Max Defourny lead from start to finish despite the attention of Lando Norris to secure his maiden Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series victory at Motorland Aragon on Saturday.
R-ace GP ace Defourny withstood early pressure from Josef Kaufmann Racing’s Norris before building a small gap, eventually crossing the line 1.847s clear of his rival.
Norris’ Kaufmann team-mate Jehan Daruvala completed the podium, with the Indian racer finishing 7.349s off the win but less than half a second clear of Harrison Scott in the leading AVF machine.
Robert Shwartzman made it an excellent first race for Josef Kaufmann Racing by finishing fifth, ahead of Bruno Baptista of Fortec Motorsports, while AVF’s Henrique Chaves claimed seventh.
Wildcard entrant Nikita Troitskiy finished eighth on the road but is ineligible for points this weekend, meaning the trio Alexey Korneev (JD Motorsport), Ferdinand Habsburg (Fortec) and Dorian Boccolacci (Tech 1 Racing) all score points for the position ahead to where they finished on the road.
For Boccolacci it was a difficult opening race, with the Frenchman running third in the early stages of the race and challenging Norris before fading down the order as a problem developed on his Tech 1 Racing car.
It was not a good race overall for Tech 1 Racing, with both Sacha Fenestraz and Gabriel Aubry being forced to retire with mechanical issues, while Hugo de Sadeleer was an innocent victim of a crash between Alessandro Perullo and Rodrigo Pflucker.
Perullo’s Technorace car clipped the rear of Pflucker’s Cram Motorsport car and then, out of control, wiped out de Sadelleer, ending both their races, although Pflucker was able to continue.
Motorland Aragon Race 1 Result
|1||33||Max Defourny||BEL||R-Ace GP||27m16.334s|
|2||2||Lando Norris||GBR||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+1.847s|
|3||1||Jehan Daruvala||IND||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+7.349s|
|4||22||Harrison Scott||GBR||AVF by Adrian Valles||+7.724s|
|5||3||Robert Shwartzman||RUS||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+12.632s|
|6||6||Bruno Baptista||BRZ||Fortec Motorsports||+16.519s|
|7||21||Henrique Chaves||POR||AVF by Adrian Valles||+18.894s|
|8||7||Nikita Troitskiy||RUS||Fortec Motorsports||+20.268s|
|9||17||Alexey Korneev||RUS||JD Motorsport||+21.494s|
|10||62||Ferdinand Habsburg||AUT||Fortec Motorsports||+22.297s|
|11||9||Dorian Boccolacci||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||+24.056s|
|12||23||Nerses Isaakyan||RUS||AVF by Adrian Valles||+27.159s|
|13||14||Will Palmer||GBR||R-Ace GP||+27.479s|
|14||5||Vasily Romanov||RUS||Fortec Motorsports||+27.687s|
|15||16||Julien Falchero||FRA||R-Ace GP||+27.951s|
|16||30||Rodrigo Pflucker||PER||Cram Motorsport||+29.179s|
|17||18||James Allen||AUS||JD Motorsport||+31.379s|
|18||38||David Porcelli||USA||MGR Motorsport||+41.685s|
|19||42||Julia Pankiewicz||POL||AVF by Adrian Valles||+50.361s|
|20||31||David Richert||CAN||Cram Motorsport||+50.964s|
|RET||12||Gabriel Aubry||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||Retired|
|RET||10||Hugo de Sadeleer||SWI||Tech 1 Racing||Retired|
|RET||11||Sacha Fenestraz||SWI||Tech 1 Racing||Retired|