Spielberg Eurocup: Norris outduels Defourny in thrilling Race 1

Lando Norris emerged victorious following a race-long fight with Max Defourny in the first Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race at Spielberg.

Spielberg Eurocup: Norris outduels Defourny in thrilling Race 1
Lando Norris, Josef Kaufmann Racing
Lando Norris, Josef Kaufmann Racing
Jehan Daruvala, Josef Kaufmann Racing and Lando Norris, Josef Kaufmann Racing
Max Defourny, R-ace GP
Max Defourny, R-ace GP

Norris comfortably converted his pole into a Turn 1 lead, with Defourny claiming second at the end of Lap 1 after passing Jehan Daruvala.

Having taken the penultimate turn too deep, the Indian also let Ferdinand Habsburg past but avoided losing further places by holding off Harrison Scott.

Although Norris took advantage of the battles behind and led by more than two seconds in just one lap, Defourny quickly closed the gap back to less than a second.

The R-ace GP driver made a move with 10 minutes left at Remus but the Briton fought back and, having forced Defourny on a defensive line, retook the lead before the end of the lap.

The same scenario played out two laps later with Norris once again emerging victorious but Defourny finally secured the lead with a masterful outside move at Schlossgold.

However, a counter attack from Norris saw him back in the lead on the penultimate lap.

Despite fighting back, Defourny was temporarily demoted by Habsburg and, even though he retook second, he could not catch Norris.

Habsburg secured a podium on home soil in third with Scott passing Daruvala in the late stages for fourth.

Tech 1 duo Hugo de Sadeleer and Dorian Boccolacci took sixth and seventh respectively, the latter closely followed by Alexey Korneev.

Fortec's Bruno Baptista and rookie Gabriel Aubry converted the top 10.

UPDATE: Boccolacci, Aubry, Henrique Chaves and Vasily Romanov all received 10-second time penalties due to track limits. Boccolacci has dropped down to 10th as a result with Aubry dropping out of the top 10.

Race 1 results:

 PosDriver Team Laps  Time/Delay 
 Lando Norris Josef Kaufmann Racing 18 27'09.024 
 Max Defourny R-ace GP 18 0.890
 Ferdinand Habsburg Fortec Motorsports 18 1.917
 Harrison Scott AVF by Adrian Valles 18 2.135
 Jehan Daruvala Josef Kaufmann Racing 18 3.436
 Hugo de Sadeleer Tech 1 Racing 18 4.483
 Julien Falchero R-ace GP 18 10.611
 Alexey Korneev JD Motorsport 18 11.286
 Bruno Baptista Fortec Motorsports 18 14.543
10   Dorian Boccolacci Tech 1 Racing 18 14.753
11   Robert Shwartzman Josef Kaufmann Racing 18 18.006
12   James Allen JD Motorsport 18 18.930
13   Sacha Fenestraz Tech 1 Racing 18 24.343
14   Gabriel Aubry Tech 1 Racing 18 25.364
15   Henrique Chaves Jr. AVF by Adrian Valles 18 27.391
16   Vasily Romanov Fortec Motorsports 18 27.681
17   Finlay Hutchison Mark Burdett Motorsport 15  
18   Alessandro Perullo Technorace 14  
 Will Palmer R-ace GP 9
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