A big first for Sorensen After a fine start from pole position, Marco Sorensen (Motopark Academy) drove to victory for the first time in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, in this his first season in the category. The Danish driver crossed the finish...
A big first for Sorensen
After a fine start from pole position, Marco Sorensen (Motopark Academy) drove to victory for the first time in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, in this his first season in the category. The Danish driver crossed the finish line ahead of team-mate Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Motopark Academy) and Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi). With a sixth place finish, Antonio Felix de Costa (Motopark Academy) stays on top of the overall standings just two points ahead of Albert Costa.
Following race 1, Kevin Magnussen (Motopark Academy) got a four-position grid penalty for unsporting track behaviour, so he dropped back from 2nd to 6th for the start. This left his countryman Marco Sorensen (Motopark Academy) to share the front row with British team-mate Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Motopark Academy).
The two men completed lap one in the same one-two order, ahead of Kuba Giermaziak (Motopark Academy), Albert Costa and Miki Monras (SG Formula). Meanwhile, Kevin Magnussen, Arthur Pic (SG Formula), Nathanael Berthon (Epsilon Euskadi), Carlos Munoz (Epsilon Euskadi) and Daniel Mancinelli (One Racing) all fell victim to race incidents in the first lap. Munoz and Mancinelli had to retire, and Magnussen, Pic and Berthon found themselves at the back of the field.
Up front, Marco Sorensen applied himself to containing Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. Albert Costa was moving through the field and looking an increasing threat. The Spaniard got past Giermaziak into third, then started to come back on Sorensen and Quaife-Hobbs. The fight for fourth place was looking equally contested. Kuba Giermaziak had to keep an eye on Miki Monras and Antonio Felix da Costa, looming closer and closer in his rear view mirrors.
Behind leader Marco Sorensen, positions were seriously bunching up. The first six cars were all inside three seconds as the chequered flag approached. The final stages also saw Jean-Eric Vergne press to catch up ground. In an attacking move, the Frenchman got past Nico Muller (Jenzer Motorsport) and Nigel Melker (MP Motorsport), moving up to 8th place, before slipping back into 10th place.
There was more excitement when Miki Monras overtook Kuba Giermaziak to take fourth place. In spite of the best efforts of Albert Costa in the final laps, the race order didn't see further changes. So Marco Sorensen took his first win this season in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, finishing ahead of Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Albert Costa. Antonio Felix da Costa and Albert Costa stay locked in battle at the top of the overall standings. Antonio Felix da Costa leaves Hungary just two points ahead of Albert Costa.
Marco Sorensen: "It's been a fantastic weekend. Two pole positions and one win -- I wasn't expecting this success so early in the season. I was on the pace from the very start back on Thursday, but I didn't know if it would hold out all weekend. Everything went perfectly in qualifying and in the race today -- I want to savour it a little."
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs: "The weekend has been very competitive. We were running very well in collective testing, but things didn't go so well in qualifying. The race was interesting today, but I was never in a position to attack Marco. This podium comes at a very good time, before my home leg at Silverstone."
Albert Costa: "Coming into this weekend, we had been clearly under-performing compared to my rivals. We broke an engine yesterday, and everyone in the team has put in lots of work to make the car competitive today. This podium finish is a reward for all the team. I'm just two points behind Antonio Felix da Costa-- it's close."