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Aitken cruises to victory at soaking Spielberg in first Alps race

by Gruz David
Photo: Fast Lane Promotions

Photo: Fast Lane Promotions

Jack Aitken converted his pole position into a dominant race win in a wet first Formula Renault 2.0 Alps race at Spielberg.

Having started on pole, Aitken gave no chance to his chasers as he was significantly the fastest driver in the opening stage, which allowed him to finish with a lead of 19 seconds.

Unable to challenge for the lead, Matevos Isaakyan completed a calm race in second, while Stefan Riener secured third, despite running most of the race in fourth.

Although it was Jake Hughes who occupied the final podium position after gaining six places at the start, the Briton dropped three places during the final?laps.

JD’s Thiago Vivacqua and ARTA’s James Allen survived the difficult weather conditions in fourth and fifth ahead of Hughes, both of them recording their best finish of the season.

Ukranian Danylo Pronenko secured seventh, while Amaury Richard, Philip Hamprecht and Denis Bulatov completed the top ten.

Wildcard entrant Anton de Pasquale was running fifth in the first half of the race but his Alps debut has ended prematurely after problems occurring with the pit limiter of his car.

Race one results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Jack Aitken Koiranen GP 16 laps in 28:32.561
2 Matevos Isaakyan JD Motorsport +18.933
3 Stefan Riener Koiranen GP +33.083
4 Thiago Vivacqua JD Motorsport +45.991
5 James Allen ARTA Engineering +46.592
6 Jake Hughes Koiranen GP +54.765
7 Danylo Pronenko BVM Racing +1:07.001
8 Amaury Richard ARTA Engineering +1:09.625
9 Philip Hamprecht Koiranen GP +1:16.007
10 Denis Bulatov GSK Grand Prix +1:42.006
11 Matteo Ferrer Cram Motorsport +4 laps
Not classified
Anton de Pasquale Koiranen GP +6 laps
Bruno Baptista Koiranen GP +7 laps
Vasily Romanov Cram Motorsport +10 laps
Daniele Cazzaniga GSK Grand Prix +16 laps
TJ Fischer Cram Motorsport +16 laps