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Isaakyan heads JD 1-2 in second Spa race

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Formula Renault 2.0 Alps

Photo: Formula Renault 2.0 Alps

Matevos Isaakyan survived a late safety-car restart to claim his fourth victory in Formula Renaut 2.0 Alps in race two at Spa-Francorchamps.

Isaakyan, who has now finished four of the last five Alps races in the top two, headed home a 1-2 result for his team JD Motorsport.

The Italian squad had previously locked out the front row, with Thiago Vivacqua on pole, but Isaakyan passed his teammate on the opening lap to take control of the race early on.

The Russian was allowed to storm off as Vivacqua was embroiled in a heated battle for second, just barely keeping Jake Hughes at bay for much of the race.

A late safety car, brought out for a three-car pileup involving Stefan Riener, James Allen and Danyil Pronenko, could’ve made for a twist in the race as the green flag was waved with just two laps to go.

But Isaakyan checked out immediately and Vivacqua held off a group of drivers, finishing a career-best second, 3.4s adrift.

Hughes beat teammate Jack Aitken to claim the final podium spot, with Vasily Romanov bringing up the top five.

Koiranen’s Philip Hamprecht was sixth, ahead of newcomer Alessio Lorandi and Cram’s TJ Fischer, while Bruno Baptista and Daniele Cazzaniga rounded out the top ten.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Matevos Isaakyan JD Motorsport 11 laps in 29:02.393
2 Thiago Vivacqua JD Motorsport +3.471
3 Jake Hughes Koiranen GP +3.721
4 Jack Aitken Koiranen GP +5.132
5 Vasily Romanov Cram Motorsport +5.640
6 Philip Hamprecht Koiranen GP +6.443
7 Alessio Lorandi GSK Grand Prix +7.632
8 TJ Fischer Cram Motorsport +7.984
9 Bruno Baptista Koiranen GP +9.039
10 Daniele Cazzaniga GSK Grand Prix +12.534
11 Denis Bulatov GSK Grand Prix +12.971
12 Mahaveer Raghunathan Cram Motorsport +14.649
Not classified
Danyil Pronenko BVM Racing +5 laps
Stefan Riener Koiranen GP +5 laps
James Allen ARTA Engineering +5 laps