Matthieu Vaxiviere recovered from a disappointing opening race at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday to claim his third victory of the season in race two to remain in the hunt for this season’s Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship.
The French Lotus driver qualified third for race one but made a slow getaway, and ultimately ended the opener down in seventh after being passed by both Dean Stoneman and Nyck de Vries at the start and then Roberto Merhi, Nicholas Latifi and Tom Dillmann during the race, although he would reclaim sixth post-race due to the penalty for Merhi.
It was a much different story for race two, when he converted his fourth pole position of the season into the win, battling hard in the early stages with championship leader Oliver Rowland before gradually pulling away from the Fortec Motorsports driver to win by 4.151s.
“Obviously I am happy to have won, but I am not entirely satisfied with the day overall,” reflected Vaxiviere on RenaultSport.com.
“It was a nice race, I was able to manage a gap to Oliver, and now we have to work to be ready straight away when the season resumes in September and try to win the championship. It is going to be a nice battle with Oliver.”