Hughes leaves it late to take maiden Eurocup victory

Jake Hughes passed Ukyo Sasahara on the final lap to claim his maiden Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series victory in race two at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday.

The Koiranen GP driver reeled in the ART Junior Team driver and passed the Japanese racer into Les Combes with less than a lap of the race remaining and took the chequered flag to win by 0.535s.

Hughes had made a good start and was alongside Sasahara but was baulked by the Japanese racer, with the British driver dropping to third behind the Fortec Motorsports machine of Ben Barnicoat as a result, but he was soon back into second and went about closing the gap back down to Sasahara.

Russian driver Matevos Isaakyan took the final podium position for JD Motorsport, passing Barnicoat at the same time Hughes did, with the Racing Steps Foundation-backed Briton ultimately finishing fourth.

Ignazio D’Agosto was fifth for Manor MP Motorsport ahead of Anthoine Hubert of Tech 1 Racing, meaning the top six positions at the end of the race were filled by six different teams.

Seventh went to Koiranen GP driver Jack Aitken, who battled hard for the position with Josef Kaufmann Racing driver Kevin Jörg, while Fortec Motorsports driver Callan O’Keeffe and JD Motorsport’s Thiago Vivacqua completed the top ten and the points scorers.

Championship leader Louis Deletraz failed to score for the first time this season when he was hit from behind by Manor MP Motorsport driver Dennis Olsen heading into La Source on lap three.

Spa-Francorchamps Race 2 Result

12Jake HughesGBRKoiranen GP27m40.634s
29Ukyo SasaharaJAPART Junior Team+0.535s
335Matevos IsaakyanRUSJD Motorsport+1.650s
46Ben BarnicoatGBRFortec Motorsports+2.343s
519Ignazio D'AgostoITAManor MP Motorsport+5.385s
622Anthoine HubertFRATech 1 Racing+7.557s
73Jack AitkenGBRKoiranen GP+9.463s
815Kevin JorgSWIJosef Kaufmann Racing+10.805s
97Callan O'KeeffeRSAFortec Motorsports+12.035s
1036Thiago VivacquaBRZJD Motorsport+12.888s
1149Max DefournyBELART Junior Team+13.370s
1227Harrison ScottGBRAVF+16.041s
135Martin KodricCROFortec Motorsports+16.362s
1447Nikita MazepinRUSJosef Kaufmann Racing+16.784s
1518Lasse SorensenDENManor MP Motorsport+16.960s
1644Stefan RienerAUTKoiranen GP+19.605s
1745Ferdinand HabsburgAUTFortec Motorsports+20.203s
1828Charlie EastwoodIRLAVF+20.588s
1910Darius OskouiSWIART Junior Team+21.256s
201Anton de PasqualeAUSKoiranen GP+21.892s
218Luke ChudleighCANFortec Motorsports+26.895s
2248Daniel PronenkoUKRBVM Racing+28.105s
2325Amaury RichardFRAARTA Engineering+28.325s
2442Henrique ChavesPORAVF+31.168s
2537Amaury BonduelFRAJD Motorsport+32.059s
2643Philip HamprechtGERKoiranen GP+35.055s
2740Bruno BaptistaBRZKoiranen GP+43.432s
2826James AllenAUSARTA Engineering+43.603s
2917Dennis OlsenNORManor MP Motorsport+2 Laps
RET20Hugo de SadeleerSWITech 1 Racing
RET14Louis DeletrazSWIJosef Kaufmann Racing
RET46Valentin Hasse-ClotFRAManor MP Motorsport
RET21Simon GachetFRATech 1 Racing
RET50Josef ZarubaCZEAVF