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De Vries secures victory in incident-ridden Spa race

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Fast Lane Promotion

Photo: Fast Lane Promotion

Having been denied victory despite starting from pole in two Eurocup races at Spa last weekend, Nyck de Vries broke the pattern by winning the first race of the Alps round at the Belgian track.

The Koiranen driver got a superb getaway off the line and managed to keep the opposition at bay throughout the Kemmel straight and into Les Combes.

Despite serious pressure from fellow front row starter Matevos Isaakyan, de Vries maintained the lead on lap two when the first safety car of the race came out due to an incident involving Dario Capitanio and Raoul Owens.

The safety car would come into the pits during that very same lap and, while both de Vries and Isaakyan kept position, Charles Leclerc managed to overtake Simon Gachet for third. Over the next few laps, de Vries maintained the gap to Isaakyan, who in turn pulled clear of the opposition.

Another safety car period was triggered on lap seven, seemingly caused by an incident involving Pietro Fittipaldi, who was having a superb debut race up to that point. The stoppage ended up leaving little time for green flag racing and, when the race went back to green, it was for one final lap.

This time around, the Dutchman didn’t have a particularly good restart, but managed to keep Isaakyan at bay through the first sector, which proved essential in securing him his fifth win of the Alps season. The Russian picked up his fourth podium in five races, while Leclerc rounded out the top three.

Gachet retired on the final lap, allowing Luke Chudleigh to take fourth. Akash Nandy picked up fifth, narrowly leading Seb Morris and Patric Armand.

George Russell, Denis Korneev and Stefan Riener rounded out the top ten.

UPDATE; Stefan Riener was among those penalized post-race, with his 25-second penalty promoting Marek Bockmann into tenth.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Nyck de Vries Koiranen GP 10 laps in 28:29.072
2 Matevos Isaakyan JD Motorsport +0.344
3 Charles Leclerc Fortec Motorsports +1.637
4 Luke Chudleigh Tech 1 Racing +2.961
5 Akash Nandy Tech 1 Racing +4.349
6 Seb Morris Fortec Motorsports +4.660
7 Patric Armand Tech 1 Racing +4.869
8 George Russell Koiranen GP +5.201
9 Denis Korneev JD Motorsport +6.661
10 Marek Bockmann Jenzer Motorsport +9.159
11 Jorge Cevallos Fortec Motorsports +11.553
12 Matteo Gonfiantini TS Corse +12.150
13 Hong Li Ye Koiranen Motorsport +12.301
14 Alessio Rovera Cram Motorsport +12.603
15 Kang Ling Koiranen GP +13.141
16 Sun Zheng China BRT by JCS +13.770
17 Daniele Cazzaniga GSK Grand Prix +14.731
18 Pietro Peccenini TS Corse +17.216
19 Hugo de Sadeleer Tech 1 Racing +18.461
20 Stefan Riener Cram Motorsport +32.612*
21 Yuan Bo Koiranen GP +40.883
22 Danyil Pronenko AS Motorsport by GSK +42.896*
23 Simon Gachet ARTA Engineering +1 lap
24 Martin Kodric Fortec Motorsports +1 lap
25 Alex Bosak Prema Powerteam +1 lap
Not classifed
Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport +4 laps
James Allen ARTA Engineering +5 laps
Raoul Owens Mark Burdett Motorsport +9 laps
Ben Barnicoat Fortec Motorsports +9 laps
EX Thiago Vivacqua Fortec Motorsports +27.421
EX Semen Evstigneev BVM Racing +1 lap
EX Dario Capitanio BVM Racing +9 laps

* – 25-second penalty