Norris and Defourny share Assen NEC victories

Lando Norris - Credit: Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency / LAT Photographic

Lando Norris and Max Defourny each took a victory as their great 2016 battle raged on at Assen, round five of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup.

Norris controlled Saturday’s opening race from pole position, pulling clear of the battle ensuing behind, with the Josef Kaufmann Racing driver winning the sixteen-lap race by 4.388 seconds.

Fellow front row starter Jehan Daruvala did not get a good start, falling to fourth behind Dorian Boccolacci and Defourny, but the Indian ace was able to reclaim the podium spot when Defourny made a mistake, with the Belgian also dropping behind Sacha Fenestraz.

Boccolacci secured second for Tech 1 Racing ahead of Daruvala, Fenestraz and Defourny, with the quartet separated by 1.793 seconds at the chequered flag.

Nikita Troitskiy finished sixth on the road, but a five-second penalty for a jump start relegated the Fortec Motorsports driver to tenth, which promoted team-mate Ferdinand Habsburg to sixth ahead of Josef Kaufmann Racing’s Robert Shwartzman, with Bruno Baptista and Hugo de Sadeleer also getting in front of Troitskiy.

Max Defourny - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd
Max Defourny – Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Norris was on course to claim his second victory of the weekend after another great start on Sunday, but found himself under attack from Defourny after the Belgian had found his way passed Daruvala on lap seven.

Defourny was in great form as the R-ace GP driver harried Norris until making a move for the lead into the chicane on the penultimate lap to take the honours, eventually winning by 1.696 seconds, with the rest of the pack over seven seconds back.

Daruvala held on to claim his second podium of the weekend ahead of Boccolacci and Fenestraz, the top five of the first race repeating the trick in the second event, although in a different order.

After missing out on points in race one, Will Palmer took sixth for R-ace GP ahead of Shwartzman and Habsburg, with Alex Gill of Mark Burdett Motorsport ninth ahead of Troitskiy.

Assen Race 1 Result

12Lando NorrisGBRJosef Kaufmann Racing25:45.800
29Dorian BoccolacciFRATech 1 Racing+4.388
31Jehan DaruvalaINDJosef Kaufmann Racing+5.193
411Sacha FenestrazSWITech 1 Racing+5.801
533Max DefournyBELR-Ace GP+6.181
662Ferdinand HabsburgAUTFortec Motorsports+11.594
73Robert ShwartzmanRUSJosef Kaufmann Racing+12.242
86Bruno BaptistaBRZFortec Motorsports+12.803
910Hugo de SadeleerSWITech 1 Racing+13.740
107Nikita TroitskiyRUSFortec Motorsports+15.154
1114Will PalmerGBRR-Ace GP+15.324
1227Alex GillGBRMark Burdett Motorsport+17.069
135Vasily RomanovRUSFortec Motorsports+20.719
1477Laurents HorrGERDutt Motorsport+32.000
1596Bartlomiej MireckiPOLBM Racing Team+32.385
1624Nerses IsaakyanRUSAVF by Adrian Valles+38.803
1718James AllenAUSJD Motorsport+41.149
1835Ghislain CordeelBELJD Motorsport+42.072
1928Finlay HutchinsonGBRMark Burdett Motorsport+49.843
2032Kasper LarsenDENKEO Racing+53.051
2142Julia PankiewiczPOLAVF by Adrian Valles+55.766
2240Antoni PtakPOLCram Motorsport+1 Lap
2394Philippe HaezebrouckFRAFormula Motorsport+1 Lap
RET21Henrique ChavesPORAVF by Adrian VallesRetired
DNS16Julien FalcheroFRAR-Ace GPDid Not Start

Assen Race 2 Result

133Max DefournyBELR-Ace GP25:37.572
22Lando NorrisGBRJosef Kaufmann Racing+1.696
31Jehan DaruvalaINDJosef Kaufmann Racing+7.880
49Dorian BoccolacciFRATech 1 Racing+8.173
511Sacha FenestrazSWITech 1 Racing+9.404
614Will PalmerGBRR-Ace GP+9.721
73Robert ShwartzmanRUSJosef Kaufmann Racing+14.287
862Ferdinand HabsburgAUTFortec Motorsports+15.046
927Alex GillGBRMark Burdett Motorsport+17.091
107Nikita TroitskiyRUSFortec Motorsports+17.600
1118James AllenAUSJD Motorsport+17.682
1210Hugo de SadeleerSWITech 1 Racing+23.378
1340Antoni PtakPOLCram Motorsport+24.164
1421Henrique ChavesPORAVF by Adrian Valles+31.552
156Bruno BaptistaBRZFortec Motorsports+32.068
1616Julien FalcheroFRAR-Ace GP+32.777
1724Nerses IsaakyanRUSAVF by Adrian Valles+39.005
1877Laurents HorrGERDutt Motorsport+40.522
1996Bartlomiej MireckiPOLBM Racing Team+42.476
2032Kasper LarsenDENKEO Racing+49.714
2142Julia PankiewiczPOLAVF by Adrian Valles+54.146
2228Finlay HutchinsonGBRMark Burdett Motorsport+59.271
2335Ghislain CordeelBELJD Motorsport+1:24.762
2494Philippe HaezebrouckFRAFormula Motorsport+1 Lap
RET5Vasily RomanovRUSFortec MotorsportsRetired