Formula Renault 3.5

Storming start provides platform for Rowland race two victory

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Oliver Rowland made amends for his race one result, where he finished third having started from pole position, by making a fantastic start from fifth on the grid to lead into the first corner and hold off the race-long challenge of Matthieu Vaxiviere to win for the third time this season.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed Fortec Motorsports driver judged the start to perfection, getting between front row starters Vaxiviere and Egor Orudzhev to lead, and had the track advantage throughout the race ahead of Vaxiviere, who could not get close enough to make a challenge.

Rowland had the quicker pit stop to maintain the lead, and eventually finished 1.519s clear when the chequered flag fell.

Gustav Malja took his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 Series podium with a third place finish for Strakka Racing, with the Swede holding off the close advances of the second Fortec Motorsports machine of Malaysian driver Jazeman Jaafar.

Pietro Fantin finished fifth on the road for International Draco Racing, but a ten-second penalty for crossing the pit exit line after his pit stop relegated him to eighth position, with Tom Dillmann moving up to the fifth spot for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin.

The second Strakka Racing machine of Tio Ellinas was classified sixth ahead of Pons Racing’s Roberto Merhi, who could not match his performance from Saturday where he finished in second position.

After Fantin, Nyck de Vries took ninth for DAMS, who struggled for pace all weekend long, with his team-mate Dean Stoneman dropping outside of the points after losing out to Meindert van Buuren of Lotus during the pit stop cycle.

Egor Orudzhev could not match his race one performance on Sunday, with the SMP Racing-backed Arden Motorsport driver making a mistake at the first corner that dropped him down from second position to outside the top ten, with the young Russian driver finishing on the tail of van Buuren having also found his way past Stoneman.

Rowland was under investigation from the stewards after the race, but no action was deemed necessary, although the cause of the investigation is unknown.

Hungaroring Race 2 Result

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