Eurocup Formula Renault points leader Nyck de Vries has edged closer towards the series title with a victory in race one of the penultimate round at Paul Ricard.
The Dutchman got a good start from pole position and proceeded to pull away from the field, increasing his advantage over the rest with each lap.
Alex Albon, who started the race in second, also managed to edge away from the opposition over the opening laps, but soon slowed down his pace.
This allowed Tech 1’s Egor Orudzhev to close in on him. The Russian, who had fallen behind Aurelien Panis earlier in the race but then retook third place, slowly but surely caught up with Albon and overtook him for second with mere seconds remaining on the clock.
The Thai racer had to settle for third, with Panis closing out the top four.
Andrea Pizzitola held off fellow title contender Dennis Olsen for fifth, while Kevin Jorg kept Bruno Bonifacio at bay in seventh. Gustav Malja and Hans Villemi rounded out the points.
With de Vries winning and closest rival Olsen only sixth, the Dutchman will need to finish in the top three in race two tomorrow to guarantee the title.
|1||Nyck de Vries||Koiranen GP||13 laps in 27:27.090|
|2||Egor Orudzhev||Tech 1 Racing||+11.050|
|4||Aurelien Panis||ART Junior Team||+13.218|
|5||Andrea Pizzitola||Manor MP Motorsport||+16.426|
|6||Dennis Olsen||Prema Powerteam||+16.643|
|7||Kevin Jorg||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+20.418|
|8||Bruno Bonifacio||Prema Powerteam||+20.782|
|9||Gustav Malja||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+27.015|
|10||Hans Villemi||Prema Powerteam||+27.365|
|11||Martin Rump||Fortec Motorsports||+28.361|
|12||Anthoine Hubert||Tech 1 Racing||+28.877|
|13||Steijn Schothorst||Manor MP Motorsport||+29.356|
|14||Ignazio D’Agosto||Koiranen GP||+34.430|
|15||Ryan Tveter||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+34.926|
|17||Patric Armand||Tech 1 Racing||+38.369|
|18||Hugo de Sadeleer||Tech 1 Racing||+39.478|
|19||Levin Amweg||ART Junior Team||+42.101|
|21||Jack Aitken||Fortec Motorsports||+45.234|
|23||Simon Gachet||ART Junior Team||+1:23.897|
|24||Hong Li Ye||Koiranen GP||+1 lap|
|Jules Gounon||AVF||+7 laps|
|Gregor Ramsay||KTR||+13 laps|
|Matt Parry||Fortec Motorsports||+13 laps|