Formula Regional European Championship

Isack Hadjar Unstoppable in Opening FRECA Encounter in Monaco

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Credit: Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine

Isack Hadjar converted his maiden Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine pole position into his maiden victory, with the Frenchman cruising to the win at the Circuit de Monaco on Saturday.

Hadjar had taken pole position for race one by topping his group in Qualifying on Friday, and once he navigated the start, he was able to pull a gap to his R-ace GP team-mate Zane Maloney to take the victory. 

Even a safety car intervention, caused by Nicola Marinangeli being spun around at the Nouvelle Chicane by Brad Benavides could not prevent Hadjar from dominating.  On the restart, Hadjar pulled away and eventually took the chequered flag 7.401 seconds clear of Maloney.  Incidentally, Benavides will drop three places on the grid for Sunday’s race for spinning Marinangeli.

Paul Aron denied R-ace GP a podium lock-out by holding off Hadrien David throughout the twenty-one-lap race, with the Prema Powerteam driver finishing less than half a second ahead of the Frenchman despite appearing not to have the same kind of pace as his rival.

Similarly, the battle for fifth place was also a close affair, with Patrik Pasma of KIC Motorsport holding off the challenge of Arden Motorsport’s Alex Quinn throughout the race.  Prema Powerteam’s David Vidales and Arden’s William Alatalo ended seventh and eighth, while the top ten was completed by Van Amersfoort Racing’s Mari Boya and ART Grand Prix’s Gabriele Mini.

Just missing out on points was Monolite Racing’s Pietro Delli Guanti in eleventh, with the Italian edging out KIC Motorsport’s Elias Seppänen, FA Racing’s Andrea Rosso and a whole host of other cars that finished almost nose to tail between eleventh and seventeenth.

Championship leader Grégoire Saucy had been running inside the points but a late moment heading into the first corner left him way down the field in twenty-second place at the chequered flag.  He will head into Sunday’s second race hopeful of turning around his Monaco fortunes.

Circuit de Monaco Race One Result

POS.NO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME/GAP
16Isack HadjarFRAR-ace GP32:56.410
222Zane MaloneyBARR-ace GP+7.401
31Paul AronESTPrema Powerteam+10.400
410Hadrien DavidFRAR-ace GP+10.863
55Patrik PasmaFINKIC Motorsport+13.385
621Alex QuinnGBRArden Motorsport+13.613
712David VidalesESPPrema Powerteam+17.151
88William AlataloFINArden Motorsport+17.700
964Mari BoyaESPVan Amersfoort Racing+18.428
1046Gabriele MiniITAART Grand Prix+18.791
1135Pietro Delli GuantiITAMonolite Racing+25.151
1258Elias SeppänenFINKIC Motorsport+27.235
1319Andrea RossoITAFA Racing+27.552
1427Kas HaverkortNEDMP Motorsport+28.037
1551Francesco PizziITAVan Amersfoort Racing+28.726
1623Thomas Ten BrinkeNEDART Grand Prix+29.139
1717Dino BeganovicSWEPrema Powerteam+29.373
1896Oliver GøtheDENMP Motorsport+31.040
197Axel GnosCHEG4 Racing+47.375
2015Léna BühlerCHER-ace GP+47.675
2155Alessandro FamularoVENG4 Racing+51.106
2226Grégoire SaucyCHEART Grand Prix+52.890
2385Gabriel BortoletoBRZDR Formula+56.698
2471Brad BenavidesUSADR Formula+1:08.939
NC91Eduardo BarrichelloBRZJD Motorsport+8 Laps
RET14Nicola MarinangeliITAArden MotorsportRetired
RET13Jasin FeratiCHEMonolite RacingRetired
RET62Lorenzo FluxáESPVan Amersfoort RacingRetired
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