In the morning Harrison Scott (AVF by Adrián Vallés) clinched his first pole position in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and went on to score his second victory this season. The British driver, best rookie last year, controlled his lead and took the chequered flag in front of his championship rivals Max Defourny (R-ace GP) and Lando Norris (Josef Kaufmann Racing). The latter left the Red Bull Ring leading the overall classification by 26,5 points.
Harrison Scott’s first pole
This morning, Scott scored his first pole position in the category setting a new circuit record in 1m28.172sec during his battle with Max Defourny. Lando Norris finally managed to split the two drivers while Will Palmer (R-ace GP) and Dorian Boccolacci (Tech 1 Racing) rounded out the Top 5.
Scott in control
When the lights went out Scott came under threat from Norris, but he managed to hold on to his lead despite the pressure from his fellow-countryman who himself was busy fighting off Defourny, Palmer and Henrique Chaves (AVF by Adrián Vallés), who had all overtaken Boccolacci as the latter had fluffed his start. Boccolacci provided a dose of excitement in the opening stages as he fought his way up to fifth two laps later.
Up front, Scott pulled away. Sixth time round, Defourny got past Norris and set a string of fastest laps in the race as he closed the gap to the leader. But the Belgian was unable to find a way past Scott and had to settle for second place behind the Brit who had already won on Sunday at Monza.
Norris took the final place on the podium despite Boccolacci’s frenzied attempts to overtake him after the Frenchman had got past Palmer on lap 7. Chaves did the same five laps from the finish. Jehan Daruvala (Josef Kaufmann Racing) came home seventh followed by Ferdinand Habsburg (Fortec Motorsports) and Alexey Korneev (JD Motorsport). Sacha Fenestraz (Tech 1 Racing) completed the top 10 after a scrap with his team-mates Hugo de Sadeleer and Gabriel Aubry.
Harrison Scott : “It felt really good setting pole this morning. In the race the car was just fantastic. I knew that even if I made a good start, there would be a risk of slipstreaming between corners 2 et 3. Lando had a go, but luckily I managed to stay in front. After that I tried to open up a gap, which I did until Max overtook Lando and caught me. Then I had to put in consistent laps and not make any mistakes to be win the race !”
Max Defourny : “We were unlucky in qualifying with a Full Course Yellow, which happened when I was on the pits straight. I braked but improved my time, which was cancelled. We had a few problems in the early stages of the race. I lost time and I tried to catch Harrison after passing Lando. Unfortunately, I’d worn my tyres too much in the first part of the heat and the final laps were pretty difficult.”
Lando Norris : “My pace wasn’t great in the opening laps compared to yesterday and in qualifying. I could have done better this morning so I think I did a good job overall. We had issues in the race as we didn’t really have the right race setup. I didn’t want to get involved in a battle so I concentrated on the points and fighting off Max and Dorian. It’s a good result given our pace."
Provisional overall classification*
1. Lando Norris (Josef Kaufmann Racing) 159
2. Max Defourny (R-ace GP) 132,5
3. Harrison Scott (AVF by Adrián Vallés) 121
4. Dorian Boccolacci (Tech 1 Racing) 108
5. Jehan Daruvala (Josef Kaufmann Racing) 47
*subject to the official confirmation of the results after scrutineering and sporting checks.