After claiming the pole, Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport) dominated the action in the wet conditions at the Hungaroring to win race 2 of the weekend ahead of fellow Renault Sport Academy driver, Max Fewtrell (R-ace GP) and Lorenzo Colombo (JD Motorsport). With the win, the Dane reclaims the lead in the general classification from Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmannn Racing), who finished eleventh today. With three meetings remaining in the season, ten drivers are still in the race for the title.
Christian Lundgaard again on pole
Dimanche matin, les concurrents évoluaient sur une piste humide après les orages de la nuit.
Sunday morning, the field ran on a wet track following overnight storms. In the first group on track, Christian Lundgaard was in a league of his own. With his last lap clocked at 1:55.033s, the Dane led from Max Fewtrell and Lorenzo Colombo. Despite their efforts, the drivers in the following group couldn’t beat the benchmark time, with Logan Sargeant (R-ace GP) setting the best time in the group at 1:56.201s, 0.005s ahead of Oscar Piastri (Arden Motorsport).
Christian Lundgaard was joined on row one by Logan Sargeant. The two lined up ahead of Max Fewtrell, Oscar Piastri, Lorenzo Colombo and Charles Milesi (R-ace GP). Alexander Smolyar (Tech 1 Racing), Arthur Rougier (Fortec Motorsports), Alex Peroni (MP Motorsport) and Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing) completed the top ten.
Perfect day for the Dane
While the rain returned during the race, the start began under the traditional procedure. Contrary to Saturday, Christian Lundgaard put in an excellent start to hold on to the lead ahead of Max Fewtrell and Alex Peroni, who overtook Logan Sargeant despite them starting third and ninth respectively. Oscar Piastri moved up to fifth place ahead of Alexander Smolyar, Lorenzo Colombo, Arthur Rougier, Sami Taoufik (Arden Motorsport) and Victor Martins (R-ace GP).
Christian Lundgaard quickly built a comfortable advantage, but there was plenty of action in the field with the spins of Freek Schothorst (MP Motorsport), Neil Verhagen (Tech 1 Racing) and Thomas Maxwell (JD Motorsport). On lap 11, third place Alex Peroni was under threat. Just until this point seventh, Lorenzo Colombo made the most of the smallest opportunity and put in an overtaking demonstration as he got by four other drivers to move up to third. Among his victims, Logan Sargeant then dropped down to seventh as he got caught out by the conditions.
After the incident of Thomas Neubauer (Tech 1 Racing) on lap 13, the safety car was deployed and stayed on track just until the finish. Christian Lundgaard sealed the win. Max Fewtrell and Lorenzo Colombo joined the Dane on the podium. Oscar Piastri finished fourth ahead of Alex Peroni, Alexander Smolyar and Logan Sargeant. Arthur Rougier finished eighth ahead of Victor Martins and Sami Taoufik (Arden Motorsport), who scored his first point in the Formula Renault Eurocup.
Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport): “After the start yesterday, I had a few concerns, but I tried to relax and everything worked out nicely this time! We knew that we had the pace both in the dry and the wet. We just had to put everything together and we did it today. Now, I can’t wait for the two rounds in Germany. I was fast at the pre-season tests in the rain at the Nürburgring and Hockenheim is one of my favourite tracks, so I hope to add to my lead.”
Max Fewtrell (R-ace GP): “At the start, I was able to get the better of Logan Sargeant before tucking in behind Christian. Once it began to rain again, his pace was better than mine and he was able to pull away. All I could do was try to stay on the track until the finish. I think we are leaving Budapest with the best results we could have gotten. We were just a bit off the pace throughout the weekend, but I have full confidence in my team to return to the top of the order at the Nürburgring.”
Lorenzo Colombo (JD Motorsport): “It is nice to be back on the podium, especially as I wasn’t expecting it after a difficult qualifying session. I had never done a standing start on a wet track before and I focused on not spinning the wheels. Unfortunately, I lost two positions before turn one. The first part of the race was pretty calm, I gradually found my marks and I made the most of the battle behind Alex Peroni to pick up four places in two laps. It was a lot of fun to battle on every lap and I hope we can rely on our solid pre-season tests at the Nürburgring to go for the win!”
|1. Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport)||190|
|2. Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing)||182|
|3. Max Fewtrell (R-ace GP)||158.5|
|4. Victor Martins (R-ace GP)||141|
|5. Lorenzo Colombo (JD Motorsport)||117.5|
*Results subject to confirmation following technical and sporting verifications.