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Renger van der Zande Leaves BF3

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted September 15, 2009 at 10:53 am F3 Euro Series, Signing

Renger van der Zande


Renger van der Zande has decided to leave the British F3 championship, where he is currently second in the points standings, and join Motopark Academy in the F3 Euro Series at the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend.

This is all pure speculation, but the real story probably goes something like this…

Renger was brought in early this season by Hitech team manager David Hayle to help teammate Walter Grubmeller.  With the team championship all but wrapped up heading into the season finale, Renger is likely parting ways with Hitech so that Grubmeller can pick up the second spot in the championship.  Max Chilton, who is currently fourth, won’t be able to overtake Renger for third (even with the Dutchman vacant and competing in the F3ES).

Regardless, all parties involved seem to be kosher and van der Zande is looking forward to this weekend’s F3 Euro Series event:

“I drove for Motopark in Oschersleben this year and it is a great team. I hope to be back on the pace straight away but it is never easy joining a series during the season. Although I have done it once this year and I hope to achieve the same success in the last 3 rounds of the European Series”

“I have enjoyed my time in British F3. It is a great, historic series where many top drivers have won and for me to have got 3 victories and 9 podiums in total and not having done the full season, I am very happy. I want to thank Hi Tech for giving me the chance to race.”

It will be nice to see Renger back in the Formula 3 Euro Series this weekend.  He finished 14th after starting 25th in early August, when he made his one-off debut with Motopark Academy at Oschersleben.  He ran 20 races with Prema Powerteam in the 2008 Formula 3 Euro Series, finishing 4th in the overall championship.


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