Shwartzman takes the win, Norris takes the title

Robert Shwartzman - Credit: Alexandre Guillaumot / DPPI

Robert Shwartzman took his second victory of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup season at the Hockenheimring, but Lando Norris did enough to clinch the title with a race to spare.

Shwartzman led away from pole position and withstood the near race-long pressure from Max Defourny to add to his victory taken last time out at the Nurburgring, with the Josef Kaufmann Racing driver ending 0.586 seconds clear of the R-ace GP driver at the chequered flag.

Hugo de Sadeleer had moved up to third at the start but lost out to Tech 1 Racing team-mate Sacha Fenestraz for the final step on the podium, with the Swiss racer also falling behind Josef Kaufmann Racing’s Norris, with the fourth place finish enough for him to take the title.

It means Norris has now taken both Formula Renault 2.0 championships available in 2016, with the NEC title adding to the Eurocup title he won last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.

Alex Gill finished sixth for Mark Burdett Motorsport ahead of Bartlomiej Mirecki around eight seconds further back in seventh, with Alexey Korneev, Gabriel Aubry and Aleksandr Vartanyan finishing on the Pole’s tail and completing the top ten ahead of James Allen.

Bruno Baptista suffered a big crash on the final lap when the Fortec Motorsports driver collided with Laurents Horr and hitting the wall, leaving his team with a lot of work to do before the final race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon.

Hockenheimring Race 2 Result

13Robert ShwartzmanRUSJosef Kaufmann Racing26:27.620
233Max DefournyBELR-Ace GP+0.586
311Sacha FenestrazSWITech 1 Racing+5.897
42Lando NorrisGBRJosef Kaufmann Racing+7.764
510Hugo de SadeleerSWITech 1 Racing+8.898
627Alex GillGBRMark Burdett Motorsport+10.796
796Bartlomiej MireckiPOLBM Racing Team+18.530
817Aleksey KorneevRUSJD Motorsport+19.089
912Gabriel AubryFRATech 1 Racing+19.682
1030Aleksandr VartanyanRUSFortec Motorsports+20.258
1118James AllenAUSJD Motorsport+20.501
1214Will PalmerGBRR-Ace GP+23.527
131Jehan DaruvalaINDJosef Kaufmann Racing+28.574
1477Laurents HorrGERDutt Motorsport+32.965
1521Henrique ChavesPORAVF by Adrian Valles+33.166
1616Julien FalcheroFRAR-Ace GP+33.600
1724Nerses IsaakyanRUSAVF by Adrian Valles+33.943
1828Finlay HutchinsonGBRMark Burdett Motorsport+44.754
1942Julia PankiewiczPOLAVF by Adrian Valles+57.286
2094Philippe HaezebrouckFRAInter Europol Competition+1:37.486
RET6Bruno BaptistaBRZFortec MotorsportsRetired
RET9Dorian BoccolacciFRATech 1 RacingRetired