Four in a row for Clos Dani Clos (Jenzer Motorsport) claimed his fourth consecutive Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 win. The Catalan now holds a 19-point championship lead over Chris Van der Drift (JD Motorsport), who finished second today. After a...
Four in a row for Clos
Dani Clos (Jenzer Motorsport) claimed his fourth consecutive Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 win. The Catalan now holds a 19-point championship lead over Chris Van der Drift (JD Motorsport), who finished second today. After a solid performance, Jaime Alguersuari Jr. made his debut appearance on the Eurocup podium.
For the fourth consecutive time, Dani Clos started perfectly from pole position and immediately built up a small lead over a somewhat agitated pack behind him. At the end of lap one, the Jenzer driver led from Jaime Alguersuari, who had actually started on row three! These two were followed by Brendon Hartley, Chris Van der Drift, Adrian Zaugg, Tom Dillmann, Filipe Albuquerque, Carlo Van Dam and Atte Mustonen.
Van der Drift moved past Hartley on lap two, before successfully taking on Alguersuari two laps later. Atte Mustonen (Koiranen Bros), who has been hit by appalling luck this weekend, was forced to retire, allowing Bertrand Baguette (Epsilon Euskadi) and Kasper Andersen (JD Motorsport) to break into the top 10.
Van der Drift attempted to go after Clos, but there was already a 3.5 second gap between the two leaders. Meanwhile Alguersuari was just about holding off the group of drivers breathing down his neck: Hartley, Zaugg, Dillmann, Albuquerque, Van Dam, Baguette and Andersen!
On lap 8, Andersen got past Baguette, while Riccardo Cinti (IT Loox) was thrown into a spectacular roll after clashing with Tomi Limonen (Koiranen Bros)! The safety car was not however called out and the race could be continued as normal. Van der Drift reduced the gap considerably as the laps counted down, but he couldn't get close enough to put any real pressure on Clos.
Jaime Alguersuari and Brendon Hartley were still fighting it out for the third podium place. These two had shaken off Adrian Zaugg. The South African was holding off Filipe Albuquerque, Carlo Van Dam and Tom Dillmann, who had lost two places in the scrap.
Kasper Andersen was forced out on lap 12, allowing Sebastien Buemi (Motopark Academy) to move into the points.
The final few laps proved difficult for Hartley, who first lost 4th place to Zaugg and then conceded 5th to Albuquerque. Alguersuari could relax a little as he eased his way to his first podium finish in the category.
Dani Clos: "I had a very good start and then I had a good first lap. I was able to pull away quickly and take a fourth consecutive victory. I'm on a good run and it means I'm building up quite a lead in the championship."
Chris Van der Drift: "It was a good race after a pretty average performance in qualifying. I tried to close the gap to Dani but he had built a lead very quickly. It's still a good result for the Eurocup standings."
Jaime Alguersuari Jr: "The first lap was excellent as I moved up from 5th to 3rd. I couldn't relax though, because Hartley was right behind me for a long time. I just kept pushing all the way to go for this first podium place."