Arzeno does the double Mathieu Arzeno (Epsilon Sport) was again irrepressible at the Magny-Cours circuit today as he notched up his second Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race win. Tobias Hegewald (Motorsport Arena) took second place, his...
Arzeno does the double
Mathieu Arzeno (Epsilon Sport) was again irrepressible at the Magny-Cours circuit today as he notched up his second Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race win. Tobias Hegewald (Motorsport Arena) took second place, his first podium finish of the season. Brendon Hartley (Epsilon Red Bull) came in third, consolidating his championship lead.
There were still extensive wet patches of track in evidence when the Formula Renault 2.0 cars lined up on the starting grid. Brendon Hartley got off to a flyer, speeding past Mathieu Arzeno. Charles Pic (SG Formula) was left stranded on the grid, but the other drivers all managed to avoid him.
Behind the front two, a ferocious battle raged between Jon Lancaster (SG Formula), Fabio Leimer (Jenzer Motorsport), Tobias Hegewald, Franck Kechele (Motopark Academy) and Jaime Alguersuari (Red Bull Epsilon). As a result, the two leaders were immediately able to open up a gap between themselves and the chasing pack.
At the end of lap 2, Arzeno stole past Hartley to take the lead. Jon Lancaster, too, took his opportunity to pass the New-Zealander, while Hegewald moved up into fourth ahead of Alguersuari, Leimer, Kechele and Turvey.
A struggling Hartley was overtaken by Hegewald on lap 3. Meanwhile, at the front, Arzeno had built up a one-second lead over Lancaster. With six laps completed, however, his efforts were nullified when the safety car was brought out following a crash involving Gary Hirsch (Graff Racing). Taken unawares by the slowing pack ahead of him, Nelson Lukes went into a spin and ran into Tristan Vautier. Like Hirsch, the two young Frenchmen were forced to call it a day.
Racing resumed at the end of lap 8. Jon Lancaster was then handed a drive-through penalty for cutting across the N0x00fcrburgring chicane to overtake another driver. Kechele, hampered by suspension problems, had to abandon. Hegewald didn't have to wait for Lancaster to make his pit stop for his chance, as the Englishman made an error that let him past. Arzeno took full advantage, stretching his lead to two car-lengths.
While Lancaster was serving his penalty, Hartley moved back up into the top three. A little further back, Coletti turned up the pressure on Jaime Alguersuari. Unfortunately, the two Epsilon Red Bull drivers collided with each other on the final lap. Turvey thus inherited fourth spot, ahead of Mihai Marinescu (District Racing), who had worked his way up the field with some panache. Alguersuari finished seventh behind Oliver Oakes (Motopark Academy). Panciatici, Waldschmidt and Merhi completed the top ten.
Mathieu Arzeno: "The track was tricky to drive on and Brendon bore the brunt of it - I was able to watch the lines he took and then move past him quickly. The conditions were difficult right until the end and I reined myself in on the last few laps. I hope to do just as well this afternoon in the French Championship."
Tobias Hegewald: "It was very slippery and you had to be careful. I think I had a good race, with some decent lap times."
Brendon Hartley: "At this stage of the season, I have to concentrate on keeping my lead in the championship. After my mistake yesterday, I really had to finish the race and score as many points as possible. I didn't panic when Mathieu went past, as I knew he wasn't eligible for points."