Aragon Eurocup: Norris scores maiden Formula Renault win in Race 2
Reigning MSA Formula and Toyota Racing Series champion Lando Norris took his maiden Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 victory in the second of three races at Aragon.
Starting second, Norris enjoyed a slightly better getaway that Max Defourny, going side-by-side with the Belgian through the opening sequence of corners and eventually edging ahead.
Defourny, winner of Race 1, soon found himself behind Dorian Boccolacci as well, the former Lotus junior taking second on the outside of the Turn 1.
In front, Norris showed superior pace to lead by two seconds in a couple of laps but his lead vanished after the collision between Fortec teammates Vasily Romanov and Nikita Troitskiy, which brought out the safety car.
Boccolacci managed to go nearly level with Norris on the restart but the latter held off the attack by forcing the Tech 1 driver to the outside.
Norris then slowly started to edge away to eventually take the chequered flag by 1.6s, not affected by small rain creating damp conditions for the final minutes.
Boccolacci took second with Harrison Scott completing the podium, having also overtaken Defourny, the pole-sitter settling for fourth.
Despite initially running fifth, Robert Shwartzman fell behind JKR teammate Jehan Daruvala and reigning BRDC F4 champion Will Palmer, the duo taking fifth and sixth respectively.
The Russian also lost out to Ferdinand Habsburg during the final lap with Portuguese driver Henrique Chaves and Gabriel Aubry completing the top 10.
The race concluded with a major incident between Nerses Isaakyan and Sacha Fenestraz, the latter forced off-track and then hitting the Russian at the braking point, Isaakyan's car flipping over as a result.
Race 2 results:
|1||Lando Norris||Josef Kaufmann Racing||28'34.871|
|2||Dorian Boccolacci||Tech 1 Racing||1.604|
|3||Harrison Scott||AVF by Adrian Valles||3.120|
|4||Max Defourny||R-ace GP||4.088|
|5||Jehan Daruvala||Josef Kaufmann Racing||4.701|
|6||Will Palmer||R-ace GP||13.145|
|7||Ferdinand Habsburg||Fortec Motorsports||13.388|
|8||Robert Shwartzman||Josef Kaufmann Racing||13.715|
|9||Henrique Chaves Jr.||AVF by Adrian Valles||13.808|
|10||Gabriel Aubry||Tech 1 Racing||14.156|
|11||Julien Falchero||R-ace GP||14.356|
|12||Bruno Baptista||Fortec Motorsports||15.187|
|13||James Allen||JD Motorsport||20.737|
|14||Sacha Fenestraz||Tech 1 Racing||28.350|
|15||Alexey Korneev||JD Motorsport||31.416|
|16||Rodrigo Pflucker||Cram Motorsport||33.263|
|17||David Porcelli||MGR Motorsport||38.154|
|18||David Richert||Cram Motorsport||48.601|
|19||Julia Pankiewicz||AVF by Adrian Valles||48.885|
|20||Nerses Isaakyan||AVF by Adrian Valles|
|Ret||Nikita Troitskiy||Fortec Motorsports|
|Ret||Vasiliy Romanov||Fortec Motorsports|
|Ret||Hugo de Sadeleer||Tech 1 Racing|
Aragon Eurocup: Defourny controls first race of season
Aragon Eurocup: Norris hangs on to take second win