Saturday morning, Louis Delétraz became the first pole winner of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season in taking both top spots with lap times of 1:55.776 and 1:55.868.
First for Louis Delétraz
When the lights went out, Louis Delétraz held on to the lead against Ben Barnicoat, Dennis Olsen, Kevin Jörg and Anthoine Hubert. Making the most of the battle amongst his pursuers, the Swiss driver pulled away while the Norwegian dropped to sixth place. Kevin Jörg also lost two positions against Anthoine Hubert and Matevos Isaakyan (JD Motorsport).
Controlling his lead, Louis Delétraz won in front of Ben Barnicoat and Anthoine Hubert. The leading trio was followed by Matevos Isaakyan, Kevin Jörg and Dennis Olsen. Ignazio D’Agosto (Manor MP Motorsport) moved up to seventh place after overtaking Jake Hughes (Koiranen GP) on lap three. Simon Gachet (Tech 1 Racing) and Jack Aitken (Koiranen GP) completed the top ten. The best placed rookie, Harrison Scott (AVF) finished 12th.
Delétraz doubles up
With a perfect getaway, Louis Delétraz maintained his advantage from Kevin Jörg, who was in a fight with Dennis Olsen and Matevos Isaakyan, while fifth place Anthoine Hubert was surprised by Ben Barnicoat. In the heart of a very animated field, Simon Gachet’s accident brought out the safety car on lap two.
In control at the re-start, Louis Delétraz controlled the gap to his team mate and scored his second success of the day. Dennis Olsen completed the podium ahead of Matevos Isaakyan, Ben Barnicoat , Anthoine Hubert and Jake Hughes. Jack Aitken, Ignazio D’Agosto and Lasse Sørensen (Manor MP Motorsport) rounded out the top ten. However, Lasse Sørensen lost the one point for tenth place promoting Matthew Graham (AVF) into the final point scoring position, following a 25 second penalty for overtaking Ukyo Sasahara (ART Junior Team) while under the command of the safety car. For the same reason, Harrison Scott (AVF) inherited the top rookie trophy.
Louis Delétraz : “It’s a good start to the season. I took my third and fourth consecutive pole positions, then two victories. The starts are always difficult, but today they were good. With Kevin behind me on the re-start in race two, there was a little pressure but I managed to conserve my speed to create a gap. This is my first season in the Eurocup, but my third in Formula Renault 2.0. I have to be fast and I know I have the speed and I must continue on !”
Ben Barnicoat : “I had a pretty eventful race ! I had a hard time getting going again before being under pressure from Dennis Olsen. Then, Jörg made the most of my draft, while Louis was too far ahead for me to take advantage of his draft. We struggled here during winter testing, so this is a good start to the season !”
Dennis Olsen : “The battle with Louis in qualifying was very tight and it was a shame not to be on the podium in race 1. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an opening despite getting good starts. What is essential is that we have the potential to get the pole tomorrow and I hope the result will follow !”
Provisional general classification * : 1. L. Delétraz – 50 points, 2ex. B. Barnicoat et K. Jörg – 28, 4. M. Isaakyan – 24, 5ex. A. Hubert and D. Olsen – 23, …
* Subject to confirmation of the results at the end of technical inspections