After inheriting the pole this morning, France’s Charles Milesi (R-ace GP) controlled race two of the Formula Renault Eurocup at Silverstone to take his first win in the category. Logan Sargeant (R-ace GP) made it the third one-two finish for R-ace GP this season. Another third place result for Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing) sees the Chinese driver increases his lead to 10 points heading to the next round in Monaco.
A battle for the pole
In the first group on track, Charles Milesi put in a lap of 1:56.358s late in the going to edge out Yifei Ye and Oscar Piastri (Arden Motorsport). In the other group, Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport) and Logan Sargeant were in a two-driver battle before the red flag provoked by Neil Verhagen (Tech 1 Racing). When the session resumed, Lorenzo Colombo (JD Motorsport) moved to the top of the order before his time was cancelled for not respecting track limitations.
Christian Lundgaard thus won the pole with a time of 1:56.147s, but the Dane was penalized three places on the grid for his incident in race 1. Charles Milesi inherited P1 on the start grid ahead of team mate Logan Sargeant.
A first for Milesi
At the start, Charles Milesi controlled the group of chasers composed of Logan Sargeant, Yifei Ye, Christian Lundgaard, Max Defourny (MP Motorsport) and Oscar Piastri (Arden Motorsport). The opening lap was marked by an incident involving Frank Bird (Tech 1 Racing), Thomas Maxwell (JD Motorsport) and Renault Sport Academy drivers Arthur Rougier (Fortec Motorsports) and Max Fewtrell (R-ace GP).
In the lead, Charles Milesi took his time in building a lead and answering each time Logan Sargeant tried to make up ground. There were position changes further down the order. On lap ten, Max Defourny and Oscar Piastri got the better of Christian Lundgaard. Two laps later, Lorenzo Colombo and Raúl Guzmán (Fortec Motorsports) got by Richard Verschoor (Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Alexander Vartanyan (Arden Motorsport) to move into the top ten.
Never threatened, Charles Milesi went on for his maiden victory ahead of team mate Logan Sargeant and Yifei Ye. Initially fourth, Max Defourny was penalized 25 seconds after the race for not slowing down under yellow flag conditions. Oscar Piastri and Christian Lundgaard completed the top five ahead of Victor Martins (R-ace GP), who passed Alexander Smolyar (Tech 1 Racing) three laps from the flag to finish seventh. Lorenzo Colombo finished eighth ahead of Raúl Guzman and Alexander Vartanyan rounded out the top ten.
Charles Milesi (R-ace GP): “It feels good to win! The first two meetings were a bit complicated, but I felt more comfortable in the car and in the paddock as early as the Thursday tests. I tried to concentrate more on my driving than on the data. It paid off in qualifying. I managed to put everything together on my final lap and all that was left to do was get a good start and quickly get up to speed. It is a confidence boost heading to Monaco where it is important not to be too conservative to find the right tempo.”
Logan Sargeant (R-ace GP): “As we all got a similar start, there were not many opportunities to pass early in the race. I lost a little bit of ground in the middle of the race before closing the gap in the final laps. We need to look after that, but I am thrilled about this latest one-two for the team. This weekend, I scored a lot of points and I will try to do my best and once again contend for the win at Monaco.”
Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing): “Like yesterday, qualifying started off pretty good but I was bested in the very last seconds. It was a little frustrating, but it could’ve been worse! I got a good start and tried to follow Charles and Logan. Unfortunately, the closer you get, the more downforce at the front you lose. I picked up the pace towards the end of the race in hoping for a mistake, but I finally chose to make sure I scored the points. It’s the best result we could hope today, but I am looking forward to Monaco. I am full of confidence going into this round. The team was strong there last year with Sacha Fenestraz taking the pole.”
|1. Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing)||88|
|2. Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport)||78|
|3. Logan Sargeant (R-ace GP)||77|
|4. Max Fewtrell (R-ace GP)||69|
|5. Lorenzo Colombo (JD Motorsport)||61|
*Results subject to confirmation following technical and sporting verifications.