Nato inaugurates the Series In Spain, Norman Nato has become the very first winner of this new Series of the World Series by Renault. The weather conditions weren't as wished but he was able to keep his pace and finally imposed himself face to...
Nato inaugurates the Series
In Spain, Norman Nato has become the very first winner of this new Series of the World Series by Renault. The weather conditions weren't as wished but he was able to keep his pace and finally imposed himself face to the very performing Stoffel Vandoorne and Paul Lanchere who was able to skip difficulties and pick up the first podium of the season at the last minute.
Rain accompanied the 20 academicians to the starting grid. It is therefore with rain tyres that the drivers took off for their very first race of the F4 Eurocup 1.6. At the extinction of the lights, the pole man, Franck Matelli (Corsican Steering Wheel) skids and Norman Nato (Paca Steering Wheel) takes advantage and flies towards the head of the group.
Matelli tempts to keep up with the others but somehow seems to be in difficulty and therefore loses precious seconds. It is true that the track is very slippery and therefore very tricky... some are trapped, giving a few stylish figures and unfortunately for Alexandre Jouannem-Sivan (Nord-Picardie Steering Wheel), the race stops without even having completed a lap. It is now Stoffel Vandoorne (RACB Steering Wheel) who now has the mission of pursuing the leader to the detriment of Franck Matelli.
Norman Nato has gained a little advance but the Belgian driver is faster and soon comes within his trail. Behind them, Alexandre Mantovani (ACO-Auto Hebdo and Ile de France Steering Wheel) seems to be waiting for the slightest mistake of his predecessors. Pierre Sancinena (Normandie Steering Wheel) and Paul Lanchere (Centre Steering Wheel) are fighting for 5th position. The latter picks it up but for a short time as in the following lap, he points in 8th position, just behind the duo Paul-Loup Chatin (Poitou-Charentes Steering Wheel) and Mathieu Jaminet (Lorraine-Alsace Steering Wheel). Whereas Norman Nato and Stoffel Vandoorne race side by side, Matelli is further behind, fighting with Alexandre Mantovani who is ready to attack at the right moment.
Having left in 17th position, Giada De Zen tries to come back upfront little by little... the driver of Draco Drivers Development peeps through in 12th position for a time. As far as her colleague is concerned, Marie Baus-Coppens (Champagne-Ardenne Steering Wheel), does her best not to make any mistakes and manages to come up a few places as she goes on. After a few correct laps, things seem to get a little tougher. Alexandre Mantovani takes advantage on Franck Matelli in the 8th lap. They are side by side, touch each other, resist... Result, the two drivers finish in the gravel trap and only Matelli is able to get himself out.
Pierre Sancinena and Paul-Loup Chatin also have a slight battle just like Mathieu Jaminet and Paul Lanchere. Behind them, we have Jean-Baptiste Lahaye (Limousin Steering Wheel) and Nicolas De Moura (Auvergne Steering Wheel), who closed the top ten. Two laps away from the chequered flag, all cards have not yet been played on the table -- only Norman Nato is able to contain the swift Vandoorne. And finally, out all of them, it is Paul Lanchere who comes out best as he is now behind Franck Matelli. Under pressure, the latter is not able to contain his pursuant and leaves free access to Paul Lanchere.
Paul-Loup Chatin imposes himself and the Corsican Steering Wheel therefore finishes 5th in front of Mathieu Jaminet, Pierre Sancinena, Jean-Baptiste Lahaye, Sebastien Le Bras (Bretagne-Pays de la Loire Steering Wheel) and Tristan Papavoine (Bourgogne Franche-Comte Steering Wheel). The French-Swiss Maxime Raphoz (Rhône-Alpes Steering Wheel) and Nicolas De Moura finish in front of Giada De Zen.
Norman Nato: "First race in car, first victory... what better could I expect! The crucial moment was the departure, I negotiated it well and the result is there -- in spite of the poor weather conditions. I am very happy with this first victory."
Stoffel Vandoorne: "I took advantage of Franck Matelli's mistake and was able to pocket 2nd place. I was faster than Norman but was unable to overtake him!"
Paul Lanchere: "I left in 8th position and quite frankly, I never thought I would finish on the podium! That's why you must fight right to the end!"