Aragon Eurocup: Defourny controls first race of season
Belgian racer Max Defourny held off British prodigy Lando Norris to triumph in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season opener at Motorland Aragon.
Starting from pole, Defourny led Norris into Turn 1, but was under serious pressure from the reigning MSA Formula and Toyota Racing Series champion over the opening laps.
However, Defourny, who had spent 2015 in FR2.0 NEC, soon weathered the storm, easing to the chequered flag to secure the win in what was his eighth Eurocup start.
As Defourny escaped his grasp, Norris had to focus on the advances of former Lotus F1 junior Dorian Boccolacci behind him, only for the Tech 1 driver to drop off and be passed by Norris' teammate Jehan Daruvala.
The Josef Kaufmann Racing duo would go on to complete the podium behind Defourny, with Boccolacci losing pace dramatically and eventually dropping out of the top 10.
As such, fourth place was inherited by Harrison Scott and fifth went to Robert Shwartzman, who had passed Bruno Baptista.
Henrique Chaves was seventh, ahead of the Russian duo of Nikita Troitskiy and Alexey Korneev and tenth-placed Ferdinand Habsburg.
French rookie Gabriel Aubry was on course for a debut top-five finish when he stopped in the closing stages of the race - and the same fate had befallen his fellow French F4 graduate Sacha Fenestraz earlier.
The only other retirements of the race were Alex Perullo and Hugo de Sadeleer, the former hitting the latter at a high speed in Turn 13 after an unsuccessful attempt to pass Rodrigo Pflucker.
Race 1 results:
|1||Max Defourny||R-ace GP||27'16.334|
|2||Lando Norris||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1.847|
|3||Jehan Daruvala||Josef Kaufmann Racing||7.349|
|4||Harrison Scott||AVF by Adrian Valles||7.724|
|5||Robert Shwartzman||Josef Kaufmann Racing||12.632|
|6||Bruno Baptista||Fortec Motorsports||16.519|
|7||Henrique Chaves Jr.||AVF by Adrian Valles||18.894|
|8||Nikita Troitskiy||Fortec Motorsports||20.268|
|9||Alexey Korneev||JD Motorsport||21.494|
|10||Ferdinand Habsburg||Fortec Motorsports||22.297|
|11||Dorian Boccolacci||Tech 1 Racing||24.056|
|12||Nerses Isaakyan||AVF by Adrian Valles||27.159|
|13||Will Palmer||R-ace GP||27.479|
|14||Vasily Romanov||Fortec Motorsports||27.687|
|15||Julien Falchero||R-ace GP||27.951|
|16||Rodrigo Pflucker||Cram Motorsport||29.179|
|17||James Allen||JD Motorsport||31.379|
|18||David Porcelli||MGR Motorsport||41.685|
|19||Julia Pankiewicz||AVF by Adrian Valles||50.361|
|20||David Richert||Cram Motorsport||50.964|
|Ret||Gabriel Aubry||Tech 1 Racing|
|Ret||Hugo de Sadeleer||Tech 1 Racing|
|Ret||Sacha Fenestraz||Tech 1 racing|
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