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Jordan King - Most PodiumBritish racer Jordan King took MP Motorsport back onto the podium during the latest round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup at Most in the Czech Republic on Sunday, 28th August, while Estonia’s Karl-Oscar Liiv came tantalisingly close to doubling up for the Dutch team.

Without doubt the best weekend of 2011 so far for the front-running Formula Renault squad, King and Liiv proved to be a match for the championship leading Red Bull Junior drivers throughout while team-mate Alexey Chuklin continued his impressive rise up the ranks.

Just a few days removed from the most recent round of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit the weekend prior, MP Motorsport travelled directly to the Czech Republic for the most easterly situated race meeting of the NEC campaign.

Rapid from the off during practice, where King was fastest of all across the four sessions, along with Liiv the pair confirmed the team’s superb pace in qualifying on Saturday, 27th August, with the fifth and fourth fastest times respectively. During qualifying for the second of the weekend’s three races, King starred by sealing a front-row start while Liiv was ninth quickest.

During the opening encounter, Liiv raced impressively and came within just 0.5 seconds of climbing the podium as he pressured Stoffel Vandoorne all the way to the chequered flag. Chuklin fought his way through strongly from 21st on the grid into 14th position but for King the chance of a podium went begging when contact with Alessio Picariello while contesting third place resulted in an excursion – he finished a lap down.

Sunday’s racing began with a deserved celebration as King lapped consistently on the pace of Carlos Sainz Jnr and Daniil Kvyat on his way to a fantastic third place finish. At the end of the 17-lapper he was a mere 0.8 seconds shy of Kvyat and only 1.5 seconds adrift of winner Sainz Jnr. King’s fastest lap of the race, incidentally, was 1m32.794 seconds – just 0.2 seconds shy of the best of the race.

Liiv was again in terrific form too and carved his way past several cars to rise from ninth on the grid into fifth position at the finish. Like King, the Estonian’s pace was impressive and his quickest lap was less than 0.2 seconds outside his team-mate’s best. Once again, Russian racer Chuklin delivered a strong drive to end up in 16th place from the 10th row of the grid.

The third and final race at Autodrom Most could have produced the second podium of the event for MP Motorsport but Liiv had to settle for fourth, just under two seconds shy of the rostrum. Chuklin drove superbly to take 12th position right on the tail of Picariello and Rafael Danieli but King had to face more misfortune when a questionable drive-through penalty was handed out.

Forced to start at the back of the grid, due to his finishing position from the opener, the youngster made a fantastic getaway and rapidly climbed into the mid-order. Unfortunately for King, he was then forced to serve a penalty following a pass on Richard Gonda but the decision was certainly erroneous and meant he was only then able to recover into 16th place.

“Overall, we really are very happy with the way this weekend has gone”, said MP Motorsport team principal Sander Dorsman, “It’s been our best race meeting of the season by far, Jordan and Karl-Oscar were on the pace all weekend and really took the fight to the Red Bull guys. Alexey keeps on impressing us with his progress and the visit to Most saw another improvement. All in all, a fantastic event.”

MP Motorsport continues its hectic schedule this weekend, 3rd/4th September, by participating in the Auto GP Championship event in Valencia, Spain, with Dutch driver Daniël De Jong. From there, the team will prepare for the penultimate rounds of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship which will be held at Paul Ricard in the south of France on 17th/18th September.

Photo by Chris Schotanus/Essay Produkties.

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.

Karl-Oscar LiivMP Motorsport came extremely close to earning its first podium finish of the 2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season at the Nurburgring in Germany last weekend, 18th/19th June, with Estonian teenager Karl-Oscar Liiv just missing out on third place during the final lap of race two.

The second of the weekend’s encounters was by far the best for the Dutch team with Liiv almost managing to grab the last podium place on lap 12. In the end, he took the chequered flag just 0.1 seconds adrift to secure his first championship points of the season in the ultra-competitive series.

Starting seventh on the grid, Liiv – who celebrated his 18th birthday on Sunday – moved into the top six on lap one before taking fifth place on lap five. Dicing with Miki Weckstrom over fourth position for a couple of laps, Liiv made the place his own on lap nine before then challenging Timmy Hansen for third all the way to the finish.

Fellow Estonian Johannes Moor excelled in the tricky, wet conditions and sliced his way through the order fantastically well after being forced to start the race from the back of the substantial 34-car grid due to a mix-up during qualifying.

Several drivers, Moor included, were made to leave the track by a marshal and enter Parc Ferme before qualifying had ended so were prevented from finishing their flying laps. Seriously damaging Moor’s chances, the 18-year-old raced superbly and charged through into an exceptional 12th place.

Swedish team-mate Kevin Kleveros also had to start lower down the order for race two than would ordinarily be expected due to a few problems during the wet qualifying session. Lining up in 25th position, the 19-year-old made very good progress and his pace was impressive but all of his hard work was undone on lap six due to a fuel pump issue – easily costing him a deserved top 10 finish.

Team principal Sander Dorsman commented: “All three drivers did a fantastic job in race two, Karl-Oscar was so close to getting on the podium – he almost did it on the last lap but just missed out in the end. Fourth place though is still a great result for us.

“Johannes raced really well, he overtook a lot of cars in the 12 laps and really did do a great job to get as high as 12th place. Unfortunately, Kevin wasn’t able to complete the race because of the fuel pump breaking but without that big problem we’re sure he would have been in the top 10.”

Race one wasn’t as fruitful for MP Motorsport with Kleveros starting in 15th position, just over a second shy of pole position, ahead of Moor in 16th and Liiv in 19th place. In the end, Kleveros finished in 13th position just a fraction ahead of Liiv while Moor was 17th.

Little over a week remains until the next Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race meeting which will be held at the Hungaroring in Hungary on 2nd/3rd July.

Provisional 2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Driver Standings:
13th Karl-Oscar Liiv, 12pts; 21st Kevin Kleveros, 1pt; No score – Johannes Moor

Photo by Chris Schotanus/Essay Produkties.