Clairay Shows The Way The home crowd spurred the French drivers on in yesterday's free practise and qualifying here at Magny-Cours. And they continued to dominate on Saturday morning, as two local boys took first and third place in race one.
Clairay Shows The Way
The home crowd spurred the French drivers on in yesterday's free practise and qualifying here at Magny-Cours. And they continued to dominate on Saturday morning, as two local boys took first and third place in race one. Poleman Clairay (SG Formula) raced home first ahead of the American Fleming (Jenzer Motorsport) and Guillaume Moreau (SG Formula). The French armada was completed by Pagenaud and Pilet (Graff Racing) who finished 4th and 5th.
It was a smooth and trouble-free race for the leaders right from the start. But it was disappointment at the green light for Speed (Motopark Academy), the American letting many cars get past him on the grid and losing his 4th place advantage.
As they completed lap 1 Clairay was leading, followed by Fleming, Pilet, Moreau, Pagenaud and Olivier. While the leaders snaked their way around, they were battling it out further back. In the end, Maldonado, Claessens and Duran, who hadn't qualified on Friday, were allowed to start the race at the back of the grid. Maldonado, the current championship leader, went out all guns blazing, but as they reached the water tower it was cold showers all round! Contacts and crashes rained down, with no fewer than six cars spinning off.
The safety car was called out and the wreckage cleared away. After two laps of follow-the-leader, the race could get back underway. As the safety car peeled off, Fleming was climbing all over the back of Clairay. But to no avail, as the SG Formula driver and French championship winner confirmed the excellent form he's been displaying since the start of the season.
He would be untouchable for the rest of the race, keeping a good distance ahead of Fleming and Moreau. Pagenaud was unable to catch the leaders, and his team mate Pilet stayed tucked in behind him. But Pilet still found time to put on a show for the crowd, treating us to some fantastic slides.
At the chequered flag it was cheers from Stephane Guerin, SG Formula team manager, as well as his drivers. And the home crowd was rewarded with the first Marseillaise of the season.
<pre> Resultats course 1 1) Clairay SG Formula 26'08''245 2) Fleming Jenzer Motorsport 00''759 3) Moreau SG Formula 03''252 5) Pagenaud Graff Racing 04''470 6) Grosjean SG Formula 10''721 7) Speed Motopark Academy 11''302...
Best Lap : Pagenaud (Graff Racing) : 1'40''069 soit 158,68 km/h