Norris untouchable in supreme Paul Ricard showcase

Lando Norris - Credit: Marc de Mattia / DPPI

Lando Norris was in sublime form once again as he led from lights out to the chequered flag in race two of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 event at Paul Ricard on Sunday.

Having started from pole position, the Josef Kaufmann Racing driver retained the lead at the start despite the close attention of Max Defourny at turn one, and was never troubled thereafter as he steadily pulled away.

Norris ultimately clinched victory at the end of the thirteen lap race by 4.050 from Defourny, who was forced to battle hard with Dorian Boccolacci throughout the race, with the duo switching places twice on the opening lap, with the Tech 1 Racing driver trailing the R-ace GP driver by 0.300 at the chequered flag.

Gabriel Aubry claimed his best finish of the season so far as he took fourth, also for Tech 1 Racing, ahead of team-mate Sacha Fenestraz and Fortec MotorsportsFerdinand Habsburg, with both Fenestraz and Habsburg having moved ahead of Jehan Daruvala of Josef Kaufmann Racing at the start.

Daruvala managed to clinch seventh ahead of the final Tech 1 Racing entry of Hugo de Sadeleer, but Harrison Scott will be kicking himself after finishing ninth, having been running in a comfortable fourth place for AVF by Adrian Vallés only to spin and lose ground with just a handful of laps remaining.

Race 1 podium finisher Will Palmer completed the top ten for R-ace GP after an enjoyable battle with Robert Shwartzman.

But no one was on Norris’ level, as he clinched the rookie championship with four races to spare, and now is eyeing the main title as he sits 29.5 points ahead of Defourny with only the double headers at Spa-Francorchamps and Estoril to come.

Paul Ricard Race 2 Result

12Lando NorrisGBRJosef Kaufmann Racing27:19.257
233Max DefournyBELR-Ace GP+4.050
39Dorian BoccolacciFRATech 1 Racing+4.350
412Gabriel AubryFRATech 1 Racing+7.149
511Sacha FenestrazSWITech 1 Racing+8.362
662Ferdinand HabsburgAUTFortec Motorsports+8.842
71Jehan DaruvalaINDJosef Kaufmann Racing+9.521
810Hugo de SadeleerSWITech 1 Racing+11.889
922Harrison ScottGBRAVF by Adrian Valles+12.580
1014Will PalmerGBRR-Ace GP+12.999
113Robert ShwartzmanRUSJosef Kaufmann Racing+13.822
1216Julien FalcheroFRAR-Ace GP+16.137
1317Alexey KorneevRUSJD Motorsport+17.997
146Bruno BaptistaBRZFortec Motorsports+20.157
1518James AllenAUSJD Motorsport+24.217
167Nikita TroitskiyRUSFortec Motorsports+24.850
1721Henrique ChavesPORAVF by Adrian Valles+26.960
1845Ghislain CordeelBELGMMA Formula Racing+29.410
1931Antoni PtakPOLCram Motorsport+33.873
2046Finlay HutchisonGBRJD Motorsport+39.449
2135Alessandro PerulloITATechnorace+1 Lap