Fenestraz triumphs in Monaco ahead of R-ace GP trio


Sacha Fenestraz was victorious in race two at Monaco - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Sacha Fenestraz finally secured his first Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series victory of the season as he led from start to finish in race two around the streets of Monaco on Sunday.

The Josef Kaufmann Racing had finished on the podium four times in the opening seven races of the year but converted his first pole position of 2017 into the race lead on the opening lap, and was untroubled until the chequered flag.

The race ended behind the safety car when Thomas Neubauer crashed his Tech 1 Racing machine at St Devote, with the Frenchman crawling up the hill before stopping in a dangerous position, with Fenestraz having extended his lead to more than three seconds by that time.

Robert Shwartzman capitalised on an early mistake at the exit of the Swimming Pool complex by team-mate Will Palmer to secure second place for R-ace GP, with the championship leader and race one winner lucky to avoid the barriers as he jumped over the kerbs.

Max Defourny made it a trio of R-ace GP drivers in second, third and fourth after making a superb pass on Daniel Ticktum at Portier, with the Arden Motorsport driver showing good awareness as the Belgian made his move to give just enough space to avoid an incident.

Alex Peroni put pressure on Ticktum in the closing laps but the Fortec Motorsports driver was denied the opportunity to attempt a pass by the safety car, while Gabriel Aubry was seventh for Tech 1 Racing ahead of Richard Verschoor of MP Motorsport, with Aleksandr Vartanyan and Aleksey Korneev completing the points finishers.

As well as Neubauer, there were incidents for AVF by Adrian Vallés duo Henrique Chaves and Gregorie Saucy, and for MP Motorsport’s Jarno Opmeer, while Frank Bird also retired early after a clash at the hairpin, with the British racer showing signs of pain in his back at the side of the track.

The top three pick up their trophies after race two in Monaco – Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Monaco Race 2 Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
111Sacha FenestrazFRAJosef Kaufmann Racing28:07.742s
210Robert ShwartzmanRUSR-ace GP+0.687s
38Will PalmerGBRR-ace GP+1.222s
49Max DefournyBELR-ace GP+1.687s
533Daniel TicktumGBRArden Motorsport+2.046s
617Alex PeroniAUSFortec Motorsports+2.422s
74Gabriel AubryFRATech 1 Racing+3.190s
829Richard VerschoorNEDMP Motorsport+3.942s
923Aleksandr VartanyanRUSJD Motorsport+4.650s
1018Aleksey KorneevRUSFortec Motorsports+5.998s
112Luis LeedsAUSJosef Kaufmann Racing+6.498s
1231Neil VerhagenUSAMP Motorsport+7.690s
137Max FewtrellGBRTech 1 Racing+8.587s
145Thomas MaxwellAUSTech 1 Racing+9.571s
1526Presley MartonoINOMark Burdett Motorsport+10.526s
1634Ghislain CordeelBELArden Motorsport+11.226s
1793Zane GoddardAUSArden Motorsport+11.812s
1815Axel MatusMEXAVF by Adrian Valles+14.316s
191Yifei YeCHNJosef Kaufmann Racing+15.091s
2025Julia PankiewiczPOLMark Burdett Motorsport+15.938s
2114Rodrigo PfluckerPERAVF by Adrian Valles+17.168s
2212Raul GuzmanMEXR-ace GP+18.296s
2320Najiy Ayyad bin Abd RazakMALFortec Motorsports+19.490s
246Thomas NeubauerFRATech 1 RacingRetired
2530Jarno OpmeerNEDMP MotorsportRetired
2613Henrique ChavesPORAVF by Adrian VallesRetired
2716Gregoire SaucySWIAVF by Adrian VallesRetired
2819Frank BirdGBRFortec MotorsportsRetired