After a good start of the season in Monza, M2 Competition and SMP Racing driver Michael Belov experienced a tough weekend in Imola.
The first qualifying session placed Michael P13 on the grid for the first race of the weekend. Thanks to a clean start, he managed to gain three places to spend most of the race in 10th place. Despite two safety car periods in the late stages which packed the field up, Michael held on to his place to claim one point for the championship.
Due to an engine issue, Michael had his qualifying compromised and had to start the race from the back of the grid. Unfortunately, these issues could not be solved before the start of the race which forced Michael to retire for the first time this year after completing 3 laps.
Elise Moury, Team Manager: It has been a disappointing weekend. We struggled to find the optimal package and when we found the solution, we were hit with an engine failure which was unsolvable between Q2 and Race 2. It is disappointing but we will come back stronger in Nürburgring.
Formula Renault Eurocup will resume in September with three rounds in the month, starting with Nürburgring from the 3rd to the 6th.
Race 1: P10
Race 2: DNF
Michael Belov 7th (4th rookie)
M2 Competition 7th
Photo © Renault Sport Series / DPPI Images