Jordan King - ZandvoortZandvoort in The Netherlands hosted the latest rain-affected instalment of Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup action over the weekend, 13th/14th August, with local team MP Motorsport delivering great pace and almost securing a deserved podium finish.

Alongside regular drivers Karl-Oscar Liiv and Alexey Chuklin, Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship competitor Jordan King returned to the Dutch team’s ranks for another outing in Europe as he continues to expand his experience and all three youngsters produced impressive performances.

Displaying front-running speed from the off, in the race one qualifying session King was the highest placed of the MP Motorsport trio with the fourth best time while Estonian driver Liiv was seventh fastest and Chuklin was 16th on the timesheets.

In the second session, Liiv took up the mantle of the squad’s quickest driver with the fourth best time to secure a second row start for Sunday’s encounter while King was just 0.018 seconds slower with the fifth quickest lap and Chuklin was an improved 14th.

At the beginning of race one on Saturday, King suffered a bitter blow when he stalled and had to battle his way back from the tail of the top 20. With a huge amount of work to do, in extremely tricky conditions, the first-year racer mounted a tremendous recovery and carved his way through into a richly deserved seventh place finish.

Liiv, meanwhile, encountered his own misfortune when dicing for the final podium spot with Robin Frijns. Moving into the top four and looking very strong, the teenager tangled with the Dutchman at the first corner – Tarzanbocht – as they jostled for third meaning an immediate retirement for both on the third lap.

Ever-improving Russian driver Chuklin really came into his own this weekend by recording a superb top 10 finish in race two after an excellent drive. Realistically, he should have been celebrating the same sort of result in the opening encounter but he was punted into the gravel trap by a rival at the first corner of the final lap. Managing to recover, the unfortunate Chuklin took the flag in 17th place.

Liiv was on course for a possible podium again in race two as he battled for third with Come Ledogar for almost the entire duration. Driving very strongly, the MP Motorsport racer was unceremoniously pushed onto the wet grass when attempting a pass and so he retired in the gravel just a couple of laps from the finish – a harsh end to the weekend for the rapid charger.

King ended the second encounter in fifth after a good recovery drive which was enforced after being pushed wide at the first turn early on. Having to fight back from eighth position, he concluded the race a mere 0.8 seconds shy of the podium.

“We’re very happy with the pace all three guys showed this weekend”, said Sander Dorsman, MP Motorsport team principal, “It’s been a good event for us, although it is frustrating to have missed the podium as Karl-Oscar and Jordan had the pace and, with more luck, they could have both been up there. Alexey has done very well, we’re really pleased with him – he did a great job all weekend.”

Next on the calendar for MP Motorsport is a visit to the UK this coming weekend, 20th/21st August, for the latest two rounds of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship action as part of the British round of the World Series by Renault festival at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.

Photo by Chris Schotanus / Essay Produkties.