Shwartzman denies Norris to secure maiden triumph

Robert Schwartzman - Credit: Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency / LAT Photographic

Robert Shwartzman gave himself a belated birthday present by taking his maiden Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup victory in Saturday’s opening race at the Nurburgring.

The SMP Racing-backed Russian, who turned seventeen on Friday, got the jump on Josef Kaufmann Racing team-mate Lando Norris into the first turn after making a superior start, and despite pressure from the championship leader, Shwartzman was able to hold on, clinching victory by 0.432 seconds.

The race was affected early by a safety car, with Nerses Isaakyan finding himself stranded at Dunlop-Kehre on the opening lap, with the first lap being a bad lap for the AVF by Adrian Vallés team, with both Isaakyan and Julia Pankiewicz retiring.

When the safety car left the track, Shwartzman held off the challenge of Norris until the chequered flag despite the Briton being on the Russian’s tail for much of the afternoon.

Max Defourny rounded out the podium for R-ace GP, shadowing Shwartzman and Norris duo throughout but at no point being close enough to challenge, with the Belgian denying Josef Kaufmann Racing a podium lock-out, with Jehan Daruvala finishing fourth.

Dorian Boccolacci finished fifth for Tech 1 Racing ahead of team-mate Sacha Fenestraz, who will be disappointed to fall to sixth after a sluggish getaway after starting third on the grid.

Alex Gill finished seventh for Mark Burdett Motorsport after getting the better of Hugo de Sadeleer of Tech 1 Racing, while Fortec Motorsports duo Bruno Baptista and Ferdinand Habsburg completed the top ten.

Nurburgring Race 1 Result

13Robert ShwartzmanRUSJosef Kaufmann Racing13 Laps
22Lando NorrisGBRJosef Kaufmann Racing+0.432
333Max DefournyBELR-Ace GP+2.204
41Jehan DaruvalaINDJosef Kaufmann Racing+3.918
59Dorian BoccolacciFRATech 1 Racing+7.371
611Sacha FenestrazSWITech 1 Racing+7.857
727Alex GillGBRMark Burdett Motorsport+10.712
810Hugo de SadeleerSWITech 1 Racing+11.856
96Bruno BaptistaBRZFortec Motorsports+14.330
1062Ferdinand HabsburgAUTFortec Motorsports+14.920
1116Julien FalcheroFRAR-Ace GP+17.892
1296Bartlomiej MireckiPOLBM Racing Team+19.317
1312Gabriel AubryFRATech 1 Racing+19.716
1418James AllenAUSJD Motorsport+20.292
1515Marcus ArmstrongAUSR-Ace GP+24.342
1621Henrique ChavesPORAVF by Adrian Valles+26.684
1717Aleksey KorneevRUSJD Motorsport+26.998
187Nikita TroitskiyRUSFortec Motorsports+27.436
1977Laurents HorrGERDutt Motorsport+37.863
2030Aleksandr VartanyanRUSFortec Motorsports+54.994
2128Finlay HutchinsonGBRMark Burdett Motorsport+57.806
2232Kasper LarsenDENKEO Racing+3 Laps
RET24Nerses IsaakyanRUSAVF by Adrian VallesRetired
RET42Julia PankiewiczPOLAVF by Adrian VallesRetired