Hubert victory closes up Eurocup title battle

Anthoine Hubert took his second victory of the season to move himself firmly into championship contention as the exciting Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series season took another dramatic twist around the Bugatti circuit at Le Mans on Sunday.

Pole sitter Hubert initially lost the lead to Tech 1 Racing team-mate Simon Gachet when Gachet cut the corner at the Dunlop Chicane, just before the race was neutralised by the introduction of the safety car when Matevos Isaakyan found himself stuck in a gravel trap.

On the restart, Hubert found himself back in the lead when Gachet did not defend into the Dunlop Chicane, and then pulled away to win and move within fifteen points of the championship lead with just the three races at Jerez in three weeks time to go.

Gachet held on to make it a 1-2 finish for Tech 1 Racing, while Dennis Olsen claimed his first podium finish since his victory at Motorland Aragon back on the opening weekend of the season in April for Manor MP Motorsport.

Ignazio D’Agosto finished on the tail of team-mate Olsen in fourth, while Harrison Scott finished fifth for AVF, only to be handed a post-race penalty for gaining an advantage while running off the track that relegated him to tenth.

Race one winner Ben Barnicoat therefore inherited fifth for Fortec Motorsports ahead of fellow Briton Jack Aitken of Koiranen GP, while Josef Kaufmann Racing duo Kevin Jörg and Louis Deletraz took seventh and eighth after both dropped back from their grid slots on the opening lap.

Deletraz was forced to hold off the challenge of ART Junior Team driver Ukyo Sasahara until the chequered flag, which enabled the Swiss driver to retain the lead in the championship on count-back due to having more race wins, with Jörg equal on points with his fellow JKR driver.

Le Mans Race 2 Result

122Anthoine HubertFRATech 1 Racing17 Laps
221Simon GachetFRATech 1 Racing+1.951s
317Dennis OlsenNORManor MP Motorsport+2.050s
419Ignazio D'AgostoITAManor MP Motorsport+2.550s
56Ben BarnicoatGBRFortec Motorsports+4.408s
63Jack AitkenGBRKoiranen GP+4.666s
715Kevin JorgSWIJosef Kaufmann Racing+6.401s
814Louis DeletrazSWIJosef Kaufmann Racing+7.577s
99Ukyo SasaharaJAPART Junior Team+7.824s
1027Harrison ScottGBRAVF+8.740s
1136Thiago VivacquaBRZJD Motorsport+8.872s
128Valentin Hasse-ClotFRAFortec Motorsports+10.567s
135Martin KodricCROFortec Motorsports+11.346s
1410Darius OskouiSWIART Junior Team+11.360s
152Jake HughesGBRKoiranen GP+12.497s
1625Amaury RichardFRAARTA Engineering+16.648s
1720Hugo de SadeleerSWITech 1 Racing+24.624s
1826James AllenAUSARTA Engineering+25.041s
1958Denis BulatovRUSAVF+25.165s
2046Christopher AnthonyAUSManor MP Motorsport+38.236s
2137Nikita TroitskiyRUSJD Motorsport+3 Laps
RET35Matevos IsaakyanRUSJD MotorsportRetired
DNS18Bruno BaptistaBRZManor MP MotorsportDid Not Start