Formula Renault 2.0

Norris, Daruvala share NEC Hungaroring victories

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Jehan Daruvala - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Josef Kaufmann Racing dominated the Hungaroring weekend of the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC with both Lando Norris and Jehan Daruvala taking victories.

Norris had secured a double pole position for the two races around the Hungarian circuit, and then led convincingly in race one to win his second NEC race in succession, having triumphed in the second race at Silverstone in May.

The Briton had to survive a safety car period that eroded his six second lead, which was caused by R-ace GP driver Julien Falchero retiring from the race, with his car requiring to be retrieved from trackside.

On the restart, Norris pulled away again to finish 2.4 seconds ahead of Fortec Motorsport’s Vasily Romanov, while another Fortec driver, Ferdinand Habsburg, continued his strong run of form across three championships to claim the final podium spot.

BM Racing Team’s Polish racer Bartlomiej Mirecki surprised many by finishing fourth, ahead of Josef Kaufmann Racing’s Robert Shwartzman, while British driver Alex Gill was sixth for Mark Burdett Motorsport.

Alexey Korneev was seventh for JD Motorsport ahead of AVF’s Henrique Chaves, while R-ace GP’s Will Palmer and Max Defourny, the latter having a surprisingly quiet weekend after a spin in qualifying, completing the top ten.

Nikita Troitskiy had been running second in the early stages of the race, but the third Fortec Motorsports driver was handed a drive-through penalty after being adjudged to have jumped the start, with the Russian finishing fourteenth as a result.

There were also penalties handed to Tech 1 Racing trio Dorian Boccolacci, Sacha Fenestraz and Hugo de Sadeleer after each drove an additional lap through the pit lane on the way to the grid, which was against the regulations of the championship.

Norris had led away from the second start as well, but retired early with mechanical issues, allowing team-mate Daruvala to claim his first victory of the season and move to the head of the championship standings as a result.

Daruvala finished 1.427 seconds clear of team-mate Shwartzman, who claimed his first series podium finish, while the podium again was completed by the on-form Habsburg.

De Sadeleer claimed his best finish of the season in fourth ahead of team-mate Fenestraz, while Mirecki claimed another strong performance in sixth, leading a quartet of finishes separated by 1.411 seconds.

Mirecki finished ahead of Defourny, Boccolacci and Korneev, while Chaves completed the top ten, albeit more than fifteen seconds back on the battle ahead.

Hungaroring Race 1 Result

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Hungaroring Race 2 Result

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