Formula Regional European Championship

Saucy Inherits Race Two Victory in Austria after Colapinto Penalty, Fifteen Other Drivers Penalised

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Credit: Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine

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

126Grégoire SaucyCHEART Grand Prix32:05.984
285Gabriel BortoletoBRZFA Racing+2.959
322Zane MaloneyBARR-ace GP+5.991
443Franco ColapintoARGMP Motorsport+8.943
535Pietro Delli GuantiITAMonolite Racing+10.015
66Isack HadjarFRAR-ace GP+11.774
712David VidalesESPPrema Powerteam+11.874
821Alex QuinnGBRArden Motorsport+16.251
951Francesco PizziITAVan Amersfoort Racing+18.262
105Patrik PasmaFINART Grand Prix+22.201
1117Dino BeganovicSWEPrema Powerteam+23.076
1246Gabriele MiniITAART Grand Prix+23.772
131Paul AronESTPrema Powerteam+24.118
1464Mari BoyaESPVan Amersfoort Racing+25.058
158William AlataloFINArden Motorsport+25.971
1662Lorenzo FluxáESPVan Amersfoort Racing+26.437
1758Elias SeppänenFINKIC Motorsport+28.991
1896Oliver GøtheDENMP Motorsport+29.787
1933Ido CohenISRJD Motorsport+30.719
2099José Garfias MEXMonolite Racing+37.805
2114Nicola MarinangeliITAArden Motorsport+37.832
222Nico GöhlerGERKIC Motorsport+39.223
2341Emidio PesceITADR Formula+40.211
247Axel GnosCHEG4 Racing+41.128
2591Eduardo BarrichelloBRZJD Motorsport+45.789
2615Léna BühlerCHER-ace GP+46.243
2716Tommy SmithAUSJD Motorsport+46.326
2811Gianluca PetecofBRZKIC Motorsport+46.889
2919Andrea RossoITAFA Racing+47.517
RET27Kas HaverkortNEDMP MotorsportRetired
RET9Alexandre BardinonFRAFA RacingRetired
RET30Michael BelovRUSG4 RacingRetired
RET10Hadrien DavidFRAR-ace GPRetired
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