Max Defourny: “The pace was strong all weekend”


Max Defourny - Credit: Francois Flamand / DPPI

Max Defourny secured his first Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup victory since the opening race of the Silverstone weekend in May, with the R-ace GP driver breaking the six race winning streak of Josef Kaufmann Racing at the same time.

The Belgian racer felt he had strong pace throughout the weekend at Assen, but struggles in qualifying left him off the front row, and despite climbing to third in Saturday’s opening race, a mistake dropped him down to fifth, where he remained until the chequered flag.

Defourny did not make a mistake during Sunday’s second race though, moving passed Jehan Daruvala into second early on, and then closing down the gap to championship leader Lando Norris before making a penultimate lap pass on the Briton for his third victory of the season.

“The pace was strong all weekend,” revealed Defourny on necup.com. “We were quick in free practice, but struggled in qualifying. The pace in race one was good as well, but I couldn’t overtake.

“Today, we managed to come back on Lando. It was a great battle. He was tough to pass, but we were able to overtake him on the last laps. That was a good race.”