Aitken wins to assume Eurocup championship lead

Jack Aitken took his fourth victory of the season to take over the lead in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series championship at a wet Jerez on Saturday.

The British Koiranen GP driver was untouchable throughout the race that ended prematurely with a red flag due to several cars stopping with technical problems due to the slow speed in almost treacherous conditions.

The race began behind the safety car due to heavy rain pre-race, and the conditions only allowed for about ten minutes of green flag running, but Aitken ended up winning by 14.670s from Josef Kaufmann Racing’s Kevin Jörg.

Aitken takes over the lead in the championship as a result, although he has the same amount of points as Jörg but leads due to winning more races than the Swiss driver.

Ignazio D’Agosto claimed his first podium finish of the season for Manor MP Motorsport on the final lap as Ben Barnicoat slowed to a halt while running inside the top three himself, with Louis Deletraz finishing fourth for Josef Kaufmann Racing. Deletraz has found himself off the top of the championship standings for the first time this season, but remains well in contention with two races of the weekend remaining.

Jake Hughes finished fifth for Koiranen GP after capitalising on another casualty over the final laps when Dennis Olsen dropped out of the points, while Matevos Isaakyan finished sixth for JD Motorsport.

Anthoine Hubert kept himself in contention for the championship by climbing from sixteenth on the grid to finish seventh, ahead of Martin Kodric, Ukyo Sasahara and Harrison Scott.

Jerez Race 1 Result

13Jack AitkenGBRKoiranen GP40m01.711s
215Kevin JorgSWIJosef Kaufmann Racing+14.670s
319Ignazio D'AgostoITAManor MP Motorsport+18.490s
414Louis DeletrazSWIJosef Kaufmann Racing+19.161s
52Jake HughesGBRKoiranen GP+21.732s
635Matevos IsaakyanRUSJD Motorsport+22.515s
722Anthoine HubertFRATech 1 Racing+25.710s
85Martin KodricCROFortec Motorsports+34.064s
99Ukyo SasaharaJAPART Junior Team+34.948s
1027Harrison ScottGBRAVF+35.380s
1137Alexey KorneevRUSJD Motorsport+36.064s
1226James AllenAUSARTA Engineering+36.374s
1336Thiago VivacquaBRZJD Motorsport+36.473s
1448Daniel PronenkoUKRBVM+38.066s
1554Jehan DaruvalaINDFortec Motorsports+40.607s
1658Denis BulatovRUSAVF+41.075s
1720Hugo de SadeleerSWITech 1 Racing+43.937s
1859Julien FalcheroFRAGSK Grand Prix+48.325s
1951Vasily RomanovRUSCram Motorsport+49.191s
2021Simon GachetFRATech 1 Racing+49.777s
2117Dennis OlsenNORManor MP Motorsport+1m38.290s
22/RET6Ben BarnicoatGBRFortec Motorsports+1 Lap
RET8Valentin Hasse-ClotFRAFortec MotorsportsRetired
RET18Bruno BaptistaBRZManor MP MotorsportRetired
RET10Darius OskouiSWIART Junior TeamRetired
RET49Max DefournyBELART Junior TeamRetired
RET25Amaury RichardFRAARTA EngineeringRetired