Belgium is an indispensable stop for the World Series by Renault and it hosted the second meeting of the season at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. 74, 000 spectators came out to watch the first races for the all-new Renault Sport Trophy won by the Italian duo of David Fumanelli and Dario Capitanio, as well as the triumphs of Dutch drivers Diederik Sijthoff and Steijn Schothorst. In an edition where sunshine and rain shared the billing, the large turnout of fans also witnessed the victories of Oliver Rowland and Matthieu Vaxiviere in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Ukyo Sasahara and Jake Hughes in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, as well as the demonstration runs of Max Verstappen in the Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 Show !

Jean-Paul Renaux, Renault Belgium-Luxembourg and Renault Holland Managing Director : “It was a superb edition ! Every year we have a challenge to meet : that of seducing even more and doing better. It is extremely motivating to participate in an event of this magnitude. The World Series by Renault is the best motor racing event in the Benelux region. All my dealers have told me how extraordinary the meeting is. It is a big party for our Renault customers, who bring their families out and with a certain pride concerning the attractions. Others come out to see what it’s all about and plunge into the Renault universe of which they may not have been aware of the unique spirit. It is one of the forces of this gathering, we have activities based on the automobile that are of interest to men, women and children. See you next year, for an even better event !”

Formula Renault 3.5 Series : Rowland and Vaxiviere back on top
After a scoreless round at Monaco, Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus) rebounded in the best possible way at Spa-Francorchamps. The Lotus F1 Junior Team driver was fastest in practice and he won the pole position for the first race, despite losing the lead of the race at the start. Sunday, Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) made great strides in winning the race and moving to the top of the general classification. Matthieu Vaxiviere and Jazeman Jaafar (Fortec Motorsports) are close behind the Englishman.

Race 1 : 1- M. Vaxiviere, FRA (Lotus), 2- J. Jaafar, MAS (Fortec Motorsports), 3- D. Stoneman, GBR (DAMS)…
Race 2 : 1- O. Rowland, GBR (Fortec Motorsports), 2- N. de Vries, NED (DAMS), 3- M. Vaxiviere, FRA (Lotus)…
General classification : 1- O. Rowland 83 pts, 2- M. Vaxiviere 77 pts, 3- J. Jaafar 75 pts…

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 : first wins for Sasahara and Hughes, Delétraz still leads
Fastest in the collective tests, Jake Hughes (Koiranen GP) started from pole on the day of his 21st birthday, but he was overtaken by Ukyo Sasahara (ART Junior Team) in the first metres of the race and who became the first Japanese driver to win in the category since Kamui Kobayashi in 2005. He also won the pole the following day, but Jake Hughes managed to get his revenge in taking the lead on the very last lap to score his maiden win in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. Anthoine Hubert (Tech 1 Racing) and Matevos Isaakyan (JD Motorsport) also picked up podium results. Forced to drop out on Sunday, Louis Delétraz still leads the general classification.

Race 1 : 1- U. Sasahara, JPN (ART Junior Team), 2- J. Hughes, GBR (Koiranen GP), 3- A. Hubert, FRA (Tech 1 Racing)…
Race 2 : 1- J. Hughes, GBR (Koiranen GP), 2- U. Sasahara, JPN (ART Junior Team), 3- M. Isaakyan, RUS (Koiranen GP)…
General classification : 1- L. Delétraz 70 pts, 2- A. Hubert 64 pts, 3- J. Hughes 53 pts…

Renault Sport Trophy : already making history
In the competition debut of the Renault Sport R.S. 01, the duo of David Fumanelli and Dario Capitanio (Oregon Team #8) won ahead of the tandem of Luciano Bacheta and Niccolò Nalio (Oregon Team #6), making it a one-two finish for the Jerry Canevisio and Piergiorgio Testa run team. Starting from pole position, Richard Gonda and Andrea Pizzitola (ART Junior Team #2) finished third. On Sunday, the Dutch drivers and teams monopolised the honours with the sprint race victory in Prestige going to Diederik Sijthoff (V8 Racing) and the Elite win taken by Steijn Schothorst (Equipe Verschuur). Local drivers, Wolfgang Reip (Monlau Competicion) and Sarah Bovy (Monlau Competicion) finished on the podium in Elite and Prestige respectively. At 26 years of age, Sarah Bovy becomes the first female driver to create such a feat in a race in the World Series by Renault.

Endurance Race : 1- Fumanelli-Capitanio, ITA (Oregon Team), 2- Bacheta-Nalio, GBR-ITA (Oregon Team), 3- Pizzitola-Gonda, FRA-SVQ (ART Junior Team)…
Sprint Race Prestige : 1- D. Sijthoff, NED (V8 Racing), 2- T. Forné, ESP (ART Junior Team), 3- S. Bovy, BEL (Monlau Competicion)…
Sprint Race Elite : 1- S. Schothorst, NED (Equipe Verschuur), 2- A. Pizzitola, FRA (ART Junior Team), 3- W. Reip, BEL (Monlau Competicion)…
Elite general classification : 1- S. Schothorst 25 pts, 2- A. Pizzitola 18 pts, 3- W. Reip 15 pts…
Prestige general classification : 1- D. Sijthoff 37 pts, 2- R. Gonda 25 pts, 3. T. Forné 24 pts…
Endurance general classification : 1- Fumanelli/Capitanio 25 pts, 2- Bacheta/Nalio 18 pts, 3- Pizzitola/Gonda 15 pts…

In two weeks, the World Series by Renault will head to Hungary for the third meeting of the 2015 season. The Hungaroring will host the Renault Sport Trophy, Formula Renault 3.5 Series and Eurocup Formula 2.0 on June 13 &14.

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