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Gabriel Aubry wins Hungaroring Eurocup race two from second on the grid

by Peter Allen


Gabriel Aubry claimed his first Formula Renault Eurocup win in race two of three at the Hungaroring, getting ahead at the start and driving away from championship leader Will Palmer.

Sacha Fenestraz had set the pace in the dry running so far this week and started the race from pole position, but didn’t make the best start and despite trying to cover Aubry, he lost out to his former team-mate on the run to Turn 1.

Third-place starter Palmer also got past Fenestraz, completing the move at Turn 2.

Aubry’s advantage was only 0.7 seconds at the end of the first lap, but once Palmer started to come under pressure from Fenestraz, he was able to pull away, winning by 4.7s.

The Tech 1 Racing driver starts on pole position for race three courtesy of the second-fastest times from second qualifying.

Palmer managed to deal with the threat of Fenestraz to finish second, fighting back after his failure to score due to electrical issues in race one to extend his championship lead to 11 points.

Fenestraz instead came under attack from Max Defourny, with the Belgian briefly getting ahead down the inside of Turn 1 with four minutes left on the clock, only for the Franco-Argentine to reclaim the place on the outside into Turn 2.

He is now 14 points behind Palmer but only three behind Robert Shwartzman, who finished fifth.

Max Fewtrell passed Yifei Ye to be the top rookie in sixth place, ahead of Alexander Vartanyan.

Race one winner Dan Ticktum finished ninth, having had one of his disallowed qualifying laps reinstated to enable him to start 12th and 11th in Sunday’s races rather than 18th and 27th.

He passed Alexey Korneev for ninth on the second lap.