James Allen made the most of a jump-start from polesitter Sacha Fenestraz to claim his maiden Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup victory in the season finale at the Hockenheimring on Sunday.
The JD Motorsport driver jumped into the lead as Fenestraz crept forward before the lights went out before stopping again and getting delayed when the race did actually get going, with Allen also making it passed Bartomiej Mirecki, who started on the front row.
Fenestraz dropped to sixth as a result of his slow getaway but the obvious jump-start was punished with a drive-through penalty that put him well out of contention.
Allen pulled away from Mirecki, before both he and Alex Gill, who was running third in the early laps, found themselves caught and passed by Max Defourny, who then attempted to close down the almost four-second advantage of Allen over the remaining laps.
Lando Norris also found his way passed both drivers to complete the podium, with the series champion ending the year on a relative high on the lower step of the podium for Josef Kaufmann Racing.
Mirecki held onto fourth ahead of Gill, while Hugo de Sadeleer took advantage of a mistake from Tech 1 Racing team-mate Dorian Boccolacci that delayed Bruno Baptista to take sixth. Following his race two crash earlier in the day, Baptista was able to take seventh for Fortec Motorsports ahead of Boccolacci, while Jehan Daruvala and Julien Falchero completed the top ten.
The race ended behind the safety car when Will Palmer spun off into the gravel trap in the stadium complex, meaning Allen’s lead was not challenged despite Defourny being between three and four-tenths of a second faster every lap.
Hockenheimring Race 3 Result
|1||18||James Allen||AUS||JD Motorsport||27:30.693|
|2||33||Max Defourny||BEL||R-Ace GP||+0.345|
|3||2||Lando Norris||GBR||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+0.659|
|4||96||Bartlomiej Mirecki||POL||BM Racing Team||+1.209|
|5||27||Alex Gill||GBR||Mark Burdett Motorsport||+1.514|
|6||10||Hugo de Sadeleer||SWI||Tech 1 Racing||+1.589|
|7||6||Bruno Baptista||BRZ||Fortec Motorsports||+2.059|
|8||9||Dorian Boccolacci||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||+2.591|
|9||1||Jehan Daruvala||IND||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+3.143|
|10||16||Julien Falchero||FRA||R-Ace GP||+3.489|
|11||30||Aleksandr Vartanyan||RUS||Fortec Motorsports||+3.669|
|12||77||Laurents Horr||GER||Dutt Motorsport||+4.123|
|13||3||Robert Shwartzman||RUS||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+4.429|
|14||17||Aleksey Korneev||RUS||JD Motorsport||+5.005|
|15||24||Nerses Isaakyan||RUS||AVF by Adrian Valles||+5.403|
|16||11||Sacha Fenestraz||SWI||Tech 1 Racing||+5.724|
|17||28||Finlay Hutchinson||GBR||Mark Burdett Motorsport||+6.344|
|18||42||Julia Pankiewicz||POL||AVF by Adrian Valles||+6.796|
|19||12||Gabriel Aubry||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||+7.241|
|20||94||Philippe Haezebrouck||FRA||Inter Europol Competition||+8.117|
|RET||14||Will Palmer||GBR||R-Ace GP||Retired|
|DNS||21||Henrique Chaves||POR||AVF by Adrian Valles||Did Not Start|