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Lundgaard takes Eurocup lead from Ye with victory at Spa

by Bethonie Waring

Christian Lundgaard moved into the Eurocup Formula Renault championship lead with his second victory of the season at Spa-Francorchamps in a race that ended behind the safety car.

The MP Motorsport driver had managed to build a gap to the rest of the field after battling with Arden’s Oscar Piastri in the early stages of the race.

His victory came under threat when Sharon Scolari span into the barriers five minutes before the chequered flag, bringing out the safety car. Ye Yifei, running second, had no chance to challenge for the lead, with the race coming to an end under safety car conditions.

Lundgaard spent the opening lap swapping positions with Piastri and poleman Lorenzo Colombo of JD Motorsport, before the latter dropped down the order.

A wide moment for Piastri allowed Ye to snatch second, but the Arden driver bounced back, reclaiming the position on the run to La Source.

The pair continued to battle, allowing Lundgaard to pull away at the front of the order, and Fortec Motorsport’s Arthur Rougier to close onto the back of the battle.

Ye managed to retake second before the safety car neutralised the field, but it wasn?t enough to retain the title lead, with Lundgaard sneaking ahead by a single point.

Piastri completed the podium ahead of Rougier, Max Fewtrell and Colombo.

Thomas Maxwell and Richard Verschoor took seventh and eighth, with Logan Sargeant and Charles Milesi rounding out the top 10.

Phil Hill was the top driver eligible for Northern European Cup points, finishing 19th overall.


Race results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Christian Lundgaard MP Motorsport 11 laps
2 Yifei Ye Josef Kaufmann Racing +2.821s
3 Oscar Piastri Arden +3.284s
4 Arthur Rougier Fortec Motorsports +4.048s
5 Max Fewtrell R-ace GP +4.661s
6 Lorenzo Colombo JD Motorsport +5.338s
7 Thomas Maxwell JD Motorsport +5.904s
8 Richard Verschoor Josef Kaufmann Racing +6.359s
9 Logan Sargeant R-ace GP +6.895s
10 Charles Milesi R-ace GP +7.411s
11 Aleksandr Smolyar Tech 1 Racing +8.472s
12 Jarno Opmeer MP Motorsport +9.168s
13 Raul Guzman Fortec Motorsports +9.904s
14 Frank Bird Tech 1 Racing +11.397s
15 Eliseo Martinez AVF +12.682s
16 Nikita Volegov Arden +14.190s
17 Sami Taoufik Arden +16.311s
18 Najiy Razak JD Motorsport +22.956s
19 Phil Hill Anders Motorsport +23.679s
20 Vladimir Tziortzis Fortec Motorsports +24.238s
21 Christian Munoz AVF +28.390s
22 Xavier Lloveras AVF +31.892s
23 Douried Ghattas Anders Motorsport +32.702s
24 Gabriel Gandula R-ace GP +35.474s
25 Neil Verhagen Tech 1 Racing +1 lap
26 Sharon Scolari ScoRace Team +1 lap
Ret Victor Martins R-ace GP
Ret Axel Matus AVF
Ret Alex Peroni MP Motorsport
Fastest Lap: Martins, 2m21.751s

Eurocup standings
?Lundgaard 143 ??2?Ye 142 ??3?Fewtrell 119.5? ?4 Martins 102? ?5?Colombo 84.5 ??6?Milesi 83.5 ??7?Sargeant 82 ??8 Peroni 65? ?9 Piastri 51 ??10 Verhagen 33

Northern European Cup standings
1 Sargeant 87? ?2 Martins 83? ?3 Hill 72? ?4 Ghattas 72? ?5 Gandula 68? ?6?Peroni 60? ?7?Thomas Neubauer 58? ?8?Milesi 57? ?9 Bird 52? ?10 Lundgaard 48