After promising debuts in Formula Renault Esport Series at Interlagos, M2 Competition dominated the second round in Montréal (Canada) with Cem Bölükbaşı.
South-African Callan O’Keeffe and Turkish Cem Bölükbaşı reunited again for the second round of the Formula Renault Esport Series taking place on the Gilles Villeneuve circuit of Montréal. After several days of preparation and coaching supervised by M2’s engineering team, the duo started the weekend fully confident.
This hard work was rewarded as soon as Q1 with Cem dominating the session and Callan setting a personal best in qualifying with a P6. Thanks to a new sim set up, Cem fixed the start issues he had faced in Interlagos and kept the lead after turn 1. Callan also had a good start until a collide with a competitor damaged his car. The Turkish was never under threat for the lead and went to claim M2 Competition’s first Formula Renault Esport Series victory. Callan managed to bring his car home in 9th place, collecting his first points in the series.
Once again, Cem Bölükbaşı proved his superiority in qualification, earning his 3rd pole position in a row while Callan O’Keeffe repeated his Q1 performance with a 6th place. Unlike race 1, Cem lost the lead at the start against William Alatalo, before overtaking back at the last corner. He then raced to claim a second race win in a row as well as the fastest lap of the race. Technical issues forced Callan O’Keeffe to retire early in race 2.
Cem Bölükbaşı, driver n°43: “It feels great to get this clean sweep. After the unlucky first round, this is what I needed to get back some motivation for the series. M2 Competition has been great helping me and Callan to prepare for this one. We have good chemistry in the team and we prepare well. We will keep that up to get the chance for another clean sweep.”
Jonathan Moury, Team Principal: “It has been a good event and it is a nice feeling to get rewarded after the efforts we put in for the past two weeks. Cem has carried the performance he showed last week and Callan had his best results in qualifying despite numerous technical issues. Applying our everyday work ethic to this series was important to us and I am looking forward to the final two rounds where I hope Cem will be fighting for the championship and Callan will get a better opportunity to show his pace.”
Formula Renault Esport Series will return in two weeks for a final doubleheader starting in Austin, Texas.