Ukyo Sasahara took his maiden Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series victory in race one at Spa-Francorchamps as he jumped pole sitter Jake Hughes at the start and held on until the chequered flag.
The Japanese ART Junior Team driver took the flag just 0.715s ahead of Koiranen GP’s Hughes, while Anthoine Hubert of Tech 1 Racing completed the podium.
An incident early in the race between Valentin Hasse-Clot and Henrique Chaves, who race for Manor MP Motorsport and AVF respectively, brought out the safety car, but Sasahara was able to control the restart.
After starting from third on the grid, Jack Aitken’s hopes of taking his first victory of the season were wrecked by a gradually worsening car issue, with the young Briton’s race ending in the pit lane after dropping down the field.
This enabled championship leader Louis Deletraz to be able to finish fourth for Josef Kaufmann Racing, ahead of Manor MP Motorsport’s Ignazio D’Agosto and JD Motorsport’s Mateovos Isaakyan, with the Italian and Russian drivers battling hard with Fortec Motorsports’ Ben Barnicoat before the Racing Steps Foundation-backed Briton retired on the final lap.
Callan O’Keeffe therefore was the highest placed Fortec driver at the end, crossing the line in seventh position, ahead of Brazilian driver Thiago Vivacqua of JD Motorsport in eighth.
Wildcard entry Max Defourny was ninth for the ART Junior Team ahead of Manor MP Motorsport’s Dennis Olsen, while Darius Oskoui takes the final point for the ART Junior Team despite finishing outside the points in eleventh, with Defourney ineligible for points as a guest driver.
There were a number of incidents during the race, with Hugo de Sadeleer and Josef Zaruba colliding at the final chicane, Simon Gachet of Tech 1 Racing hitting the wall at Raidillon, and Ferdinand Habsberg joining his Fortec team-mate Barnicoat in retiring on the final lap whilst chasing a point.
Spa-Francorchamps Race 1 Result
|1||9||Ukyo Sasahara||JAP||ART Junior Team||28m58.036s|
|2||2||Jake Hughes||GBR||Koiranen GP||+0.715s|
|3||22||Anthoine Hubert||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||+3.449s|
|4||14||Louis Deletraz||SWI||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+6.101s|
|5||19||Ignazio D'Agosto||ITA||Manor MP Motorsport||+10.159s|
|6||35||Matevos Isaakyan||RUS||JD Motorsport||+10.737s|
|7||7||Callan O'Keeffe||RSA||Fortec Motorsports||+18.193s|
|8||36||Thiago Vivacqua||BRZ||JD Motorsport||+20.139s|
|9||49||Max Defourny||BEL||ART Junior Team||+20.884s|
|10||17||Dennis Olsen||NOR||Manor MP Motorsport||+22.449s|
|11||10||Darius Oskoui||SWI||ART Junior Team||+24.229s|
|13||15||Kevin Jorg||SWI||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+24.758s|
|14||25||Amaury Richard||FRA||ARTA Engineering||+29.130s|
|15||18||Lasse Sorensen||DEN||Manor MP Motorsport||+29.638s|
|16||43||Philip Hamprecht||GER||Koiranen GP||+30.351s|
|17||8||Luke Chudleigh||CAN||Fortec Motorsports||+31.081s|
|18||37||Amaury Bonduel||FRA||JD Motorsport||+31.587s|
|19||5||Martin Kodric||CRO||Fortec Motorsports||+31.805s|
|20||48||Daniel Pronenko||UKR||BVM Racing||+32.755s|
|21||26||James Allen||AUS||ARTA Engineering||+33.923s|
|23||40||Bruno Baptista||BRZ||Koiranen GP||+39.554s|
|24||47||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+41.853s|
|25||6||Ben Barnicoat||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||+1 Lap|
|26||45||Ferdinand Habsburg||AUT||Fortec Motorsports||+1 Lap|
|27||3||Jack Aitken||GBR||Koiranen GP|
|28||21||Simon Gachet||FRA||Tech 1 Racing|
|29||1||Anton de Pasquale||AUS||Koiranen GP|
|30||20||Hugo de Sadeleer||SWI||Tech 1 Racing|
|32||44||Stefan Riener||AUT||Koiranen GP|
|33||46||Valentin Hasse-Clot||FRA||Manor MP Motorsport|