Spa Eurocup: De Sadeleer takes maiden win after Defourny's jump start

Hugo de Sadeleer took his maiden Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 win in Race 1 at Spa-Francorchamps, leading a Tech 1 Racing 1-2.

Spa Eurocup: De Sadeleer takes maiden win after Defourny's jump start
Hugo De Sadeleer, Tech 1 Racing
Max Defourny, R-ace GP
Lando Norris, Josef Kaufmann Racing
Harrison Scott, AVF by Adrian Valles
Sacha Fenestraz, Tech 1 Racing
Lando Norris, Josef Kaufmann Racing
Ghislain Cordeel, JD Motorsport
Sacha Fenestraz, Tech 1 Racing
Ghislain Cordeel, JD Motorsport
Max Defourny, R-ace GP

A jump start from R-ace GP’s Max Defourny gave the title contender the lead of the race, as polesitter Lando Norris in second battled with a fast starter Will Palmer on the Kemmel Straight.

The two collided going into Les Combes, with Palmer losing his front wing after it touched Norris’ right rear. The R-ace GP driver eventually retiring from the race.

Meanwhile, the Josef Kaufmann Racing driver continued on, but lost a place not only to de Sadeleer but also Boccolacci, dropping down to fourth.

As expected, Defourny was handed a drive-through penalty which dropped him to 15th, giving de Sadeleer the lead from teammate Boccolacci, with Norris in third.

While Boccolacci and Norris kept on the fight for second, de Sadeleer enjoyed his lead upfront taking not only his first podium, but also his maiden Eurocup win, having started the race from sixth.

In the end, Boccolacci fended off late pressure from Norris to finish second, with Sacha Fenestraz fourth and Gabriel Aubry sixth, making it a Tech 1 Racing 1-2-4-6 - much to the delight of the French team.

Behind the top four, JD Motorsport’s James Allen enjoyed strong pace to end fifth, making up six places from 11th on the grid.

Fortec’s Ferdinand Habsburg and Nikita Troitskiy made good inroads in the race to finish seventh and eighth respectively.

Both managing to go past the Force India protégé Jehan Daruvala, the Indian having made up places at the start, only to lose them to finish ninth.

R-ace GP’s Julien Falchero rounded off the top 10, as Defourny only managed 11th in the end, scoring no points to Norris’ 15 in the title battle.

Race 1 results:

 PosDriver Team Laps  Time  Delay 
 Hugo de Sadeleer Tech 1 Racing 12 27'57.292  
 Dorian Boccolacci Tech 1 Racing 12 27'58.709 1.417
 Lando Norris Josef Kaufmann Racing 12 27'59.496 2.204
 Sacha Fenestraz Tech 1 Racing 12 28'02.659 5.367
 James Allen JD Motorsport 12 28'04.625 7.333
 Gabriel Aubry Tech 1 Racing 12 28'05.784 8.492
 Ferdinand Habsburg Fortec Motorsports 12 28'09.052 11.760
 Nikita Troitskiy Fortec Motorsports 12 28'12.617 15.325
 Jehan Daruvala Josef Kaufmann Racing 12 28'14.066 16.774
10   Julien Falchero R-ace GP 12 28'14.747 17.455
11   Max Defourny R-ace GP 12 28'17.849 20.557
12   Alexey Korneev JD Motorsport 12 28'27.597 30.305
13   Ghislain Cordeel GMMA Formula Racing 12 28'28.576 31.284
14   Harrison Scott AVF by Adrian Valles 12 30'05.570 2'08.278
15   Bruno Baptista Fortec Motorsports 10 23'55.643  
16   Alessandro Perullo Technorace 9 21'13.435  
17   Henrique Chaves Jr. AVF by Adrian Valles 9 21'29.824  
Ret  Robert Shwartzman Josef Kaufmann Racing 4 9'17.792  
Ret  Will Palmer R-ace GP 1 2'16.740  
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