Monaco: Series race report

Turvey's new kingdom Pole-sitter Olivier Turvey (Carlin Motorsport) claims his first win in Formula Renault 3.5 Series in the curtain-raiser to the 67th Formula One Grand Prix at Monaco. The British driver takes the win ahead of Adrian Zaugg ...

Turvey's new kingdom

Pole-sitter Olivier Turvey (Carlin Motorsport) claims his first win in Formula Renault 3.5 Series in the curtain-raiser to the 67th Formula One Grand Prix at Monaco. The British driver takes the win ahead of Adrian Zaugg (Interwetten.com Racing) and James Walker (P1 Motorsport).

TOn a glorious sunny morning in the Principality of Monaco, Oliver Turvey got off to the perfect start and led into Sainte Devote. Just behind him, Adrian Zaugg snatched second place away from James Walker from the start. In the main field, Mihai Marinescu (Interwetten.com Racing) and Daniil Move (P1 Motorsport) crashed together, forcing the safety car out. Behind the safety car, the race order was Oliver Turvey, Adrian Zaugg, James Walker, Marcos Martinez, Miguel Molina (Ultimate Motorsport), Bertrand Baguette (International Draco Racing), Pasquale DiSabatino (RC Motorsport), Jaime Alguersuari (Carlin Motorsport), Chris Van der Drift (Epsilon Euskadi) and Adrian Valles (Epsilon Euskadi).

Turvey held on to his lead at the restart and the pattern of the race gradually took shape. Oliver Turvey, Adrian Zaugg and James Walker pulled away from the field. In fourth, Marcos Martinez led a chasing group consisting of Miguel Molina, Bertrand Baguette, Pasquale DiSabatino and Jaime Alguersuari. Marcos Martinez, leader in the overall standings, was forced to retire in the 8th lap, due to a brake fluid leak, leaving the coast clear for Molina, Baguette, DiSabationo and Alguersuari, who upped the pace to catch up with the three leaders. A further incident saw Italian driver Italien Pasquale DiSabatino stop with an electrical fault. Jaime Alguersuari took over his 6th position.

Up front, Oliver Turvey managed his lead perfectly. The British driver set the gap with Adrian Zaugg at one second, while James Walker and Miguel Molina fell back slightly. In fifth place, Bertrand Baguette had to fight off a comeback from Jaime Alguersuari. The Spaniard had Chris Van der Drift, Adrian Valles and Charles Pic hot on his heels. There were no further changes before the chequered flag.

So Oliver Turvey claimed his first win in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series on the prestigious Monaco circuit. The Carlin Motorsport driver was joined on the podium by Adrian Zaugg and James Walker. For Walker, this means useful points in the bag for his championship campaign ambitions. He moves up to third in the overall Formula Renault 3.5 Series standings, five points behind Bertrand Baguette and nine points behind Marcos Martinez.

Oliver Turvey: "This is the first time I've driven here. I couldn't think of a better place to get my first win! I got a good start, and from then on I knew the win was possible. I didn't focus too much on the others, I concentrated on avoiding making the slightest error. The first win is always the hardest to get. It's good to have done it pretty early in the season. This will stand me in good stead."

Adrian Zaugg: "The start was all important, as is often the case at Monaco. Everything went well. I let Oliver Turvey know that I was there, but he didn't make the slightest error. I really needed this podium finish to get my season going."

James Walker: "The race strategy was simple - if I didn't manage to get ahead at the start, the name of the game was to finish and be in the points. That's what I did. When I saw Marcos Martinez stopped on the giant screen, I made sure of my third place. Now my goal is to take control of the Championship in Hungary and to get to drive the F1 at Silverstone!"

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers James Walker , Adrian Valles , Marcos Martinez , Bertrand Baguette , Adrian Zaugg , Oliver Turvey , Miguel Molina , Mihai Marinescu , Charles Pic , Jaime Alguersuari
Teams Carlin