Clos in a class of his own With his third consecutive win, Dani Clos (Jenzer Motorsport) went to the top of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 standings. The Catalan driver had no difficulty in holding onto the advantage afforded him by starting ...
Clos in a class of his own
With his third consecutive win, Dani Clos (Jenzer Motorsport) went to the top of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 standings. The Catalan driver had no difficulty in holding onto the advantage afforded him by starting from pole. Tom Dillmann (SG Formula) and Kasper Andersen (JD Motorsport) finished on the Eurocup podium for the first time.
Dani Clos got away to an excellent start from pole, unlike fellow front-row starter Tom Dillmann, who was quickly overtaken by Adrian Zaugg. But the South African's streak of bad luck continued here, as his name disappeared from the leaderboard before the end of lap one. He recovered later on in the race to take the point for the fastest race lap.
The first lap also saw the premature retirements of Salman Al Khalifa (Epsilon Euskadi) and Rahel Frey (Jenzer Motorsport).
With Zaugg's misfortune, Dillmann inherited second place ahead of Andersen, Alguersuari, Van der Drift, Piscopo, Albuquerque, Van Dam, Mustonen and Hartley, who then quickly lost his tenth position to Xavier Maasen.
On lap two, Tomi Limonen (Koiranen Bros) clashed with Walter Grubmuller (Team Jenzer) bringing the latter's race to an end. Jaime Alguersuari lost two places, as Chris Van der Drift (JD Motorsport) and Edoardo Piscopo (Cram Competition) moved past.
On lap five, it was Martin Plowman's (Prema Powerteam) turn to add his name to the list of race casualties after crashing off.
Meanwhile Dani Clos had built up a big lead over Tom Dillmann, who was being pushed by Kasper Andersen and Chris Van der Drift. Alguersuari then lost another place, this time to Albuquerque, who moved up into sixth.
Just past the halfway stage of the race, Edoardo Mortara span whilst engaged in a fierce fight with Brendon Hartley, but this did not affect the top 10. On the other hand, Bertrand Baguette moved up into the points when Xavier Maasen and Sebastien Buemi clashed. The Belgian gained another place when Atte Mustonen (Koiranen Bros) crashed off. The Eurocup leader was thus forced to retire for the first time this year. Marco Frezza (Team Jenzer) was the main beneficiary, taking 10th place.
Despite being pressurized by Carlo Van Dam on the last few corners, Jaime Alguersuari held on to seventh spot after a superb fight!
Dani Clos: "The weekend continues to go as well as it could. And yet we weren't in such good form yesterday. It was a good race, with a good start from pole position and a good car, which helped me to build up a lead."
Tom Dillmann: "This is my first podium finish in Formula Renault 2.0, so I'm clearly very pleased. I made a poor start. Zaugg overtook me, before he then made a mistake and I was able to move back ahead."
Kasper Andersen: "I have missed out a podium spot twice already this season, so I'm pleased to finally make it this time. We have been quick all season, but I have been a bit unlucky. I hope this signals a new start."