Portimao: Series race two report

Alguersuari all the way! After a successful F1 debut, Carlin Motorsport's Jaime Alguersuari has tasted victory with his first Formula Renault 3.5 Series win. Starting from pole position, the Catalan driver finished ahead of Tech 1...

Alguersuari all the way!

After a successful F1 debut, Carlin Motorsport's Jaime Alguersuari has tasted victory with his first Formula Renault 3.5 Series win. Starting from pole position, the Catalan driver finished ahead of Tech 1 Racing's Charles Pic and KMP Group/SG Formula's Guillaume Moreau. This win moves him into third place in the championship, 36 points behind leader, Internaitonal Draco Racing's Bertrand Baguette.

Jaime Alguersuari was in pole position for the second race in front of France's Charles Pic. Weakened by a cold, the Frenchman got the better start and finished the first lap ahead of Alguersuari and Moreau, who got the better of Carlin Motorsport's Oliver Turvey at the end of the pit-straight. Pic, who went wide in the second lap, allowed Alguersuari to get the better of him. The Catalan took control of the race, while Pic had to hold off Moreau, Turvey, Baguette and Epsilon Euskadi's Dani Clos. Clos managed to overtake Baguette on the third lap to steal fifth place. While all this was happening, Pons Racing's Marcos Martinez made a mistake and put his car out of the race. But everything was going well for championship leader Bertrand Baguette. After a running wide at the start of the race he was making steady progress, overtaking Dani Clos and Oliver Turvey to claim fourth place. As solid as ever, Alguersuari set one fastest lap after another, building up his lead over Charles Pic to more than five seconds by the halfway mark. In third, Moreau was one second behind Pic. Things were altogether less clear in the fight for fifth place as Dani Clos and Ulitmate Motorport's Miguel Molina were neck and neck. Ten minutes from the finish, the security car put in an appearance after a collision between Comtec Racing's Jon Lancaster and KMP Group/SG Formula's Anton Nebylitsky.

The Russian was unable to avoid the British driver, who had lost control, spinning his car. The race resumed for two more laps. Charles Pic had clawed back Alguersuari's lead at the restart. But the Spaniard took a great line on the exit to the turn 1 and reclaimed first place. Behind them Molina was having a field day, overtaking Clos and Baguette to move up to fourth place. Alguersuari claimed his first Formula Renault 3.5 Series win in front of Pic and Moreau. Moreau, meanwhile, gave KMP Group/SG Formula their first podium finish in the class. Finishing fifth, Baguette nevertheless had a good overall result for the weekend, leaving Portugal with a 31 point lead over P1 Motorsport's James Walker and 36 points over Jaime Alguersuari, now third in the points.

Quote, unquote:

Jaime Alguersuari: "The race was very tight. Charles Pic overtook me at the start, then the Safety Car came out. In the end I got the upper hand. The car was really good today, we've really made progress. FR 3.5 Series allows me to gain experience I need, particularly for F1."

Charles Pic: "I've not been well since Wednesday and with such hot weather, the two haven't been easy for me. The last few laps were very difficult, both this morning and this afternoon. So I'm very happy with this result. Jaime was just to fast for me today, it makes sense that he won."

Guillaume Moreau: "It's a very good result for the team. It's not easy to win a Championship that's already started. We've worked hard, the team is learning with each race and today our effort paid off. It's very encouraging for the future."

-credit: wsr

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers James Walker , Marcos Martinez , Bertrand Baguette , Guillaume Moreau , Oliver Turvey , Miguel Molina , Dani Clos , Charles Pic , Jaime Alguersuari , Jon Lancaster
Teams Carlin