Fenestraz ends year on a high with Estoril victory

Sacha Fenestraz - Credit: Clement Luck / DPPI

Sacha Fenestraz secured his second victory of the season as the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship came to a conclusion on Sunday.

The French-Argentine driver converted his pole position into victory to end the season on a high, with a pre-race shower making wet weather tyres a near certain choice of starting tyre, with only Will Palmer taking the gamble on dry tyres.

The only challenge for Fenestraz came at the start, when a fast starting Henrique Chaves made a move into the first corner that did not come off, and from there on in the Tech 1 Racing driver was unchallenged.

Portuguese Chaves ran second early for AVF by Adrian Vallés in front of his home fans, but soon found himself shuffled down behind both Max Defourny and Lando Norris, and ultimately finished fifth when Dorian Boccolacci also found his way passed.

Defourny and Norris resumed their battle that has raged for much of the season and that came to blows during Saturday’s opening race when they tangled racing for the win, and it was Norris who got the best of the R-ace GP driver this time around.

Such was the pace advantage of Norris, the Josef Kaufmann Racing driver managed to open up a 4.359 second advantage over Defourny in the closing laps, while also managing to eat into Fenestraz’s lead, ultimately ending 1.964 seconds behind.

Robert Shwartzman ended his season with a sixth place finish, with the SMP Racing-backed Josef Kaufmann Racing driver ending on Chaves’ tail at the chequered flag, while Hugo de Sadeleer got the better of Harrison Scott to take seventh.

Bruno Baptista also came out on top of a great battle for the lower points places, the Fortec Motorsports driver edging out Marcus Armstrong with just a couple of laps remaining to come out on top of a tussle that also involved Jehan Daruvala, Julien Falchero, James Allen and Ferdinand Habsburg.

Palmer’s gamble on dry tyres did not come off, as he finished last on the road, with the race one winner only finding the pace in the closing couple of laps in a race that also saw him take a trip through the gravel trap at the end of the back straight.

Estoril Race 2 Result

111Sacha FenestrazSWITech 1 Racing27:25.170
22Lando NorrisGBRJosef Kaufmann Racing+1.964
333Max DefournyBELR-Ace GP+6.323
49Dorian BoccolacciFRATech 1 Racing+11.319
521Henrique ChavesPORAVF by Adrian Valles+15.598
63Robert ShwartzmanRUSJosef Kaufmann Racing+15.997
710Hugo de SadeleerSWITech 1 Racing+21.657
822Harrison ScottGBRAVF by Adrian Valles+24.058
96Bruno BaptistaBRZFortec Motorsports+30.975
1047Marcus ArmstrongNZLR-Ace GP+31.995
111Jehan DaruvalaINDJosef Kaufmann Racing+32.438
1216Julien FalcheroFRAR-Ace GP+32.850
1318James AllenAUSJD Motorsport+33.635
1462Ferdinand HabsburgAUTFortec Motorsports+34.330
1512Gabriel AubryFRATech 1 Racing+35.104
167Nikita TroitskiyRUSFortec Motorsports+38.190
175Aleksandr VartanyanRUSFortec Motorsports+40.571
1848Alexander PeroniAUSTS Corse+43.026
1917Alexey KorneevRUSJD Motorsport+43.363
2049Frank BirdGBRFortec Motorsports+43.813
2145Guislain CordeelBELGMMA Formula Racing+44.905
2214Will PalmerGBRR-Ace GP+1:45.536