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Leclerc inherits maiden Alps win at Monza

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Fast Lane Promotion

Photo: Fast Lane Promotion

Monegasque racer Charles Leclerc has become the third race-winner of the 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps season.

Leclerc finished second on the road and was promoted to first due to poleman Stefan Riener‘s penalty.

The Cram Motorsport driver comfortably led the opening laps of the race but was found guilty of having jumped the start and picked up an additional ten seconds to his finishing time. With the German running a couple of seconds ahead, a very close fight for second unfolded between Leclerc and Matevos Isaakyan.

As Riener’s penalty was announced, the battle between Leclerc and Isaakyan took on an entirely new meaning. However, the intrigue was over in just a couple of laps, when the SMP-colored machine of the Russian racer was collected by the lapped car of Sun Zheng spinning out of Parabolica.

Following Isaakyan’s retirement, Leclerc managed to maintain a relatively stable gap to Riener and finished well within the ten-second window, inheriting the victory.

Riener’s Cram teammate Alessio Rovera also managed to keep up and finished eight seconds behind, which allowed him to pick up second place and demoted Riener to third.

Championship leader Nyck de Vries charged his way through the field to take fourth at the flag. The race leader’s penalty gave de Vries a feasible chance of maintaining his streak of podium finishes, but the Dutchman couldn’t stay within ten seconds of Riener and had to settle for a solid fourth place.

Ben Barnicoat fought his way up to fifth, finishing two seconds ahead of Luke Chudleigh and Martin Kodric. Semen Evstigneev was eighth at the flag but received ten seconds post-race for cutting the chicane. As such, Akash Nandy, Matteo Gonfiantini and Alex Bosak rounded out the top ten.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Charles Leclerc Fortec Motorsports 15 laps in 27:56.899
2 Alessio Rovera Cram Motorsport +3.860
3 Stefan Riener Cram Motorsport +5.891*
4 Nyck de Vries Koiranen GP +6.895
5 Ben Barnicoat Fortec Motorsports +12.436
6 Luke Chudleigh Tech 1 Racing +14.457
7 Martin Kodric Fortec Motorsports +14.673
8 Akash Nandy Tech 1 Racing +16.837
9 Matteo Gonfiantini TS Corse +19.104
10 Alex Bosak Prema Powerteam +19.400
11 Dario Capitanio BVM Racing +23.164
12 Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport +25.362
13 Semen Evstigneev BVM Racing +25.635*
14 Daniele Cazzaniga GSK Grand Prix +25.785
15 Thiago Vivacqua Fortec Motorsports +28.984
16 Danyil Pronenko BVM Racing +30.994
17 Hong Li Ye Koiranen Motorsport +38.311
18 Pietro Peccenini TS Corse +45.948
19 Marek Bockmann Jenzer Motorsport +1 lap
Not classifed
Matevos Isaakyan JD Motorsport +9 laps
Sun Zheng China BRT by JCS +10 laps
Hugo de Sadeleer Tech 1 Racing +11 laps
Simon Gachet ARTA Engineering +12 laps
Yuan Bo Koiranen GP +12 laps
James Allen ARTA Engineering +12 laps
Patric Armand Tech 1 Racing +14 laps
Denis Korneev JD Motorsport +14 laps
Jack Aitken Fortec Motorsports +15 laps

* – 10-second post-race penalty