Defourny strikes first to take maiden Eurocup victory

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

133Max DefournyBELR-Ace GP27m16.334s
22Lando NorrisGBRJosef Kaufmann Racing+1.847s
31Jehan DaruvalaINDJosef Kaufmann Racing+7.349s
422Harrison ScottGBRAVF by Adrian Valles+7.724s
53Robert ShwartzmanRUSJosef Kaufmann Racing+12.632s
66Bruno BaptistaBRZFortec Motorsports+16.519s
721Henrique ChavesPORAVF by Adrian Valles+18.894s
87Nikita TroitskiyRUSFortec Motorsports+20.268s
917Alexey KorneevRUSJD Motorsport+21.494s
1062Ferdinand HabsburgAUTFortec Motorsports+22.297s
119Dorian BoccolacciFRATech 1 Racing+24.056s
1223Nerses IsaakyanRUSAVF by Adrian Valles+27.159s
1314Will PalmerGBRR-Ace GP+27.479s
145Vasily RomanovRUSFortec Motorsports+27.687s
1516Julien FalcheroFRAR-Ace GP+27.951s
1630Rodrigo PfluckerPERCram Motorsport+29.179s
1718James AllenAUSJD Motorsport+31.379s
1838David PorcelliUSAMGR Motorsport+41.685s
1942Julia PankiewiczPOLAVF by Adrian Valles+50.361s
2031David RichertCANCram Motorsport+50.964s
RET12Gabriel AubryFRATech 1 RacingRetired
RET10Hugo de SadeleerSWITech 1 RacingRetired
RET35Alessandro PerulloITATechnoraceRetired
RET11Sacha FenestrazSWITech 1 RacingRetired