Megane: Estoril race one summary

Badey wins incredible race Ludovic Badey (Pouchelon Racing) took his second consecutive win after an action-packed race full of suspense, certainly the most exciting race since the start of the season! Second, Junior Marc Benz (Iris ...

Badey wins incredible race

Ludovic Badey (Pouchelon Racing) took his second consecutive win after an action-packed race full of suspense, certainly the most exciting race since the start of the season! Second, Junior Marc Benz (Iris Racing) produced his best result of the season, ahead of Jan Heylen (Racing for Belgium).

Three drivers had to start from the Pit lane after not making it onto the start grid in time: Mike Parisy, Pierre Hirschi (Gemo Sport) and Jeffrey Van Hooydonk (Thierry Boutsen Racing).

Renaud Derlot got off to the best start with Ludovic Badey right behind him. However, Marc Benz and Miguel Freitas overtook the two leaders on braking at the very first corner! But the manoeuvre proved to be a little too ambitious and ended up with Freitas in the gravel trap.

The first lap was absolute chaos and saw, in particular, a clash between Simon Abadie and Sébastien Dhouailly. Ludovic Badey picked up the pace and completed the first lap in the lead, ahead of Derlot, Campaniço, Benz and Gianniberti.

The safety car was then brought out to allow the stewards to clear the track of the accident-damaged cars. Pascal Ballay (Energy Racing), involved in one the clashes, limped back into the pits, forced to abandon the race. After starting on the second-to-last row of the grid, Frédéric Gabillon was already up to 11th place after taking full advantage of the chaos of the first lap!

The safety car moved aside to allow the restart after four laps. The second start was just as hectic as the first, with Badey this time who took an unexpected detour into the gravel trap! Angel Burgueño, who was lying in sixth, also span off and ended up stuck in the hoardings. Derlot then took over control of the race in front of Campaniço, Benz, Badey and Gianniberti. Despite running through the sand, Pedro Petiz managed to hold onto sixth position.

Ludovic Badey had still not had his final say on proceedings. The man from Lyon set the fastest race lap and looked on as Benz fought with Campaniço. Gabillon continued his fine performance in 6th place after eight laps. Andreas Mayerl (Senn Motorsport), who had been in 9th place, had to give way to successive attacks from Renaud Kuppens (Thierry Boutsen Racing) and Miguel Freitas.

With only three laps left, there was nothing between the first four drivers. Badey was the first to go on the attack: he moved past Benz thanks to some superb braking! The leaders started to come up on the backmarkers, a situation which promised for an exciting climax.

Derlot and Campaniço then threw it all away when they clashed: Badey, Benz, Heylen, Gianniberti and Gabillon all went past the two leaders! Ludovic Badey ended up with the win, an outcome which looked far from likely after the restart!

Ludovic Badey: "I had some dirt on my tyres on the restart and I ended up making a mess of my braking. After that the car was good but I was convinced that Derlot and Campaniço were going to hang on."

Marc Benz: "This podium finish is confirmation of the progress we've made since the start of the season. So many things happened out there today on the track, but it's a superb result."

Jan Heylen: "There really is not much you can say about this race. It's still a good result in terms of the championship as Derlot picked up few points. I am confident about tomorrow, but I would like to win another race before taking the title."

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Thierry Boutsen , Jan Heylen , Renaud Derlot , Ludovic Badey , Sebastien Dhouailly , Simon Abadie , Renaud Kuppens , Miguel Freitas , Marc Benz , Pedro Petiz , Andreas Mayerl , Pascal Ballay , Angel Burgueño , Pierre Hirschi , Mike Parisy