beginning of this season, only signing a deal the last moments before the first raceweekend. I want to thank Frits van Amersfoort, Jeroen de Jong, Diederik Kinds, my mechanics and everyone else in the team for a special season. Also a special thanks to my sponsors for their support this season.”

For the 2013 season, Jeroen Slaghekke is looking to compete in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. “Fortunately my results this year have not gone unnoticed. I will work as hard as I can over winter to get the necessary budget together.”

Final standings Northern European Cup Formula Renault:
1. Jake Dennis 376 points, 2. Jordan King 316, 3. Josh Hill 311, 4. Jeroen Slaghekke 241.

Monday Oct 15, 2012
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