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Lundgaard takes Eurocup lead with first victory, title rivals Ye and Fewtrell clash

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Renault Sport Series

Renault F1 junior Christian Lundgaard secured MP Motorsport?s first win of the Eurocup Formula Renault season at Monza, after outgunning polesitter Lorenzo Colombo.

While Colombo and Lundgaard battled up front, title rivals Yifei Ye and Max Fewtrell clashed and spent their races back through the order from the back of the field.

Lundgaard waited until halfway through the 16-lap race to make his move to the front, by clinically passing the Italian driver around the outside of the della Roggia chicane.

Colombo kept Lundgaard under pressure after that, but the Danish driver resisted the attacks of the Italian ? even with a lockup late on.

This result means that the series has had four different race winners from the first four races of the season.

JD Motorsports driver Colombo finished in second place, and should be happy with a brilliant start to initially put him self out of Lundgaard’s way, and two subsequent restarts following two safety car periods.

The first incident involved Alex Peroni, who was chopped by Alexander Smolyar on the pit straight. Peroni then hit the wall and rebounded back onto the racing line, where Axel Matus and Vladimir Tziortzis were unable to avoid the MP driver.

The second incident was for Red Bull junior driver Neil Verhagen ? who appeared to go off on his own accord.

The event was a disaster for former points leader Fewtrell, who leaves Monza with no points added to his tally. The R-ace GP driver had contact with race one victor Ye at the Ascari Chicane after the first restart, and both lost many positions as a result. Fewtrell could only recover to 11th?place, while Ye limited his damage to seventh.

As a result, Lundgaard leads the championship by four points over Ye, the first rookie to be top of the championship this far into the season since Lando Norris in 2016.

Eurocup veteran and former rival of Norris, Max Defourny made it two MP drivers on the podium, after resisting late pressure from Logan Sargeant.

Sargeant worked his way up to fourth place after a lengthy battle with Victor Martins, although both eventually escaped from the entertaining battle for sixth, that involved five drivers at one point.

There was a scary near-miss moment late in the race, after Charles Milesi damaged his front wing on Raul Guzman at the della Roggia chicane, and then proceeded to launch over the sausage kerb, nearly t-boning two drivers.

UPDATE:?Ye was given a 10-second penalty for causing the collision with Fewtrell, dropping him to 15th and promoting Fewtrell into the final point-scoring position.


Race results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Christian Lundgaard MP Motorsport 16 laps
2 Lorenzo Colombo JD Motorsport +0.422s
3 Max Defourny MP Motorsport +2.447s
4 Logan Sargeant R-ace GP +2.900s
5 Victor Martins R-ace GP +4.324s
6 Thomas Neubauer Tech 1 Racing +11.289s
7 Thomas Maxwell JD Motorsport +11.951s
8 Frank Bird Tech 1 Racing +14.820s
9 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport +15.603s
10 Max Fewtrell R-ace GP +16.108s
11 Eliseo Martinez AVF +18.267s
12 Alexander Vartanyan Arden +19.282s
13 Sami Taoufik Arden +20.296s
14 Christian Munoz AVF +21.191s
15 Yifei Ye Josef Kaufmann Racing +21.893s*
16 Xavier Lloveras AVF +22.230s
17 Najiy Razak JD Motorsport +23.608s
18 Christian Hahn Fortec Motorsports +46.888s
19 Charles Milesi R-ace GP +1m10.977s
Ret Arthur Rougier Fortec Motorsports
Ret Raul Guzman Fortec Motorsports
Ret Oscar Piastri Arden
Ret Clement Novalak Josef Kaufmann Racing
Ret Neil Verhagen Tech 1 Racing
Ret Alexander Smolyar Tech 1 Racing
Ret Alex Peroni MP Motorsport
Ret Axel Matus AVF
Ret Vladimir Tziortzis Fortec Motorsports
*includes 10-second penalty

Fastest Lap: Ye, 1m50.534s

Championship Standings
?Lundgaard 68 ??2?Ye 58? ?3?Colombo 45??4?Fewtrell 44? ?5?Sargeant 41 ??6 Martins 30? ?7?Defourny 18 ??8?Piastri 18 ?9?Smolyar 16 ??10?Peroni 16