Will Palmer jumped into the lead at the start and was virtually untroubled thereafter to clinch victory in race two of the weekend at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on Sunday.
The R-ace GP racer moved ahead of polesitter Gabriel Aubry into turn one and despite a brief attack from the Tech 1 Racing driver was able to hold on to take his second career Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series victory and his first of 2017.
Aubry looked set to finish second but an optimistic move by race one winner Robert Shwartzman at Rettifilo eliminated them both out of the race, leaving the final podium positions to be filled by Sacha Fenestraz and Max Defourny.
The early stages of the race were run behind the safety car after a crash on lap two between Alex Peroni and Henrique Chaves at Curva Grande, but even this did not put Palmer out of his stride as he went on to win by 3.058 seconds.
Fenestraz and Defourny enjoyed a tough but fair battle for what was fourth and fifth straight after the resumption, with the Frenchman coming out on top to take his second runners-up spot of the weekend for Josef Kaufmann Racing, while Defourny claimed his first podium with third for R-ace GP.
The rest of the top ten was completed by rookie drivers, with Red Bull Junior Neil Verhagen taking fourth for MP Motorsport after a late pass on Tech 1 Racing’s Thomas Maxwell, who had earlier had a clash of wheels with Fenestraz as they battled into the Roggia chicane, luckily without damage to either car.
Yifei Ye finished on Maxwell’s tail in sixth ahead of Richard Verschoor, while Max Fewtrell, Aleksandr Vartanyan and Raul Guzman completed the top ten and the points scorers.
Autodromo Nazionale Monza Race 2 Result
|1||8||Will Palmer||GBR||R-ace GP||13 Laps|
|2||11||Sacha Fenestraz||FRA||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+3.058s|
|3||9||Max Defourny||BEL||R-ace GP||+3.202s|
|4||31||Neil Verhagen||USA||MP Motorsport||+8.609s|
|5||5||Thomas Maxwell||AUS||Tech 1 Racing||+8.797s|
|6||1||Yifei Ye||CHN||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+8.867s|
|7||29||Richard Verschoor||NED||MP Motorsport||+9.113s|
|8||7||Max Fewtrell||GBR||Tech 1 Racing||+11.002s|
|9||23||Aleksandr Vartanyan||RUS||JD Motorsport||+11.465s|
|10||12||Raul Guzman||MEX||R-ace GP||+11.629s|
|11||6||Thomas Neubauer||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||+19.147s|
|12||16||Gregoire Saucy||SWI||AVF by Adrian Valles||+21.929s|
|13||15||Axel Matus||MEX||AVF by Adrian Valles||+22.206s|
|14||18||Aleksey Korneev||RUS||Fortec Motorsports||+22.566s|
|15||25||Julia Pankiewicz||POL||Mark Burdett Motorsport||+23.657s|
|16||21||Sun Yueyang||CHN||JD Motorsport||+24.288s|
|17||19||Frank Bird||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||+25.341s|
|18||20||Najiy Ayyad bin Abd Razak||MAL||Fortec Motorsports||+27.397s|
|19||22||Jean Baptiste Simmenauer||FRA||JD Motorsport||+28.423s|
|20||93||Zane Goddard||AUS||Arden Motorsport||+33.883s|
|21||30||Jarno Opmeer||NED||MP Motorsport||+1:26.945s|
|22/RET||4||Gabriel Aubry||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||+3 Laps|
|23/RET||10||Robert Shwartzman||RUS||R-ace GP||+3 Laps|
|RET||2||Luis Leeds||AUS||Josef Kaufmann Racing||Retired|
|RET||14||Rodrigo Pflucker||PER||AVF by Adrian Valles||Retired|
|RET||17||Alex Peroni||AUS||Fortec Motorsports||Retired|
|RET||13||Henrique Chaves||POR||AVF by Adrian Valles||Retired|
|RET||34||Ghislain Cordeel||BEL||Arden Motorsport||Retired|
|RET||33||Daniel Ticktum||GBR||Arden Motorsport||Retired|
|RET||26||Presley Martono||INO||Mark Burdett Motorsport||Retired|