Franco Colapinto led from start to finish in the second Red Bull Ring race of the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine weekend, but the Argentine racer lost the victory post-race following a time penalty.
Penalties were the name of the game after Sunday’s race, with sixteen drivers being handed time penalties, the majority for track limit offences, something that has become a regular occurrence at the Red Bull Ring for many racing categories.
Colapinto had taken pole position for MP Motorsport for a second consecutive day, and held on to the lead at the start, while the safety car was required on lap one, as it had been on Saturday. This time it was as a result of a collision between R-ace GP’s Hadrien David and G4 Racing’s Michael Belov at turn one.
The restart saw Colapinto continue to lead until the chequered flag in a relatively clean race, while championship leader Grégoire Saucy took second place for ART Grand Prix to extend his advantage at the top of the standings.
After an impressive display on Saturday, Gabriel Bortoleto continued his strong Red Bull Ring weekend with his maiden FRECA podium in third for FA Racing, while Zane Maloney held off the challenge of R-ace GP team-mate Isack Hadjar to take fourth.
A good opening few laps from twelfth on the grid gave Prema Powerteam’s Dino Beganovic sixth at the chequered flag, ahead of Monolite Racing’s Pietro Delli Guanti, who took his first points of the season in seventh.
Arden Motorsport duo William Alatalo and Alex Quinn ended eighth and ninth, with Prema’s David Vidales ended tenth after coming out on top of a battle with ART Grand Prix’s Gabriele Mini.
However, the race result was about to be turned on its head with a host of penalties being handed out, with Colapinto taking a ten-second penalty to relegate him to fourth, promoting Saucy to the win, his eighth of the season.
Bortoleto now inherits second, with Maloney third, while of the original top ten finishes, Hadjar, Beganovic, Alatalo, Quinn and Mini were all handed penalties. Delli Guanti moves up from seventh to fifth, with Hadjar now classified sixth.
Vidales moves up to seventh, while Quinn moves up from ninth to eighth despite taking a five-second penalty. This is because both Beganovic and Alatalo were handed additional ten second penalties for overtaking under yellow flags that moved them both well down the order.
Francesco Pizzi, who originally finished thirteenth, now moves up to ninth for Van Amersfoort Racing, while Patrik Pasma, who ended seventeenth on the road, now takes the final point in tenth for ART Grand Prix.
Nico Göhler, Axel Gnos and Nicola Marinangeli all took five second penalties, while Mini, Mari Boya, Tommy Smith, Ido Cohen, Edoardo Barrichello and Oliver Gøthe were handed ten-second penalties.
The combined fifteen-second penalties for Beganovic and Alatalo relegated them to eleventh and fifteenth respectively, while KIC Motorsport’s Gianluca Petecof took the biggest penalty of all, with the Brazilian earning himself a twenty-five second penalty, as was FA Racing’s Andrea Rosso.
Saucy now has a seventy-seven-point advantage over David at the top of the Drivers’ Championship heading into the eighth round of the season, which will take place at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, at the end of September.
Red Bull Ring Race 2 Result
|1||26||Grégoire Saucy||CHE||ART Grand Prix||32:05.984|
|2||85||Gabriel Bortoleto||BRZ||FA Racing||+2.959|
|3||22||Zane Maloney||BAR||R-ace GP||+5.991|
|4||43||Franco Colapinto||ARG||MP Motorsport||+8.943|
|5||35||Pietro Delli Guanti||ITA||Monolite Racing||+10.015|
|6||6||Isack Hadjar||FRA||R-ace GP||+11.774|
|7||12||David Vidales||ESP||Prema Powerteam||+11.874|
|8||21||Alex Quinn||GBR||Arden Motorsport||+16.251|
|9||51||Francesco Pizzi||ITA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+18.262|
|10||5||Patrik Pasma||FIN||ART Grand Prix||+22.201|
|11||17||Dino Beganovic||SWE||Prema Powerteam||+23.076|
|12||46||Gabriele Mini||ITA||ART Grand Prix||+23.772|
|13||1||Paul Aron||EST||Prema Powerteam||+24.118|
|14||64||Mari Boya||ESP||Van Amersfoort Racing||+25.058|
|15||8||William Alatalo||FIN||Arden Motorsport||+25.971|
|16||62||Lorenzo Fluxá||ESP||Van Amersfoort Racing||+26.437|
|17||58||Elias Seppänen||FIN||KIC Motorsport||+28.991|
|18||96||Oliver Gøthe||DEN||MP Motorsport||+29.787|
|19||33||Ido Cohen||ISR||JD Motorsport||+30.719|
|20||99||José Garfias||MEX||Monolite Racing||+37.805|
|21||14||Nicola Marinangeli||ITA||Arden Motorsport||+37.832|
|22||2||Nico Göhler||GER||KIC Motorsport||+39.223|
|23||41||Emidio Pesce||ITA||DR Formula||+40.211|
|24||7||Axel Gnos||CHE||G4 Racing||+41.128|
|25||91||Eduardo Barrichello||BRZ||JD Motorsport||+45.789|
|26||15||Léna Bühler||CHE||R-ace GP||+46.243|
|27||16||Tommy Smith||AUS||JD Motorsport||+46.326|
|28||11||Gianluca Petecof||BRZ||KIC Motorsport||+46.889|
|29||19||Andrea Rosso||ITA||FA Racing||+47.517|
|RET||27||Kas Haverkort||NED||MP Motorsport||Retired|
|RET||9||Alexandre Bardinon||FRA||FA Racing||Retired|
|RET||30||Michael Belov||RUS||G4 Racing||Retired|
|RET||10||Hadrien David||FRA||R-ace GP||Retired|