Lando Norris continued his impressive start to the season with victory in race one of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship event at Monza.
The British driver secured his third victory of the season after jumping ahead of Dorian Boccolacci at the start, with the Josef Kaufmann Racing driver holding off the challenge of the Tech 1 Racing driver until the chequered flag, winning by 0.532 seconds.
Boccolacci had taken pole position for the race, but found his chance of his first victory of the season denied to him by a first lap move by Norris, with the two drivers up front in a class of their own, with more than twelve seconds separating second place from third.
The battle for the final podium position was not decided until late in the race, with Harrison Scott securing it by less than three-tenths of a second from Monaco race winner Sacha Fenestraz, with the duo swapping places a few times during the fifteen-lap race.
Robert Shwartzman finished on the tail of Fenestraz in fifth for Josef Kaufmann Racing, while Will Palmer was sixth for R-ace GP, just ahead of another Kaufmann entry in the form of Jehan Daruvala.
Max Defourny had a disappointing race to finish only eighth for R-ace GP to drop some all-important points to his championship rivals, while the points-paying positions were completed by JD Motorsport’s Alexey Korneev and Tech 1 Racing’s Hugo de Sadeleer.
Monza Race 1 Result
|1||2||Lando Norris||GBR||Josef Kaufmann Racing||27:47.123|
|2||9||Dorian Boccolacci||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||+0.532|
|3||22||Harrison Scott||GBR||AVF by Adrian Valles||+12.538|
|4||11||Sacha Fenestraz||SWI||Tech 1 Racing||+12.805|
|5||3||Robert Shwartzman||RUS||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+13.333|
|6||14||Will Palmer||GBR||R-Ace GP||+15.125|
|7||1||Jehan Daruvala||IND||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+15.639|
|8||33||Max Defourny||BEL||R-Ace GP||+19.118|
|9||17||Alexey Korneev||RUS||JD Motorsport||+20.575|
|10||10||Hugo de Sadeleer||SWI||Tech 1 Racing||+23.106|
|11||5||Vasily Romanov||RUS||Fortec Motorsports||+26.160|
|12||23||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||AVF by Adrian Valles||+27.200|
|13||16||Julien Falchero||FRA||R-Ace GP||+28.500|
|14||43||Nerses Isaakyan||RUS||AVF by Adrian Valles||+31.403|
|15||24||Petru Florescu||ROM||AVF by Adrian Valles||+39.557|
|16||21||Henrique Chaves||POR||AVF by Adrian Valles||+44.476|
|18||31||David Richert||CAN||Cram Motorsport||+53.001|
|19||18||James Allen||AUS||JD Motorsport||+1 Lap|
|RET||12||Gabriel Aubry||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||Retired|
|RET||62||Ferdinand Habsburg||AUT||Fortec Motorsports||Retired|
|RET||7||Nikita Troitskiy||RUS||Fortec Motorsports||Retired|
|RET||6||Bruno Baptista||BRZ||Fortec Motorsports||Retired|