Baguette rises to the occasion Bertrand Baguette (Epsilon-Euskadi) collected his first Formula Renault 2.0 win after getting the better of pole position driver Carlo Van Dam (SG Formula) at the start. The Dutchman finished third behind the ...
Baguette rises to the occasion
Bertrand Baguette (Epsilon-Euskadi) collected his first Formula Renault 2.0 win after getting the better of pole position driver Carlo Van Dam (SG Formula) at the start. The Dutchman finished third behind the highly opportunist Kasper Andersen (JD Motorsport).
At the start, Bertrand Baguette got on the power quicker than Carlo Van Dam. Although the Dutchman then tried to intimidate the Belgian, the Epsilon-Euskadi driver refused to succumb and made it into the first corner in front.
All the drivers negotiated the Dunlop chicane without incident. But things went less smoothly a few corners later, as Stefano Coletti span in the middle of the field! Chris Van der Drift then made a mistake, went off and rejoined in last place.
Kasper Andersen made the most of his chances on the first lap: the Danish driver moved into second spot ahead of Tom Dillmann, who had got the better of his team-mate Carlo Van Dam. Van Dan's fellow SG Formula driver Yann Clairay had to come into the pits with a puncture.
At the start of lap two, Oliver Oakes (Cram Competition) span at Dunlop, causing a multi-car collision that proved particularly disastrous for Malo Olivier (Hexis Racing), John Edwards (Motorsport Arena) and Edoardo Mortara (Prema Powerteam).
The safety car was called out for three laps. Behind Baguette, Andersen, Dillmann and Van Dam, Pierre Combot (Pole Services) continued his excellent start in the category.
When the race resumed, Laurent Groppi (Graff Racing) caught Johan Charpilienne (Pole Services) unawares, snatching eighth place from him. 'Charpi' lost another place to Dani Clos (Jenzer Motorsport), who was chasing every point he could muster towards the championship.
On lap 10, Combot made a mistake which let both Nelson Panciatici (Epsilon-Euskadi) and Henkie Waldschmidt (Prema Powerteam) through. Pierre quickly found himself under pressure from Laurent Groppi, but he held on!
A lap later, Tom Dillmann was forced to retire due to mechanical failure at 'Chapelle'. Carlo Van Dam thus moved up back into the final podium spot.
Bertrand Baguette: "After qualifying well, I got off to a good start which took me immediately into the lead. The car was very good and consistent throughout the race. I hope I can repeat this first win tomorrow."
Kasper Andersen: "I was surprised not to do better in qualifying. I started from sixth on the grid, but I was already up to second at the first corner! After the safety car period, it was fairly easy."
Carlo Van Dam: "I made a mistake at the start. And as there is a long run to the first corner, I lost more than one place! I will have a second chance tomorrow, as I will also be on pole position. I really hope to take it!"