Megane Trophy: Schothorst out to shoot down Costa

Albert Costa has a 16-point lead to protect as he aims to hold off Bas Schothorst to claim the World Series by Renault title.

Costa (Oregon Team) has recorded five consecutive wins to storm into the championship lead and will hope to triumph in his rookie season with another impressive performance in his home race in Catalunya.

Schothorst (TDS Racing) won five of the first six races of the season to establish a commanding lead but has since been reined in after suffering frustration on a regular basis.

Costa must be considered the heavy favourite given his impressive form and the fact that he has won in Barcelona in both the Formula Renault 2.0 and 3.5 Series.

Oregon Team's Kevin Gilardoni, Niccolo Nalio and Fabien Thuner are all in contention for a third place finish in the championship.