Arden Motorsport are aiming to bring the curtain down on the 2020 Formula Renault Eurocup with championship glory at Circuit Paul Ricard this weekend [14-15 November].
The Banbury-based team travel to France atop the Rookie Championship standings with Alex Quinn after another storming double victory in class for the Brit last time out at Hockenheim.
That performance – which included another trip to the outright podium – combined with strong showings from team-mates Ugo de Wilde and Reshad De Gerus in recent times, also puts Arden in the frame for a top-three finish in the Teams Championship.
The team sits just six points adrift of MP Motorsport, with another action-packed double-header of races in Europe’s premier single-seater series set to decide both categories once and for all.
The high-speed, 3.63-mile circuit is no easy feat, but de Wilde in particular will be relishing the challenge, the Belgian rising star having scored victory twice in Le Castellet – plus a further podium – in his French F4 days.
Reunionese racer De Gerus has also competed here in the past in the same category but, for Quinn, it represents yet another step into the unknown as he continues to roll with the punches following his last-minute call-up to the squad in 2020, but the 19-year old is a fast learner.
Following pre-event testing, the competitive action kicks off with Qualifying 1 at 16:05 (GMT) on Friday, with the second session to follow on Saturday morning at 08:40.
Then follows the season-conclude double-header of races, set to get underway at 14:15 (Saturday) and 09:30 (Sunday).
The action, as usual, will be broadcast live and free-to-air across Renault Sport Series’ YouTube channel and social media platforms.
Ben Salter, Arden Formula Renault Team Manager said:
“It’s certainly going to be a busy end to the season, with Alex leading the Rookie Championship, the team on the brink of a top-three position in the Teams’ stakes, and both Ugo and Reshad out to end the season on a high.
“It’s been a season of highs and lows, but the team has really clicked into another gear recently, and I’m confident they’ll put on another good show at Paul Ricard this weekend.
“It’s the end of an era in some respects, with regard to the championship as it merges with Formula Regional European for 2021, so I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the organising team at Renault Sport for all their hard work and support over the years.
“And to my own team, thanks for the hard work and commitment, and here’s hoping we have a fitting set of results to mark the end of the year come Sunday night!”
Alex Quinn (#20) said:
“I’m really excited for the weekend. The team deserve a good end to the year after all the hard work they have put in, which is enabling all three of us to get competitive results, especially later in the year.
“I’m arriving with third in the overall championship and the rookie title as the aim, which won’t be easy, so I’m ready to fully focus on what I have to do.”
Reshad De Gerus (#21) said:
“I’m very happy to be able to end the season at Le Castellet in France. It's a circuit that I appreciate a lot and it's an even more special motivation to drive at home.
“We’ll work hard to achieve our aims and finish the season with good results.”
Ugo de Wilde (#27) said:
“It’s time for one last dance this weekend in Le Castellet!
“I’m very happy to be back there and to end the championship on a track that I like and where I have good memories.
“I hope we can use this weekend to have good results for the team, which is fighting for third in the team championship, but also for me to show the potential we have had during the whole season and get what we deserved.
“Let’s give everything one last time to end this season on a high!”