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FR 2.0 NEC – Plenty of drivers to look out for at Silverstone

FR 2.0 NEC - 06-2016 - Plenty of drivers to look out for at Silverstone - Photo 03 (First NEC race at Silverstone 2013)Six different drivers claimed podium honours at the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup season opening at Monza three weeks ago. This weekend, the junior Formula series heads to Formula 1’s birthplace, the Silverstone Circuit in the United Kingdom. Two familiar faces from the previous season join the field for the first time this year and could rough up the top even more. A well-known British team brings an additional car into the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, that has become more vital in the British motorsport scene throughout the years. The two Silverstone races can be watched live on

Callan O’Keeffe returns to the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup at Silverstone. The South African starts for JD Motorsport. Back in 2014, O’Keeffe scored his first podium ever in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC with second place at Silverstone. Last year, he drove in Fortec Motorsports’ colours and became seventh overall in the championship, having missed the last two rounds.

Second returnee is Harrison Scott, starting for AVF by Adrián Vallés. Last year, Scott made a remarkable series debut in the same team with two sixth places at Silverstone. Afterwards, 20-year-old Scott only came back for the Assen round. At this year’s Eurocup opening at Motorland Aragon, Essex-born Scott brought home two podium results.

British team MGR Motorsport joins with US-American David Porcelli. Last year, Porcelli competed in the American Skip Barber Formula Championship that uses 130 bhp-strong single-seaters. Porcelli also joined the Eurocup field at Aragon. Mark Godwin’s team used to start with Briton Colin Noble last year.


Dorian Boccolacci (Tech 1 Racing) is the championship leader after the French won the first race at Monza. After the disappointing opening race and the victory in race two, Belgian Max Defourny (R-ace GP) tries to gain some ground. Further podium scorers at Monza were Russian Nikita Troitskiy (Fortec Motorsports), Indian Jehan Daruvala, Briton Lando Norris (both Josef Kaufmann Racing), and Briton Will Palmer (R-ace GP). In question is where the two returnees, O’Keeffe and Scott, settle in this mix.


After the demise of the British Formula Renault, the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup has attracted more British teams and drivers. With Jake Dennis, Matt Parry, and Ben Barnicoat, three British drivers became champions from 2012 to 2014, all with British team Fortec Motorsports. Since 2013, Silverstone has been part of the calendar. This time, four British and one Scottish driver take part. So do three British teams.

The Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup uses the 5.981 kilometres Grand Prix track. Start and finish take place at the national pit straight ahead of Copse corner.


On, both races are shown live. Please note the TV times underneath. An additional German stream is available on Live Timing is available here:


Saturday, 14 May 2016 13.20 hrs. – 14.05 hrs. Race 1

Sunday, 15 May 2016 10.15 hrs. – 11.00 hrs. Race 2


Friday, 13 May 2016 09.00 hrs. – 09.45 hrs. Free Practice 1

12.00 hrs. – 12.45 hrs. Free Practice 2

16.15 hrs. – 17.00 hrs. Qualifying

Saturday, 14 May 2016 13.30 hrs. – 13.55 hrs. Race 1

Sunday, 15 May 2016 10.25 hrs. – 10.50 hrs. Race 2

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