After Nogaro and Hockenheim, the Alpine Elf Europa Cup heads to Spa-Francorchamps for round three of the 2019 season. 20 Alpine A110 Cups are expected in Belgium for a meeting where the contenders will have the opportunity to make an impression prior to the summer break.
The first half of the Alpine Elf Europa Cup season will conclude at one of the most challenging circuits in the world. Located in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes forest, the undulating and technical Spa-Francorchamps is a favourite of the drivers, who must demonstrate unequalled precision to highlight their talent and the potential of the Alpine A110 Cup!
JUST A SINGLE POINT
Despite his youth, Mateo Herrero (Milan Compétition) is one of the most serious title contenders following his wins at Nogaro and Hockenheim. Still in the lead of the general classification, the youngest competitor in the field is now aiming for a third victory on the same circuit he scored one of his best results last year in the French F4 Championship.
His older rivals have not yet thrown in the towel. Extremely consistent in finishing in the top four in the first four races of the season, Marc Guillot (Milan Compétition) wants to accelerate his momentum that has seen him close the gap to one point from his team mate after his two podium results in Germany.
Fighting at the front at Hockenheim, Jean-Baptiste Méla (Autosport GP) is counting on continuing recent form that saw him score his first success in the category to close up to Mateo Herrero while Gaël Castelli’s (CMR) only objective is first place on a track where he claimed two podium finishes last September.
Mike Parisy (CMR) will also look to bounce back from a lacklustre weekend that saw him lose ground to the leaders. Once again, the French driver will rely on his experience in his quest to be among the leaders and boost his chances in a championship where anything is still possible.
IN THE HUNT
20 – the number of points that go to the race winner – behind Mateo Herrero, there is Vincent Beltoise (Racing Technology), Laurent Hurgon (Autosport GP) and Yann Zimmer (CMR). All three have already cracked the bubbly at least once this year, but now they want more and well-intend to reach the top step of the podium before the summer break.
After a slower start to the season than he expected with two fifth place results and two retirements, 2018 runner-up Nicolas Milan (Milan Compétition) is also coming with the bit between his teeth to get back into contention before the beginning of the second half of the season.
His team mate, Antoine Miquel (Milan Compétition) has the same objective in order to consolidate his place in the top ten, a position coveted by Julien Neveu (Autosport GP).
THE RACE WITHIN THE RACE
With his good results at Hockenheim, Mathieu Blaise (Racing Technology) wants to take another double in the Gentleman category to pull away from his rivals, currently led by Marc Sevestre (Autosport GP), who like Franc Rouxel (Racing Technology), Pierre Macchi (Autosport GP) and Stéphane Proux (Racing Technology), will try to bring an end to Mathieu Blaise’s winning streak that began in Germany.
Belgian Philippe Bourgois will be looking for a strong result on his home soil, even more so as he had to miss the Spa round last year. Luc Céret and Yves Lemaître, who were at Nogaro, will make their return to the field in sharing the n°38 Autosport GP Alpine A110 Cup.
Two drivers will make their Alpine Elf Europa Cup debuts at Spa-Francorchamps: Junior Alexandre Gadois (Autosport GP), who was a standout in karting and has Clio Cup France experience and Gentleman racer Arnaud Tsamère (Racing Technology). Invited to drive the n°110 Alpine A110 Cup, he will be able to count on his experience of the Belgian track in different categories to accelerate his discovery of a car that won both races last year in the hands of Stéphane Lémeret.
All sessions can be followed on the official live timing of the event and both races will be aired live on the Alpine Elf Europa Cup Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Friday June 7
10:05-10:50: Free Practice 1
16:00-16:35: Free Practice 2
Saturday June 8
9:00-9:20: Qualifying 1
13:00-13:30: Race 1
Sunday June 9
9:00-9:20: Qualifying 2
16:35-17:05: Race 2