Will Palmer withstood the pressure from Sacha Fenestraz to win the opening Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship race of the weekend around the streets of Monaco on Saturday.
Starting from pole position, Palmer kept the lead at the start, which was remarkably clean with twenty-eight cars on the grid, and then controlled the pace at the front until the chequered flag to win, with the R-ace GP driver regaining the lead in the Drivers’ Championship as a result.
Despite appearing to have more pace in the initial stages of the race, Fenestraz could not find a way passed his rival, with the Josef Kaufmann Racing driver finishing 1.644 seconds behind Palmer for his fourth second place of 2017.
Max Defourny completed the podium, also for R-ace GP after finally finding a way passed team-mate Robert Shwartzman on the penultimate lap on the way up the hill to Massenet. The two had battled hard for the whole race but after applying pressure, the Belgian finally dispatched the Russian, and showed that he had been held up by Shwartzman by setting the fastest lap on the final lap.
Richard Verschoor was the first rookie home in fifth for MP Motorsport, with the Red Bull Junior having made a good start to jump Arden Motorsport’s Daniel Ticktum into the first corner, with the Briton being forced to settle for sixth as a result, just ahead of Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Peroni and Tech 1 Racing’s Gabriel Aubry.
Alexey Korneev was ninth for Fortec Motorsports, while JD Motorsport’s Aleksandr Vartanyan completed the top ten at the end of the eighteen-lap race.
There were a couple of incidents further down the pack, with Presley Martano hitting the barriers at St. Devote, with Thomas Neubauer doing the same at La Rascasse, while Frank Bird was also an early retiree.
Axel Matus had a spin at St. Devote but was able to keep his AVF by Adrian Vallés car out of the barriers, and was able to resume, albeit at the back of the field, although he finished ahead of Thomas Maxwell, who was forced to make an unscheduled trip to the pit lane for a new front wing.
Monaco Race 1 Result
|1||8||Will Palmer||GBR||R-ace GP||27:51.860s|
|2||11||Sacha Fenestraz||FRA||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+1.644s|
|3||9||Max Defourny||BEL||R-ace GP||+2.658s|
|4||10||Robert Shwartzman||RUS||R-ace GP||+4.053s|
|5||29||Richard Verschoor||NED||MP Motorsport||+6.419s|
|6||33||Daniel Ticktum||GBR||Arden Motorsport||+9.444s|
|7||17||Alex Peroni||AUS||Fortec Motorsports||+11.273s|
|8||4||Gabriel Aubry||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||+11.990s|
|9||18||Aleksey Korneev||RUS||Fortec Motorsports||+18.464s|
|10||23||Aleksandr Vartanyan||RUS||JD Motorsport||+19.220s|
|11||1||Yifei Ye||CHN||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+22.780s|
|12||31||Neil Verhagen||USA||MP Motorsport||+24.350s|
|13||30||Jarno Opmeer||NED||MP Motorsport||+25.102s|
|14||2||Luis Leeds||AUS||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+33.011s|
|15||14||Rodrigo Pflucker||PER||AVF by Adrian Valles||+33.710s|
|16||7||Max Fewtrell||GBR||Tech 1 Racing||+34.255s|
|17||13||Henrique Chaves||POR||AVF by Adrian Valles||+34.851s|
|18||93||Zane Goddard||AUS||Arden Motorsport||+35.299s|
|19||12||Raul Guzman||MEX||R-ace GP||+36.522s|
|20||16||Gregoire Saucy||SWI||AVF by Adrian Valles||+54.393s|
|21||34||Ghislain Cordeel||BEL||Arden Motorsport||+59.037s|
|22||22||Jean Baptiste Simmenauer||FRA||JD Motorsport||+1:02.013s|
|23||21||Sun Yue Yang||CHN||JD Motorsport||+1:03.362s|
|24||15||Axel Matus||MEX||AVF by Adrian Valles||+1:18.037s|
|25||5||Thomas Maxwell||AUS||Tech 1 Racing||+1 Lap|
|RET||26||Presley Martono||INO||Mark Burdett Motorsport||Retired|
|RET||6||Thomas Neubauer||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||Retired|
|RET||19||Frank Bird||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||Retired|