Antonio Felix da CostaAntonio Felix da Costa was again in evidence this weekend at Le Mans on the competitive Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. The Portuguese driver got two podiums and expanded his advantage in the leadership of the Eurocup, having now 7 more points than the Frenchman Jean Eric Vergne, who is now second on the championship and 14 more points than the Spanish Albert Costa (ranked third).

After the third place achieved in the first race and with only two race meetings remaining to the end of the season, Felix da Costa knew he would have to attack strongly in the race in order to consolidate his leadership on the Eurocup: “Being fourth on the grid, and having my main opponents on the first row I knew that I had to attack and make them pressure”, said the young Portuguese driver with only 17 years old, which was a protagonist of an excellent start, moving immediately to third position, behind the Spanish Albert Costa: “I started to make pressure on Albert, forcing him to make a mistake which happened after some laps. After this I was quick but Vergne was already a bit far away and unfortunately it was too late to reach him, “continued Antonio Felix da Costa who made the fastest of the race and completed the second race in second position.

The results of this weekend allowed Antonio Félix da Costa to open the gap on the leadership of the European Championship: “I came to Le Mans with 4 points of advantage to Albert Costa and now I have 7 points to the second and 14 to the third. Together with my team Motopark and especially with my engineer Dennis Lawyer, we did an excellent work, which gave me a extremely competitive car. However, our weakness is still the qualifying and on both races starting 4th on the grid didn’t allows us to fight for the win. I am aware of that situation and we have to move at this point, “concluded driver managed by Sowhat Management.

The next race of the season for Antonio Felix da Costa is at Assen (Holland) – 7/8 Uugust for the NEC (North European Championship), where he is also leading. This year on both championships (Eurocup and NEC) Antonio achieved a total of 12 podiums in 16 races, 5 of them on the top of the podium. A brilliant performance from the 17 year old driver, which is closer to get both titles only on his second year of car racing.

Classification of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 after Le Mans: 1st António Félix da Costa, 97 pontos; 2nd Jean Eric Vergne, 90 pts; 3rd Albert Costa, 83 pts….

Next race: Nurburgring – 19 & 20 September.