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Colapinto wins again as Saucy strengthens hold on FREC title

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: FRECA

Fraco Colapinto claimed another lights-to-flag victory in a straightforward Formula Regional European Championship race at the Red Bull Ring.

The MP Motorsport driver controlled the race from the beginning to the end to repeat his pole to win performance of Saturday.

ART Grand Prix’s Gregoire Saucy finished second and extended his championship lead by 18 points, as closest rival Hadrien David retired.

The safety car was out on lap one as a result of David’s opening corner collision with Michael Belov, which spectacularly wiped both out.

Third place behind Saucy went to FA Racing’s Gabriel Bortoleto, who claimed his maiden podium.

Several battles took place behind the top three, with Prema’s Dino Beganovic making the most of the first laps to move up from 12th on the grid to sixth.

R-ace GP’s Isack Hadjar closed the gap with his team-mate Zane Maloney, and attempted a move for fourth with half of the race to go. However, Maloney defended well and he kept the position as Hadjar ran wide at turn three.

There was also an intense battle for 10th between ART GP’s rookie Gabriele Mini and Prema’s David Vidales, with the Spaniard claiming the last point in a race otherwise lacking in overtaking.

Reigning FREC champion Gianluca Petecof, returning to the series this weekend with KIC Motorsport, finished in 16th.

The Brazilian driver had struggled in qualifying and then being forced to retire from Saturday’s race, and he could only make up one place from his race two starting position.

Race results (21 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 32m04.927s
2 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix +1.057s
3 Gabriel Bortoleto FA Racing by MP +4.016s
4 Zane Maloney R-ace GP +7.048s
5 Isack Hadjar R-ace GP +7.831s
6 Dino Beganovic Prema +9.133s
7 Pietro Delli Guanti Monolite Racing +11.072s
8 William Alatalo Arden +12.028s
9 Alex Quinn Arden +12.308s
10 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix +12.931s
11 David Vidales Prema +14.829s
12 Mari Boya Van Amersfoort Racing +16.115s
13 Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing +19.319s
14 Oliver Goethe MP Motorsport +20.844s
15 Ido Cohen JD Motorsport +21.776s
16 Gianluca Petecof KIC Motorsport +22.946s
17 Patrik Pasma ART Grand Prix +23.258s
18 Andrea Rosso FA Racing by MP +23.574s
19 Paul Aron Prema +25.175s
20 Lorenzo Fluxa Van Amersfoort Racing +27.494s
21 Elias Seppanen KIC Motorsport +30.048s
22 Nicola Marinangeli Arden +33.889s
23 Nico Gohler KIC Motorsport +35.280s
24 Eduardo Barrichello JD Motorsport +36.846s
25 Axel Gnos G4 Racing +37.185s
26 Tommy Smith JD Motorsport +37.383s
27 Jose Garfias Monolite Racing +28.862s
28 Emidio Pesce DR Formula +41.268s
29 Lena Buhler R-ace GP +47.300s
Ret Kas Haverkort MP Motorsport
Ret Alexandre Bardinon FA Racing by MP
Ret Michael Belov G4 Racing
Ret Hadrien David R-ace GP
Fastest lap: Colapinto, 1m26.569s

Championship standings
Saucy 217   2 David 147   3 Maloney 138   4 Hadjar 112   5 Mini 109   6 Aron 109   7 Quinn 94   8 Colapinto 86   9 Alatalo 81   10 Pasma 55