Aragon Eurocup: Defourny controls first race of season

Belgian racer Max Defourny held off British prodigy Lando Norris to triumph in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season opener at Motorland Aragon.

Aragon Eurocup: Defourny controls first race of season

Starting from pole, Defourny led Norris into Turn 1, but was under serious pressure from the reigning MSA Formula and Toyota Racing Series champion over the opening laps.

However, Defourny, who had spent 2015 in FR2.0 NEC, soon weathered the storm, easing to the chequered flag to secure the win in what was his eighth Eurocup start.

As Defourny escaped his grasp, Norris had to focus on the advances of former Lotus F1 junior Dorian Boccolacci behind him, only for the Tech 1 driver to drop off and be passed by Norris' teammate Jehan Daruvala.

The Josef Kaufmann Racing duo would go on to complete the podium behind Defourny, with Boccolacci losing pace dramatically and eventually dropping out of the top 10.

As such, fourth place was inherited by Harrison Scott and fifth went to Robert Shwartzman, who had passed Bruno Baptista.

Henrique Chaves was seventh, ahead of the Russian duo of Nikita Troitskiy and Alexey Korneev and tenth-placed Ferdinand Habsburg.

French rookie Gabriel Aubry was on course for a debut top-five finish when he stopped in the closing stages of the race - and the same fate had befallen his fellow French F4 graduate Sacha Fenestraz earlier.

The only other retirements of the race were Alex Perullo and Hugo de Sadeleer, the former hitting the latter at a high speed in Turn 13 after an unsuccessful attempt to pass Rodrigo Pflucker.

Race 1 results:

 Pos Driver TeamTime/Gap 
 Max Defourny R-ace GP 27'16.334 
 Lando Norris Josef Kaufmann Racing 1.847
 Jehan Daruvala Josef Kaufmann Racing 7.349
 Harrison Scott AVF by Adrian Valles 7.724
 Robert Shwartzman Josef Kaufmann Racing 12.632
 Bruno Baptista Fortec Motorsports 16.519
 Henrique Chaves Jr. AVF by Adrian Valles 18.894
 Nikita Troitskiy Fortec Motorsports 20.268
 Alexey Korneev JD Motorsport 21.494
10   Ferdinand Habsburg Fortec Motorsports 22.297
11   Dorian Boccolacci Tech 1 Racing 24.056
12   Nerses Isaakyan AVF by Adrian Valles 27.159
13   Will Palmer R-ace GP 27.479
14   Vasily Romanov Fortec Motorsports 27.687
15   Julien Falchero R-ace GP 27.951
16   Rodrigo Pflucker Cram Motorsport 29.179
17   James Allen JD Motorsport 31.379
18   David Porcelli MGR Motorsport 41.685
19   Julia Pankiewicz AVF by Adrian Valles 50.361
20   David Richert Cram Motorsport 50.964
Ret  Gabriel Aubry Tech 1 Racing  
Ret  Hugo de Sadeleer Tech 1 Racing  
Ret  Alex Perullo Technorace  
Ret  Sacha Fenestraz Tech 1 racing  

 

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