Christian Lundgaard extends the suspense at Barcelona

In taking the rookie title with his fourth win of the season, ahead of Logan Sargeant (R-ace GP) and Lorenzo Colombo (JD Motorsport), Christian Lundgaard stays in the fight for the championship with Max Fewtrell (R-ace GP), who finished fourth today. Eight in race one, Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing) is no longer in contention heading into the final race of the year.

Fourth pole for Lundgaard

Following overnight showers, the field enjoyed a drying track for the first qualifying session of the weekend. In the first group, Christian Lundgaard was the man to beat with a best lap of 1:55.208s, 0.6s quicker than Max Fewtrell. In the second group, Logan Sargeant was a cut above the rest, but couldn’t beat the time of Christian Lundgaard.

Group A - Group B

Christian Lundgaard shared row one with Logan Sargeant. Max Fewtrell and Lorenzo Colombo were next on row two. Victor Martins (R-ace GP), Thomas Maxwell (JD Motorsport), Alexander Smolyar (Tech 1 Racing), Oscar Piastri (Arden Motorsport), Charles Milesi (R-ace GP) and Frank Bird (Tech 1 Racing) completed the top ten in qualifying for race one.

Starting grid

The win and rookie title for the Dane

Bright skies returned for the start of race one. Christian Lundgaard got a clean start to maintain the lead ahead of Logan Sargeant. Lorenzo Colombo got the better of Max Fewtrell, while Alexander Smolyar moved up to fifth place ahead of Charles Milesi and Thomas Maxwell, who made contact with Oscar Piastri at the start of lap two.

On lap two, the safety car was sent out to allow for the removal of the cars of Freek Schothorst (MP Motorsport) and Sami Taoufik (Arden Motorsport). When the action resumed, Christian Lundgaard held on to the lead despite the pressure coming from Logan Sargeant, while Charles Milesi overtook Alexander Smolyar for fifth place.

Christian Lundgaard quickly pulled away from the field while Logan Sargeant had to fend off the pressure coming from Lorenzo Colombo, who was followed closely by Max Fewtrell. Meanwhile, Yifei Ye continued his comeback drive to conserve his slim title hopes by passing Alex Peroni (MP Motorsport).

Running on his own, Christian Lundgaard clinched the rookie title with a three-second margin of victory from Logan Sargeant and Lorenzo Colombo. Max Fewtrell finished just off the podium and was followed by Charles Milesi, Alexander Smolyar, Neil Verhagen and Yifei Ye, who is now eliminated from the title chase. Alex Peroni and Frank Bird complete the points scoring finishers.

Race 1 - Drivers classification - Teams classification

Quotes

Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport): “It was a tough one out there today, but it’s a good win. I had a lot of rear and front locking into turn one throughout the race and I was scared Logan might come up the inside on the safety car restart. But I managed to keep him behind and then took it lap by lap from there, trying to be as consistent as possible to bring it home. I stayed quite calm and managed it well to the end. We have the rookie title now and the big title is still on the line. I have to do my job tomorrow. I need to win the race and the rest is out of our hands. Maybe everything will fall into place afterwards.”

Logan Sargeant (R-ace GP): “My start wasn’t amazing, but people behind me didn’t have a great one either. We were quite strong in the first couple of laps before and after the safety car, but I made a few mistakes and I felt the car go away from me, so it was difficult to be consistent. We need to make a change for tomorrow – especially for the race – so we’ll sit down tonight and see what can be done ahead of Sunday. I had nothing to lose today, and it will be the same tomorrow. Our plan is to finish the season on a high.”

Lorenzo Colombo (JD Motorsport): “I’m pretty happy with today. At the beginning of the race, I felt I could be on the podium as my car felt great. We need to work a bit harder to not lose so much time in sector one as I was struggling there on the straights and we also had some tyre issues towards the end. But, overall, the race went well and it feels nice to be back on the podium. We have nothing to lose tomorrow for the championship, so we’ll go for the win. We have the pace to do that and we’ll see what happens.”

Provisional general classification*
Drivers Points
1. Max Fewtrell (R-ace GP) 263.5
2. Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport) 240
3. Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing) 235
4. Logan Sargeant (R-ace GP) 193
5. Victor Martins (R-ace GP) 171
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*results subject to confirmation following technical and sporting verifications.

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