A big step closer to the title Bertrand Baguette is now within a whisker of the title thanks to his third win this season, at Nurburgring today. The Belgian finished ahead of Mofaz Fortec Motorsport's Fairuz Fauzy and P1 Motorsport's...
A big step closer to the title
Bertrand Baguette is now within a whisker of the title thanks to his third win this season, at Nurburgring today. The Belgian finished ahead of Mofaz Fortec Motorsport's Fairuz Fauzy and P1 Motorsport's Daniil Move, who found himself on the podium for the first time this season. He can rest easy tonight with his 42 point lead over Carlin Motorsport's Jaime Alguersuari.
Daniil Move made the most of the reverse grid, occupying pole position in the first Formula Renault 3.5 Series race at Nurburgring, sharing the front row with Bertrand Baguette. The first incident occurred even before the race was under way, when the car of Interwetten.com Racing's Salvador Duran broke down and was forced to retire.
Daniil Move and Jon Lancaster got off to a flying start, taking the lead and Bertrand Baguette went straight into third place at the entry to turn one. The Belgian positioned himself perfectly before moving up into second. Behind him were Comtec Racing's Jon Lancaster, Carlin Motorsport's Oliver Tuyrvey and Jaime Alguersuari in hot pursuit. At the start of the second lap, Pons Racing's Marcos Martinez and Federico Leo, and Prema Powerteam's Filip Salaquarda collided. Leo managed to get free, but the safety car was called out.
Daniil Move managed to hold onto his lead at the restart, but Baguette and Lancaster had clearly decided to do anything they could do get past him as quickly as possible. Turvey, Alguersuari and Fauruz made the most of it to catch up with the trio of lead drivers. The first five laps continued bumper to bumper.
The ninth lap proved decisive as Bertand Baguette saw his chance and overtook Daniil Move to claim the lead. Lancaster tried to take advantage, but at the end of the day, the Briton had to contain Oliver Turvey. At the same moment, Fairuz Fauzy overtook Alguersuari. Baguette was now the race leader and started to make the brake while Daniil Move did everything he could to hold off Lancaster, Turvey, Fauzy, Alguesuari and James Walker.
Fauzy shook things up in the chasing pack when he passed IOliver Turvey. In 4th, the Malaysian sprinted past and was immediately all over Jon Lancaster and Daniil Move. Lancaster new he was under pressure from Fauzy who went all out and climbed into second place. Jon Lancaster was awarded a 10-second penalty after the race as a result of a dangerous driving.
The title was nearly decided by the 15th lap of the race as Bertrand Baguette saw his closest rival, Walker, stopped in the middle of the track. On lap 17 Fauzy, who was driving a brilliant race, saw his chance and snatched third place, which he would see moved up to second place at the finish. Baguette was the winner for the third time this season, this time ahead of Fauzy and Move. The Belgian now moves even closer to the title, which could be his at the end of the second race. He can sleep soundly tonight with a 42 point lead over Carlin Motorsport's Jaime Alguersuari, the new second-place driver. All bets may be off!
Bertrand Baguette: "It's a great result. To win a race which could bring you the championship is always exciting. It wasn't easy early in the race as I made a pretty bad start. I managed to take second, then after the safety car I went after Daniil to claim the lead. Then I started building on it, and drove to a clear win."
Fairuz Fauzy: "I made a good comeback. After the safety car, I managed to pass the competition one by one. We were fast and we did a good job."
Daniil Move: "I am pleased with my first podium finish. I'd like to thank my team as they've got us back racing again in just 12 days. We started again from scratch. I've been hoping for this podium finish for a longtime and I'd like to dedicate it to my best friend who died five years ago."