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Martins is Formula Renault Eurocup champion as Colombo wins at Paul Ricard

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Marc de Mattia / DPPI

Victor Martins wrapped up the Formula Renault Eurocup title as Lorenzo Colombo took victory in the penultimate race of the season at Paul Ricard.

Bhaitech driver Colombo started on pole and led away from Martins early in the 30-minute race. He was able to open up a small gap before Martins started to reel him in slightly.

However, ART Grand Prix’s Martins was unable to find his way past and slipped into the clutches of title rival Caio Collet.

A forceful move from R-ace GP’s Collet meant he got past Martins, but the huge advantage the latter held in the championship race meant that the title was still swinging Martins’ way.

As such, Martins also dropped into the clutches of MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto and slipped off the podium. Despite that, he was still able to clinch the title with a race to spare.

Colombo’s victory over Collet was just over a second, with Collet closing in towards the end. Colapinto was over five seconds behind Collet, with Martins holding off Arden’s Alex Quinn, who finished as top rookie.

ART’s Gregoire Saucy was sixth, after JD Motorsport’s David Vidales was told by race control early on to let the Swiss driver through. That decision was then reversed again after the race, giving sixth back to Vidales.

Arden’s Ugo de Wilde finished eighth, ahead of MP’s Hadrien David. David started fifth but a poor start and a messy opening lap dropped him towards the lower reaches of the top 10. In the closing stages, he was able to pick off a couple of cars.

ART’s Paul Aron rounded out the top 10, although is under investigation for an incident on the opening lap. He finished outside of the top 10 on the road, having been passed by R-ace’s Michael Belov early on, but a penalty for Belov for a false start dropped him well down the order.

In his first Eurocup race, R-ace’s Elias Seppanen finished 14th, classified just ahead of Belov.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Colombo Bhaitech 16 laps
2 Caio Collet R-ace GP +1.349s
3 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport +6.848s
4 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix +7.784s
5 Alex Quinn Arden +8.423s
6 David Vidales JD Motorsport +16.428s
7 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix +16.885s
8 Ugo de Wilde Arden +16.967s
9 Hadrien David MP Motorsport +17.382s
10 Paul Aron ART Grand Prix +18.654s
11 William Alatalo JD Motorsport +19.829s
12 Reshad de Gerus Arden +20.858s
13 Amaury Cordeel FA Racing by Manor +26.917s
14 Elias Seppanen R-ace GP +27.343s
15 Michael Belov R-ace GP +27.891s
16 Tijmen van der Helm FA Racing by Manor +29.134s
17 Petr Ptacek MP Motorsport +30.635s
18 Nicola Marinangeli Bhaitech +31.482s
19 Laszlo Toth Bhaitech +48.473s
Fastest lap: Collet, 2m00.049s

Championship standings
 Martins 330   2 Collet 292   3 Colapinto 198.5   4 Quinn 173   5 Vidales 165   6 Colombo 145   7 Saucy 95.5   8 Alatalo 86   9 de Wilde 84.5   10 David 71