World Series Lights Vergani Formula's Milos Pavlovic made the perfect start to the season in the World Series Lights by claiming dominant victories in both races at Jarama this weekend. Pavlovic made the most of his pole position to take...
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Vergani Formula's Milos Pavlovic made the perfect start to the season in the World Series Lights by claiming dominant victories in both races at Jarama this weekend.
Pavlovic made the most of his pole position to take a lights-to-flag win in race one. Championship rookie Juan Antonio del Pino kept the Yugoslav in check in the early stages, but could not quite match the pace of the Vergani Formula driver.
Towards the end of the 17-lap race, when Pavlovic was slowed while lapping the backmarkers, del Pino (RC Motorsport) briefly closed to within five seconds of the leader. But Pavlovic responded with a stunning series of fastest laps to ensure his season started in perfect fashion.
Pavlovic said: "I wanted to win this race and I did. The car was perfect and I think we had the best combination of team and driver this weekend."
Pavlovic's Italian team-mate, Matteo Pellegrino, held a comfortable third, although a mistake midway through the race caused him to slip into the clutches of fourth-placed Mateo Cemcetti. But a he responded by lapping faster than anyone bar Pavlovic to secure a podium finish.
Cemcetti was denied fourth place on his series debut by Meycom Sport's Celso Miguez late on. Sixth place went to another new driver to the championship, Simon Abadie (Epsilon Sport).
The race one result was repeated in race two, with Pavlovic coming home just 1.2s ahead of del Pino, although this did not reflect the scale of his advantage. The race start was delayed when Christian Cano's Meycom Sport car failed on the grid.
As a result just 10 cars took the start, but when Pavlovic crossed the line four seconds up on the rest after the first lap, it was a one-car race. He continued to stretch his lead by over a second a lap until his team-mate Giovanni Tedeschi fell foul of the conditions and spun his car into the gravel.
The Safety Car was deployed while his machine was moved, which allowed the pack to close in on Pavlovic. This was great news for del Pino, who had gone off on lap two, dropping to the back of the pack. He had charged back to fourth, but was too far back to make further progress. Now, however, he could pick off Mathieu Lahaye and Celso Miquez ahead of his, but despite setting fasting lap, he could not prevent Pavlovic from celebrating his second win of the weekend.
Promising young Spanish racer Marco Barba underlined his pre-season status as favourite for the Formula Junior championship by winning both races at Jarama. Race one was a stroll for the Escuela Lois Circuit driver, who led every lap of the race with team-mate Artur Llobell playing the perfect supporting role in second.
Race two was a different affair all together. Heavy overnight snow left the track treacherously slippery. Barba made a great start to lead from pole, but the man on the move was HST Racing's Javier Fernandez, who battled his way up from sixth on the grid to eventually pass Barba for the lead.
Unfortunately no sooner had he done this then his car started to develop a problem that forced back into the midfield. This left Barba to claim another with, with Llobell once again taking the runner-up slot.