Wild card entry George Russell converted his maiden Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series pole position into his maiden victory, as the Tech 1 Racing driver led from start to finish at Jerez to conclude the season.
Despite Russell taking the victory, Koiranen GP driver Nyck de Vries took the twenty-five points on offer for the win, with wild card drivers not eligible to score points.
De Vries, Kevin Jorg and Jack Aitken all got the better of front row starter Alexander Albon at the start, with the Thai KTR driver falling to fifth. Fortec Motorsports driver Aitken passed Jorg at the restart after a safety car period to clear up a crash between Martin Rump and Egor Orudzhev on lap two, and the trio up front pulled away.
Jorg held off a train of cars to take fourth for Josef Kaufmann Racing ahead of Albon, Matt Parry of Fortec Motorsports, Dennis Olsen of Prema Powerteam, Jake Hughes of Strakka Racing and Steijn Schothorst of Manor MP Motorsport, with the six drivers covered by 1.656s at the flag.
Gustav Malja completed the top ten for Josef Kaufmann Racing, with the Swede holding off another group of cars that were nose to tail at the chequered flag. With both Russell and Hughes ineligible to score points as wild card entries, Callan O’Keeffe of KTR and Hans Villemi of Prema Powerteam rounded out the points scorers despite finishing eleventh and twelfth.
Olsen’s seventh place secured him second place in the championship ahead of Albon, who jumped ahead of Andrea Pizzitola who endured a tough weekend for Manor MP Motorsport that saw him fail to score any points all weekend.
Jerez Race 2 Result
|1||George Russell||GBR||Tech 1 Racing||27m57.026s|
|2||Nyck de Vries||NED||Koiranen GP||+1.561s|
|3||Jack Aitken||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||+2.403s|
|4||Kevin Jorg||SWI||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+12.013s|
|6||Matt Parry||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||+12.850s|
|7||Dennis Olsen||NOR||Prema Powerteam||+13.033s|
|8||Jake Hughes||GBR||Strakka Racing||+13.376s|
|9||Steijn Schothorst||NED||Manor MP Motorsport||+13.669s|
|10||Gustav Malja||SWE||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+17.957s|
|12||Hans Villemi||EST||Prema Powerteam||+18.557s|
|13||Bruno Bonifacio||BRZ||Prema Powerteam||+19.355s|
|14||Pietro Fittipaldi||BRZ||Koiranen GP||+21.504s|
|15||Thiago Vivacqua||BRZ||JD Motorsport||+22.439s|
|16||Anthoine Hubert||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||+23.057s|
|17||Aurelien Panis||FRA||ART Junior Team||+23.490s|
|19||Levin Amweg||SWI||ART Junior Team||+23.856s|
|20||Simon Gachet||FRA||ART Junior Team||+24.328s|
|21||Stefan Riener||AUT||Koiranen GP||+25.009s|
|22||Andrea Pizzitola||FRA||Manor MP Motorsport||+25.873s|
|23||Hong Li Ye||CHN||Koiranen GP||+26.573s|
|24||James Allen||AUS||ARTA Engineering||+27.863s|
|25||Danylo Pronenko||RUS||BVM Racing||+35.719s|
|RET||Martin Rump||EST||Fortec Motorsports||2 Laps|
|RET||Egor Orudzhev||RUS||Tech 1 Racing||2 Laps|
|DNS||Ben Barnicoat||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||0 Laps|