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David leads home team-mate Bortoleto in FREC’s second Spa race

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: FRECA

Hadrien David took a commanding victory in the second Formula Regional Europe race at Spa-Francorchamps ahead of R-ace GP team-mate Gabriel Bortoleto.

However, David appeared to have passed Paul Aron for the lead on lap one just after the safety car had been deployed following a collision at La Source involving multiple cars. The stewards have confirmed a post-race investigation into respect for safety car procedures on the matter.

Noel Leon and Lorenzo Fluxa made contact on the exit of La Source, with Leon moving across towards the inside, clattering into Hamda Al Qubaisi. As Leon slowed with a broken suspension he was hit from behind by Pietro Armanni, while Santiago Ramos took evasive action. All five drivers were out, although Fluxa struggled around for two laps before retiring.

Once the safety car peeled in after three laps, David quickly pulled away at over half-a-second per lap.

Dino Beganovic drafted past Prema team-mate Aron on the Kemmel Straight, with Bortoleto following him through two laps later in the same place.

Bortoleto – armed like David with a fresh engine for Spa – was on a charge, rapidly catching and passing Beganovic for second. David, however, was already 3.5s up the road and out of reach.

Dudu Barrichello, maintaining his inspired weekend form, latched onto the leading groupand passed Tim Tramnitz for fifth. Tramnitz, in turn, was holding off a queue headed by Owen Tangavelou and Leonardo Fornaroli.

Behind that group, Gabriele Mini was seeking to make amends for a fraught weekend as he battled through from 10th on the grid. He disposed of Mari Boya, Fornaroli, Tangavelou and Tramnitz within the space of five laps to move up to sixth, including a perfectly executed move round the outside of Race Performance Motorsport’s Tangavelou at Les Combes.

The race finished behind the safety car due to a late spin into the Fagnes gravel by Piotr Wisnicki.

Race result
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Hadrien David R-ace GP 12 laps
2 Gabriel Bortoleto R-ace GP +0.529s
3 Dino Beganovic Prema +0.977s
4 Paul Aron Prema +1.659s
5 Eduardo Barrichello Arden +1.898s
6 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix +2.455s
7 Tim Tramnitz Trident +3.368s
8 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident +3.700s
9 Owen Tangavelou R-P-M +4.464s
10 Mari Boya MP Motorsport +4.596s
11 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport +5.651s
12 Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing +5.773s
13 Sebastian Montoya Prema +6.200s
14 Joshua Duerksen Arden +6.429s
15 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix +6.901s
16 Maceo Capietto Monolite Racing +7.855s
17 Victor Bernier FA Racing by MP +8.035s
18 Pietro Delli Guanti R-P-M +8.788s
19 Roman Bilinski Trident +9.282s
20 Levente Revesz Van Amersfoort Racing +9.547s
21 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing +10.365s
22 Esteban Masson ART Grand Prix +10.777s
23 Francesco Braschi FA Racing by MP +12.149s
24 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport +16.917s
25 Matias Zagazeta G4 Racing +17.194s
26 Nicola Marinangeli Monolite Racing +17.663s
27 Nicolas Baptiste FA Racing by MP +18.141s
Ret Piotr Wisnicki KIC Motorsport
Ret Lorenzo Fluxa R-ace GP
Ret Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema
Ret Noel Leon Arden
Ret Santiago Ramos KIC Motorsport
Ret Pietro Armanni Monolite Racing
Fastest lap: David, 2m16.438s

Championship standings
Beganovic 220   2 Mini 197   3 Aron 174   4 David 154   5 Haverkort 126   6 Bortoleto 110   7 Michael Belov 91   Boya 65   9 Fornaroli 57   10 Montoya 42