Charles Milesi picked up his second win in a week with a lights-to-flag victory in the second Formula Renault Eurocup race at Monaco.
The pole-sitter held onto the lead at the start of the race, but couldn?t pull away from fellow front row starter Alex Peroni. Peroni kept the pressure on Milesi in the opening stages of the race, but eventually fell away from the leader.
Milesi enjoyed a quiet second half of the race, putting in a faultless drive to finish 1.6s ahead of Peroni and climb to third in the standings.
After passing Yifei Ye around the outside at the start, Victor Martins managed to close the gap to Peroni in the closing stages of the race. He finished just behind the race one winner to take his second podium of the weekend.
Third puts him ahead of Lorenzo Colombo in the championship standings. Colombo, who had started fifth, held onto the position after coming under attack from Christian Lundgaard, but came to a stop early in the race. The JD Motorsport driver was forced to retire and is set to drop to seventh in the championship standings.
Ye, who finished fourth, extended his lead at the top of the order by a further two points to Lundgaard, who finished fifth.
Max Defourny picked up sixth, ahead of Neil Verhagen and Max Fewtrell. Logan Sargeant finished ninth but retained third in the championship standings, while?Thomas Maxwell completed the top 10.
Thomas Neubauer, Axel Matus and Christian Hahn came together at the hairpin late in the race. Neubauer and Matus appeared to make contact ahead of Hahn and the Fortec driver had nowhere to go.
The trio were stuck on track as they attempted to point their Formula Renaults back in the right direction. Neubauer and Hahn eventually managed to continue, though Hahn did suffer damage to his front wing, but Matus couldn?t get his Renault started again and suffered his fourth retirement of the season.
Race results (18 laps)
|1||Charles Milesi||R-ace GP||27m43.183s|
|2||Alex Peroni||MP Motorsport||+1.635s|
|3||Victor Martins||R-ace GP||+2.769s|
|4||Yifei Ye||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+4.906s|
|5||Christian Lundgaard||MP Motorsport||+7.117s|
|6||Max Defourny||MP Motorsport||+9.449s|
|7||Neil Verhagen||Tech 1 Racing||+13.573s|
|8||Max Fewtrell||R-ace GP||+14.963s|
|9||Logan Sargeant||R-ace GP||+15.358s|
|10||Thomas Maxwell||JD Motorsport||+16.156s|
|11||Aleksandr Smolyar||Tech 1 Racing||+16.662s|
|13||Richard Verschoor||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+20.187s|
|14||Arthur Rougier||Fortec Motorsports||+20.992s|
|16||Raul Guzman||Fortec Motorsports||+24.731s|
|19||Najiy Razak||JD Motorsport||+36.501s|
|20||Frank Bird||Tech 1 Racing||+37.439s|
|21||Vladimiros Tziortzis||Fortec Motorsports||+40.269s|
|22||Clement Novalak||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+45.457s|
|23||Thomas Neubauer||Tech 1 Racing||+54.825s|
|24||Christian Hahn||Fortec Motorsports||+1m13.341s|
|Ret||Lorenzo Colombo||JD Motorsport|
|Fastest Lap: Peroni, 1m31.466s