Silverstone NEC: Defourny dominates Race 1, disaster for Norris

Max Defourny took a lights-to-flag win in the first Formula Renault 2.0 NEC race at Silverstone after front-row starter Lando Norris was forced to retire.

The Briton had to pull into the pits after the formation lap due to gearbox issues, allowing Defourny to take the lead after the start with ease.

R-ace GP teammate Will Palmer slotted in at second, while Dorian Boccolacci took third from Ferdinand Habsburg.

Behind the top four, Force India protege Jehan Daruvala lost two places as Callan O’Keeffe and Alex Gill went past the slowly starting Indian.

Up ahead, Defourny extended his lead to take a commanding win from Boccolacci, who passed Palmer for the spot and F1 racer Jolyon's younger brother settling for third as a result.

Habsburg tried to get past Palmer as well but had little time to make the move stick and finished fourth as Daruvala ended up fifth.

The Force India junior first retook sixth from Gill but, while trying to pass O'Keeffe, they made contact at Luffield while Daruvala holding the inside line.

Daruvala continued in fifth but O’Keeffe retired with a puncture and suspension failure to his JD Motorsport car.

O'Keeffe's teammate James Allen finished in sixth, after having made his way up from the outside of the top 10.

Gill eventually came home in seventh with Julien Falchero, Hugo de Sadeleer and Vasily Romanov completing the top 10.

Results to follow

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Series Formula Renault
Event NEC: Silverstone
Track Silverstone
Article type Race report