Nineteen-year-old Austrian driver Stephan Riener and eighteen-year-old Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi will be wild card drivers for the Koiranen GP team in the series finale of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series this weekend at Jerez.
Riener has been competing in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) this season for Speedfish Racing, racing fifteen times and finished the season eleventh in the final championship standings. He also competed in six races in the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS championship for Cram Motorsport.
Fittipaldi, the grandson of two-time former Formula 1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, was victorious in the Formula Renault 2.0 UK BRDC championship in 2014, and also competed in ALPS for MGR Motorsport before switching to Koiranen GP for the final race of the season.
“Riener and Fittipaldi will be competing for the first time in the Eurocup Championship this coming weekend and the competition will be tough as part from the 2014 season winner Nyck de Vries, there will be other very strong contenders in Jerez,” said Koiranen CEO Afa Heikkinen. “Nyck de Vries will be a competitive advantage for Stephan and Pietro as the rookies will be able to rely on De Vries datas from the last ALPS race which he won.
“We are aiming for a top 10 this weekend, and I am confident we can reach it. But the essential work will be for Stephan to adapt to the team and to our car for the first outing with us and for Pietro, he will have to put into practice everything we have learnt from last time in Jerez.”
As wild card entries, neither driver will be eligible to score points in Jerez, with Riener carrying the #62 and Fittipaldi the #58.