Paul Ricard Eurocup: Scott outduels Norris to claim Race 1 win

Harrison Scott fended off championship leader Lando Norris to win consecutive Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup races, after his victory at the last round the at Red Bull Ring.

Paul Ricard Eurocup: Scott outduels Norris to claim Race 1 win
Max Defourny, R-ace GP
Lando Norris, Josef Kaufmann Racing
Will Palmer, R-ace GP
Max Defourny, R-ace GP
Jehan Daruvala, Josef Kaufmann Racing
Robert Shwartzman, Josef Kaufmann Racing

AVF driver Scott briefly lost the lead at the start of the race, when R-ace GP’s Will Palmer got his nose ahead going into Turn 1.

But Scott fought back in the next few corners to take back the place, going around the outside of Palmer, slotting himself firmly in the lead.

Will, the younger brother of Formula 1 driver Jolyon Palmer, then lost another place to Norris in a space of two corners, leaving Scott and Norris to fight for the win.

The two British drivers had a race-long battle, with Norris sticking closely to Scott's rear but unable to find a way past - meaning Scott was able to hang on for another win, a mere 0.152s clear of Norris.

Behind, Palmer settled for third, with teammate Max Defourny claiming fourth, while Tech 1’s Dorian Boccolacci making up 12 places to complete the top five.

Sacha Fenestraz finished sixth ahead of Robert Shwartzman and Ferdinand Habsburg, the Austrian making seven places after starting 15th.

Julien Falchero and Antoni Ptak benefited from late contact between Gabriel Aubry and Nikita Troitskiy, the two losing out a top 10 finish while running seventh and eighth.

Meanwhile, Force India protégé Jehan Daruvala lost chunk of places at the start of the race and was hit by a rival, leading to an unfortunate retirement.

Race 1 results:

 PosDriver Team Laps  Time  Delay 
Harrison Scott AVF by Adrian Valles 13 27'32.714  
Lando Norris Josef Kaufmann Racing 13 27'32.866 0.152
Will Palmer R-ace GP 13 27'33.647 0.933
Max Defourny R-ace GP 13 27'34.223 1.509
Dorian Boccolacci Tech 1 Racing 13 27'41.003 8.289
Sacha Fenestraz Tech 1 Racing 13 27'42.840 10.126
Robert Shwartzman Josef Kaufmann Racing 13 27'44.747 12.033
Ferdinand Habsburg Fortec Motorsports 13 27'47.214 14.500
Julien Falchero R-ace GP 13 27'48.946 16.232
10  Antoni Ptak Cram Motorsport 13 27'51.952 19.238
11  Alexey Korneev JD Motorsport 13 27'53.310 20.596
12  Henrique Chaves Jr. AVF by Adrian Valles 13 27'57.455 24.741
13  James Allen JD Motorsport 13 28'04.929 32.215
14  A.Perullo Technorace 13 28'05.941 33.227
15  Gabriel Aubry Tech 1 Racing 13 28'28.625 55.911
16  Ghislain Cordeel GMMA Formula Racing 13 28'37.334 1'04.620
Bruno Baptista Fortec Motorsports 8 17'08.418  
Hugo de Sadeleer Tech 1 Racing 8 17'08.823  
Nikita Troitskiy Fortec Motorsports 7 14'58.218  
Finlay Hutchison JD Motorsport 2 4'27.371  
Jehan Daruvala Josef Kaufmann Racing 2 4'46.514

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