Rowland dominates Jerez finale as Gasly claims P2 in Championship


Oliver Rowland took his second and Fortec Motorsports third victory of the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season in dominant fashion by leading from start to finish in the season finale at Jerez.

The Racing Steps Foundation sponsored driver inherited pole position after Roberto Merhi was penalised, and never controlled the race from the front, eventually finishing 7.703s clear of Canadian rookie Nicholas Latifi of Tech 1 Racing.

Latifi, on only his sixth start after joining the series at the Hungaroring in September, overtook William Buller of Arden Motorsport in between turns two and three just after the safety car left the circuit that had been deployed to clear up a crash between Jazeman Jaafar and Matias Lainé.

Pierre Gasly finished fourth behind his Arden Motorsport team-mate Buller despite making a good start to run second behind Rowland, but a botched pit stop from his mechanics saw him drop behind Buller and Latifi.

Sergey Sirotkin finished the race in fifth in the second Fortec Motorsports machine, ahead of Pietro Fantin of International Draco Racing, while Oscar Tunjo of Pons Racing was seventh ahead of Lotus duo Matthieu Vaxiviere and Marlon Stockinger.

Norman Nato held off the challenge of his DAMS team-mate and 2014 series champion Carlos Sainz Jr to secure the final point on offer in tenth, with the new champion failing to score a point all weekend.

Merhi’s race was over early after his car developed a fault during his pit stop whilst running third, with the Zeta Corse driver losing second place in the championship to Gasly as a result, meaning the two Red Bull Junior drivers finished first and second in the final standings.

Jerez Race 2 Result

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME/Laps
1 Oliver Rowland GBR Fortec Motorsports 42m09.126s
2 Nicholas Latifi CAN Tech 1 Racing +7.703s
3 William Buller GBR Arden Motorsport +15.879s
4 Pierre Gasly FRA Arden Motorsport +16.608s
5 Sergey Sirotkin RUS Fortec Motorsports +18.752s
6 Pietro Fantin BRZ International Draco Racing +21.269s
7 Oscar Tunjo COL Pons Racing +21.730s
8 Matthieu Vaxiviere FRA Lotus +22.349s
9 Marlon Stockinger PHI Lotus +22.751s
10 Norman Nato FRA DAMS +24.573s
11 Carlos Sainz Jr ESP DAMS +25.243s
12 Beitske Visser NED AV Formula +28.250s
13 Will Stevens GBR Strakka Racing +29.809s
14 Zoel Amberg SWI AV Formula +30.363s
15 Meindert van Buuren NED Pons Racing +31.146s
RET Jazeman Jaafar MAL ISR Racing 14 Laps
RET Matias Lainé FIN Strakka Racing 14 Laps
RET Marco Sorensen DEN Tech 1 Racing 8 Laps
RET Roberto Merhi ESP Zeta Corse 7 Laps
RET Roman Mavlanov RUS Zeta Corse 1 Lap
RET Luca Ghiotto ITA International Draco Racing 0 Laps