Home Formula 3Formula Renault Eurocup Bruno Bonifacio claims first Eurocup win at Spa

Bruno Bonifacio claims first Eurocup win at Spa

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Gregory Lenormand / DPPI / Renault Sport Media

Photo: Gregory Lenormand / DPPI / Renault Sport Media

Prema Powerteam’s Bruno Bonifacio secured his first victory in the Eurocup Formula Renault series in race two of the second round at Spa-Francorchamps.

Bonifacio led a Prema 1-2 at the line, with Norwegian teammate Dennis Olsen finishing just 0.7s behind.

Poleman Nyck de Vries had a solid getaway off the line and led the field into turn one. A number of drivers closely followed the Dutchman out of Eau Rouge and into the Kemmel straight, but de Vries kept them at bay and held on to the lead.

With lots of drivers trying to line up behind the Dutchman into Les Combes, there was inevitable contact when Egor Orudzhev collided with front row starter Aurelien Panis, sending the Frenchman into a spin.

Bonifacio and Olsen managed to assume second and third respectively amidst the chaos and, on lap three, the Brazilian got a run on de Vries on the Kemmel straight and took the lead.

From that point on, Bonifacio managed to establish a relatively safe gap over de Vries, albeit the Dutchman stayed within a second off the lead for much of the race. At some point, the Koiranen man got close enough to start planning a move on Bonifacio, but the Brazilian was given a breather when Olsen suddenly ramped up the pressure in the fight for second.

On lap eight, Olsen managed to get a good run out of Eau Rouge and tried to pass the Dutchman on the right side of the track. De Vries attempted an aggressive block, even pushing Olsen on the grass, but the Norwegian didn’t ease off and was finally ahead into Les Combes.

During the final laps, de Vries dropped back from the Prema duo and came under pressure from Callan O’Keeffe, who had a couple of attempts on the Kemmel straight but ultimately couldn’t get through.

Ahead, Bonifacio comfortably brought the car home despite pressure from Olsen, as the duo wrapped up a Prema Powerteam 1-2. De Vries held on to second, while O’Keeffe kept teammate Levin Amweg at bay for fourth, scoring his first points in the series.

Anthoine Hubert was involved in a lengthy battle with Orudzhev for sixth and eventually prevailed. Guest driver Matevos Isaakyan picked up a superb seventh for JD Motorsport with Hans Villemi beating a struggling Orudzhev to eighth. Andrea Pizzitola was tenth while Matt Parry scored the final point.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Bruno Bonifacio Prema Powerteam 12 laps in 27:37.090
2 Dennis Olsen Prema Powerteam +0.708
3 Nyck de Vries Koiranen GP +3.739
4 Callan O’Keeffe ART Junior Team +4.650
5 Levin Amweg ART Junior Team +5.044
6 Anthoine Hubert Tech 1 Racing +6.483
7 Matevos Isaakyan JD Motorsport +7.181
8 Hans Villemi Prema Powerteam +10.301
9 Egor Orudzhev Tech 1 Racing +11.924
10 Andrea Pizzitola Manor MP Motorsport +12.570
11 Matt Parry Fortec Motorsports +13.076
12 Ignazio D’Agosto Koiranen GP +13.553
13 Steijn Schothorst Manor MP Motorsport +16.910
14 Kevin Jorg Josef Kaufmann Racing +23.067
15 Simon Gachet ARTA Engineering +24.541
16 Louis Deletraz AVF +25.633
17 Nick Cassidy Koiranen GP +25.748
18 Matthew Graham AVF +28.050
19 Luke Chudleigh Tech 1 Racing +29.062
20 Jack Aitken Fortec Motorsports +29.888
21 Gustav Malja Josef Kaufmann Racing +30.870
22 Jake Hughes Mark Burdett Motorsport +31.090
23 Dario Capitanio BVM Racing +31.648
24 Raoul Owens Mark Burdett Motorsport +31.873
25 Akash Nandy Tech 1 Racing +32.468
26 Martin Rump Fortec Motorsports +33.253
27 Patric Armand Tech 1 Racing +37.779
28 Aurelien Panis ART Junior Team +41.617
29 Denis Korneev JD Motorsport +43.396
30 Charles Leclerc Fortec Motorsports +44.413
31 Julio Moreno Manor MP Motorsport +44.555
32 Gregor Ramsay KTR +45.545
33 Josef Zaruba AVF +47.363
34 Vasily Romanov Tech 1 Racing +47.492
35 Alex Bosak Prema Powerteam +55.457
36 Semen Evstigneev BVM Racing +1:14.581
37 Alexander Albon KTR +1:15.778
Not classified
Thiago Vivacqua Fortec Motorsports +5 laps
James Allen ARTA Engineering +7 laps
Ryan Tveter Josef Kaufmann Racing +11 laps