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
|1||22||Anthoine Hubert||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||17 Laps|
|2||21||Simon Gachet||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||+1.951s|
|3||17||Dennis Olsen||NOR||Manor MP Motorsport||+2.050s|
|4||19||Ignazio D'Agosto||ITA||Manor MP Motorsport||+2.550s|
|5||6||Ben Barnicoat||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||+4.408s|
|6||3||Jack Aitken||GBR||Koiranen GP||+4.666s|
|7||15||Kevin Jorg||SWI||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+6.401s|
|8||14||Louis Deletraz||SWI||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+7.577s|
|9||9||Ukyo Sasahara||JAP||ART Junior Team||+7.824s|
|11||36||Thiago Vivacqua||BRZ||JD Motorsport||+8.872s|
|12||8||Valentin Hasse-Clot||FRA||Fortec Motorsports||+10.567s|
|13||5||Martin Kodric||CRO||Fortec Motorsports||+11.346s|
|14||10||Darius Oskoui||SWI||ART Junior Team||+11.360s|
|15||2||Jake Hughes||GBR||Koiranen GP||+12.497s|
|16||25||Amaury Richard||FRA||ARTA Engineering||+16.648s|
|17||20||Hugo de Sadeleer||SWI||Tech 1 Racing||+24.624s|
|18||26||James Allen||AUS||ARTA Engineering||+25.041s|
|20||46||Christopher Anthony||AUS||Manor MP Motorsport||+38.236s|
|21||37||Nikita Troitskiy||RUS||JD Motorsport||+3 Laps|
|RET||35||Matevos Isaakyan||RUS||JD Motorsport||Retired|
|DNS||18||Bruno Baptista||BRZ||Manor MP Motorsport||Did Not Start|