Posted by: ahw3ll | 02/08/2012

F2 2012: Britain and France Roundup

Formula Two has emerged from the Brands Hatch / Paul Ricard double-header with two new race winners and a reduced gap at the top of the championship. Kevin Mirocha and Mihai Marinescu took the chequered flag first in the two British rounds, with Markus Pommer and Matheo Tuscher taking victory in France. After a shaky start, Tuscher has emerged as the key rival to Luciano Bacheta’s championship charge.

When the F2 drivers arrived at Brands Hatch for rounds 9 and 10, they were greeted by rain – lots of rain. Most of Saturday was a washout, with the first race taking place on a very damp track. Polish driver Kevin Mirocha was able to get an excellent start from third on the grid and feed his car through the space between the front row starters. From there, he was able to control the race and take a well-deserved maiden victory. Things were not so straightforward further back in the pack, as Max Snegirev lost control of his car on the main straight and was collected by Kourosh Khani, also taking out Alex Fontana in the process – The spray kicked up by the cars resulting in poor visibility, especially in the high-speed sections.

The first race at Brands was held in wet conditions

The race on Sunday was won by Mihai Marinescu – his second win of the season – with Zanella second and British driver Dino Zamparelli putting the disappointment of a spin in race one behind him to take his maiden podium finish. The biggest surprise of the race occurred when Matheo Tuscher lost control over the kerbs on the exit of Paddock Hill, resulting in retirement against the barriers.

A week after the excitement of Brands Hatch, the F2 circus made it’s way across the channel to France. Tuscher took his maiden victory in race one, ahead of championship rival Bacheta. In Sunday’s race, Markus Pommer took his second win of the season to close in on the top three.

Markus Pommer took his second victory in France

Heading into the summer break, Luciano Bacheta still holds the championship lead. A lead he has held since the first race at Silverstone back in April. Matheo Tuscher lies second, 32½ points behind the British driver and with momentum gathering behind his championship push. Third place is held by Christopher Zanella, who has recently said that his chances of taking the title this year are over. Statistically, any of these three plus Pommer, Marinescu and Mirocha can still take the championship over the remaining four races, but it will take a huge effort – and a lot of luck – to unseat Bacheta from the top of the table.

The next races will be at the Hungaroring on the 8th-9th September before the final rounds at Monza at the end of the month.

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