Lundgaard Takes Eurocup Championship Lead with Race 2 Victory in Hungary

by Paul Hensby
Christian Lundgaard - MP Motorsport - Hungaroring

Christian Lundgaard enjoyed a good day in the rain at the Hungaroring on Sunday as he clinched his second Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series victory of the season to take the lead in the championship standings.

The MP Motorsport driver had earlier qualified on pole position for the fourteenth round of the season, and with the track completely wet for the start, he was able to convert that into a comfortable lead heading into turn one.

Thereafter, Lundgaard was in total control of proceedings, pulling clear of R-ace GP’s Max Fewtrell, who appeared not to have an answer to the pace of his fellow Renault Sport Academy rival.

The battle for the final podium spot was far more intense however, with five drivers fighting for position for much of the race.  Alex Peroni made a good start to jump up to third, but with small damage to his front wing, he could not shake off the attention of Logan Sargeant, Oscar Piastri, Aleksandr Smolyar and Lorenzo Colombo.

JD Motorsport’s Colombo managed to make his way passed all four of his rivals to claim the final spot on the podium, with his move on Peroni particularly impressive as he swept around the outside of the MP Motorsport driver at the final turn.

Sargeant spun exiting turn four to drop to the back of the group, while Piastri also managed to work his way around Peroni to claim fourth, the Arden Motorsport driver repeating the trick that Colombo had pulled off a few laps before at the final turn.

The safety car was then deployed when Thomas Neubauer crashed his Tech 1 Racing machine exiting turn four, the same point that Sargeant had earlier spun, but whereas the R-ace GP driver was able to continue and finish seventh, the Tech 1 Racing ace hit the wall, his second crash in as many days after an early crash in race one on Saturday.  The race ran out of time before the safety car could exit the track, allowing Lundgaard, Fewtrell and Colombo to finish on the podium.

Behind Sargeant was Fortec MotorsportsArthur Rougier in eighth and R-ace GP’s Victor Martins in ninth, while the final place inside the top ten went the way of Moroccan youngster Sami Taoufik of Arden Motorsport, who claimed his first point in the championship.

Pre-race championship leader and race one winner Yifei Ye suffered a bad start to his second race and dropped outside the points, and could only move back up to eleventh before the chequered flag fell, ensuring Lundgaard left Hungary as the new championship leader by eight points.

In the battle of the three Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup entries, victory went the way for the second day in a row to Anders Motorsport’s Doureid Ghattas, who claimed nineteenth overall, ahead of R-ace GP’s Gabriel Gandulia, with Anders Motorsport’s Phil Hill completing the podium in third.

There were a few spins during the race in the tricky conditions, including for Thomas Maxwell, Freek Schothorst and Neil Verhagen, but only Neubauer, Raul Guzman and Christian Munoz failed to see the chequered flag, the latter two seemingly with mechanical issues.

Hungaroring Race 2 Result

131Christian LundgaardDENMP Motorsport34:03.425
21Max FewtrellGBRR-ace GP+0.451
361Lorenzo ColomboITAJD Motorsport+1.087
441Oscar PiastriAUSArden Motorsport+1.511
532Alex PeroniAUSMP Motorsport+2.102
622Alexander SmolyarRUSTech 1 Racing+2.568
72Logan SargeantUSAR-ace GP+3.383
887Arthur RougierFRAFortec Motorsports+3.980
94Victor MartinsFRAR-ace GP+4.322
1043Sami TaoufikMORArden Motorsport+5.239
1116Yifei YeCHNJosef Kaufmann Racing+5.634
123Charles MilesiFRAR-ace GP+6.542
1324Frank BirdGBRTech 1 Racing+7.512
1421Neil VerhagenUSATech 1 Racing+9.918
1551Axel MatusMEXAVF by Adrian Valles+11.021
1684Vladimir TziortzisRUSFortec Motorsports+11.565
1742Nikita VolegovRUSArden Motorsport+12.415
1863Najiy RazakMYSJD Motorsport+13.083
1991Doureis GhattasGERAnders Motorsport+13.584
205Gabriel GanduliaARGR-ace GP+16.430
2153Eliseo MartinezESPAVF by Adrian Valles+17.098
2211Clement NovalakGBRJosef Kaufmann Racing+17.312
2390Phil HillGERAnders Motorsport+17.979
2433Freek SchothorstNEDMP Motorsport+18.744
2562Thomas MaxwellAUSJD Motorsport+19.083
RET23Thomas NeubauerFRATech 1 RacingRetired
RET85Raul GuzmanMEXFortec MotorsportsRetired
RET54Christian MunozCOLAVF by Adrian VallesRetired

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