Renault Sport Academy Driver Christian Lundgaard claimed his first Formula Renault Eurocup victory after a classy drive in race two in Monza.
In only his fourth Eurocup race, Christian pulled off a superb move to take the lead around the outside of local hero Lorenzo Colombo into Variante della Roggia midway through the race, holding his cool to defend on a number of occasions to take the chequered flag.
It was a strong weekend for the Danish teenager, who finished second in race one after starting from the front row. He heads the Drivers’ Championship, in his rookie season, on 68 points, 10 clear of his nearest rival.
Max Fewtrell endured a nightmare weekend in Monza after collisions in both races hampered any hopes of fighting at the front. In race one, Max was forced to skip the opening chicane on the first lap, ending in 22nd. While in the second, Max was clipped by Yifei Ye going into the Ascari chicane and dropped to the back of the field. He did battle his way back up to eleventh, and picked up the final point after the race after Ye was handed a penalty for his involvement in the collision.
Victor Martins picked up a strong fifth place in race two, pulling off a number of fine overtakes after starting from 11th, adding to his sixth place in the opening race.
Arthur Rougier was in the mix for a top 10 finish in race two, but technical issues midway through dropped him down to 20th.
Christian: “What an amazing weekend for me! It was consistent without any mistakes and good points for the championship. Being in the lead of the championship is a big confidence boost and it’s good to get my first win of the season. The focus is now on the next race so I can keep myself in good shape on and off track. I need to thank everyone who has supported me throughout the weekend, there’s been many kind faces around.”
Max: “Monza wasn’t an ideal weekend, being taken out in both races. I have to take the positives as the race pace looked really strong. I have to put it behind me, and look forward to Silverstone.”
Victor: “I knew this round would not be easy, but I’m happy with the results achieved especially in race two where I finished 5th after going down to 12th place. I’d like to thank my team, Renault Sport Academy and my sponsors.”
Arthur: “This weekend we could see a good improvement of the pace in qualifying but unfortunately we were not able to take good points from the races. They were both really hard because of slipstreaming and the low downforce on the car and we had a bit of bad luck. We are going to work hard with the team to get strong results soon.”