A "real" first for Van der Drift Chris Van der Drift (JD Motorsport) took his first win in Misano after Dani Clos was disqualified. But here in Donington, the New Zealander has done it for real, dominating Filipe Albuquerque and Sebastien Buemi,...
A "real" first for Van der Drift
Chris Van der Drift (JD Motorsport) took his first win in Misano after Dani Clos was disqualified. But here in Donington, the New Zealander has done it for real, dominating Filipe Albuquerque and Sebastien Buemi, the two Motopark Academy drivers, in the process.
Seven drivers were penalized for not having slowed down for one or more yellow flags in qualifying. Federico Muggia, Duarte da Costa, Rahel Frey and Henkie Waldschmidt all had their best times disallowed, while Dani Clos and Edoardo Piscopo were sent to the back of the grid and Olivier Campos was disqualified from the meeting.
The start was something really spectacular with Bertrand Baguette (Epsilon Euskadi) bundled onto the grass in no uncertain terms. But then surprisingly everyone made it through the first bend without incident. Pippa Mann (Comtec Racing), however, was unable to complete lap one after a collision with Edoardo Mortara (Prema Power Team).
Then, in the early stages of lap two, it was Carlo Van Dam (SG Formula) who was shunted off.
Meanwhile, Chris Van der Drift (JD Motorsport) was keeping close tabs on Filipe Albuquerque and Sebastien Buemi (Motopark Academy). After Van Dam quit the race, Mustonen inherited fourth place ahead of Xavier Maasen and Kasper Andersen (JD Motorsport).
As is now almost customary, the RedBull drivers were involved in an intense "internal" battle: this time, it was Brendon Hartley (Motorsport Arena) and Oliver Oakes (Cram Competition) who were involved in a coming-together.
On lap six, Bertrand Baguette grabbed sixth place, slotting in between Maasen and Andersen. At this stage of the race, Van der Drift had a lead of more than a second over his rivals.
Further back, however, Albuquerque, Buemi, Mustonen, Maasen, Baguette and Andersen were all separated by only the slightest of gaps. Tom Dillmann (SG Formula) and Walter GrÃ¼bmuller (Twincam Motorsport) were the other two in the top ten, but a good bit further back!
Lap twelve was packed with incident: Xavier Maasen and Atte Mustonen both got it all wrong letting Baguette, Andersen, Dillman and GrÃ¼bmuller through to fight it out for the honours!
Rahel Frey (Jenzer Motorsport) scored her first Eurocup points by finishing ninth, ahead of Atte Mustonen and Dani Clos, who had made a superb comeback from the back of the grid!
Chris Van der Drift: "It's been a perfect weekend so far. The car has been quick here from the moment the tyres hit the ground. This win is a great reward for the team and is a very good result in terms of the Championship standings."
Filipe Albuquerque: "The start was difficult but I came through it OK. Then I realized that Chris was just too quick and I decided to secure second place. The result is also a good one for me as it puts me up into second in the overall standings."
Sebastien Buemi: "I got off to a good start and managed to get past Bertrand Baguette. The performance of the car dropped off towards the end of the race, but it's a good result for me and the team to get two drivers on the podium."