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Malja wins NEC race two at the Nurburgring

by Gruz David
Photo: Evers Media / Formu;a Renault 2.0 NEC

Photo: Evers Media / Formu;a Renault 2.0 NEC

Gustav Malja took his second victory of the season after a confident drive in the final Formula Renault NEC weekend’s second race.

The Swede started from second and, with a slightly better getaway than polesitter Josef Zaruba, took the inside line into turn one. He emerged in the lead and maintained first until the checkered flag.

Although AVF driver Zaruba missed out on the victory, he still celebrated his first podium of the season, withstanding race-long pressure from race one winner Andrea Pizzitola.

Championship leader Ben Barnicoat passed his main rival Louis Deletraz?at the start for fourth and kept this position to extend his championship lead by one point.

Seb Morris and Steijn Schothorst finished sixth and seventh respectively, while the AVF duo of Matthew Graham and Jules Gounon, and ART Junior Team driver Jake Hughes rounded out the top ten.

Before the season final, Barnicoat leads the championship by 16 points over Deletraz, with 30 up for grabs. The Brit starts 15th in the final race, with the Swiss racer lining up in fourth. As such, even if Deletraz wins, Barnicoat could ensure his title by making it to the top seven.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Gustav Malja Josef Kaufmann Racing 13 laps in 25:42.205
2 Josef Zaruba AVF +1.491
3 Andrea Pizzitola Manor MP Motorsport +2.110
4 Ben Barnicoat Fortec Motorsports +3.985
5 Louis Deletraz Josef Kaufmann Racing +4.626
6 Seb Morris Fortec Motorsports +5.190
7 Steijn Schothorst Manor MP Motorsport +5.765
8 Matthew Graham AVF +8.968
9 Jules Gounon AVF +9.740
10 Jake Hughes ART Junior Team +13.203
11 Callan O’Keeffe KTR +14.584
12 Ukyo Sasahara Euronova +15.209
13 Ryan Tveter Josef Kaufmann Racing +17.924
14 Raoul Owens Mark Burdett Motorsport +18.553
15 Roy Geerts AVF +28.703
16 Martin Kodric Fortec Motorsports +28.705
17 Robin Hansson Fragus BR Motorsport +28.866
18 Ivan Matveev Euronova +29.348
19 Inigo Bikuna AVF +39.130
20 Philip Hamprecht Inter Europol +39.884
21 Julio Moreno Manor MP +44.788
22 Harri Salminen PositiOne +50.562
23 Robert Siska Inter Europol +2:02.601
24 Stefan Riener Speedfish Racing +1 lap