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Formula Renault 2.0

DE VRIES WINS

DE VRIES WINS, TECH 1 RACING TAKE TEAM TITLE

Nyck de Vries (Koiranen GP) enjoyed a Saturday to remember at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Starting in pole after beating the lap record, the Dutchman was in dominant form as he won the first Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race of the weekend. Finishing behind him were title rivals Oliver Rowland (Manor MP Motorsport) and Pierre Gasly (Tech 1 Racing), with the Frenchman seeing his championship lead trimmed to eight points. Meanwhile, Tech 1 Racing picked up the points they needed to seal the team title.

Nyck de Vries began the day by seizing his first pole in the category, the McLaren Young Driver Development Programme member heading the grid from the leading trio in the championship standings: Pierre Gasly, Oliver Rowland and Esteban Ocon (ART Junior Team).

The polesitter held on to his lead when the lights went out, with Oliver Rowland catching Pierre Gasly off guard to jump into second behind him. Shunted on to the grass by Esteban Ocon, Oscar Tunjo (Josef Kaufmann Racing) lost nine places, while a three-way collision on lap one meant early retirements for Ukyo Sasahara (Euronova), Yu Kanamaru (KTR) and Roman Beregech (RC Formula).

The leader maintained a fierce pace, posting one fastest lap after another. To his rear Oliver Rowland gradually extended his advantage over Pierre Gasly, while the battles raged in the pack behind them.

Untroubled out front, Nyck de Vries eased over the line to score his second win of the year from Oliver Rowland and Pierre Gasly. The fourth man home, Esteban Ocon picked up a ten-second penalty for his manoeuvre at the start and dropped down to seventh behind Egor Orudzhev (Tech 1 Racing), who got past Andrea Pizzitola (ART Junior Team) on lap 12, and Ignazio D’Agosto (KTR). Oscar Tunjo, Kevin Jorg (Jenzer Motorsport) and Victor Franzoni (Koiranen GP) were the other drivers to make the top ten.

Thanks to the points scored by Gasly and Orudzhev, Tech 1 Racing clinched a second team crown to go with the one they won in their first year in the category in 2010.

What they said

Nyck de Vries: “I’m thrilled at winning one of the last races of the season, especially as they’re the ones people tend to remember more. We didn’t get off to the best start this weekend, but our teamwork paid off with the pole and the win.”

Oliver Rowland: “We saw last year that anything can happen. We managed to limit the damage thanks to one of my best starts, but we have a lot of work ahead of us tonight to find the performance levels we need to win.”

Pierre Gasly: “The goal is to maintain my advantage. I made a bad start and I wasn’t going to try and do the impossible. It was difficult to stay close on the fast turns. It’s an important third place for me and it’s up to us to go and get pole tomorrow.”

FORMULA RENAULT 2.0

MAIDEN VICTORY FOR IGNAZIO D’AGOSTO

MAIDEN VICTORY FOR IGNAZIO D’AGOSTO-

Ignazio D’Agosto (KTR) claimed his maiden Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 victory today at the Red Bull Ring. The Italian placed ahead of William Vermont (ARTA Engineering) and Ed Jones (Fortec Motorsports). Poleman Alexander Albon (KTR) led for the entire race and crossed the line first, but was stripped of the victory for having earlier jumped the start.

On Friday, Alexander Albon took his first pole position in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. The Thai driver was fastest in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring with a time of 1:30.920. William Vermont and Ignazio D’Agosto lined up on the grid in second and third respectively. Pierre Gasly (Tech 1 Racing) started on the fifth row, having been penalised for rejoining the track dangerously at Moscow. Alongside him was championship leader Oliver Rowland (Manor MP Motorsport).

At the start, Alexander Albon held his advantage from pole. In a lively chasing pack, Aurélien Panis (Prema Powerteam) retired on lap one, while Ed Jones passed Oscar Tunjo (Josef Kaufmann Racing). On lap five, Ignazio D’Agosto overtook William Vermont to move up to second. Alexander Albon, meanwhile, received a ten-second penalty for jumping the start of the race. From there, it was effectively a race against the clock for the KTR driver.

Albon pushed hard, but in doing so made a mistake four laps from the end. This prevented him from building a big enough gap to retain the race lead. And although he crossed the line in first place, his team-mate, Ignazio D’Agosto, was awarded the victory. The Italian, who also finished on the podium at Moscow Raceway, was followed by William Vermont and Ed Jones. Jake Dennis (Fortec Motorsports) came fourth after successfully holding off the challenge of Oliver Rowland, who was fifth. It was a similar story for Steijn Schothorst (Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Pierre Gasly, who finished sixth and seventh respectively. Oscar Tunjo, Jack Aitken (Fortec Motorsports) and Alexander Albon completed the top 10.

What they said

Ignazio D’Agosto: “Alex was in front of us and he deserved the victory, but his mistake can’t be undone. I’m very happy with this result, which rewards all the work I’ve done on the track with my team, and with my dad at home. It’s very hard to get to the top in this category. Since Moscow, the car has really improved and we’re competitive. A big thank-you must go to my engineer.”

William Vermont: “I got away to a good start but made a mistake a few laps later, which allowed Ignazio to pass me. My aim was to win, but KTR had great pace.”

Ed Jones: “I really love this circuit. I remember it from winter testing, and its long straights make it one of my favourite tracks. We found a good rhythm yesterday but we struggled a bit in qualifying. In the end, though, we’ve come out of it well.”

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 – provisional championship standings: 1. O. Rowland 94; 2. P. Gasly 84; 3. E. Ocon 71; 4. J. Dennis 64; 5. M. Vaxivière 57 […]