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Martins wins Eurocup race two at Spa, Ye reclaims points lead

by Bethonie Waring

Victor Martins took his second Formula Renault Eurocup victory of the season at Spa-Francorchamps as Yifei Ye reclaimed the championship lead.

Martins triumphed in a three car breakaway including R-ace GP team-mate and poleman Logan Sargeant and Josef Kaufmann Racing’s Ye.

The race winning move came at Les Combes, and Martins was able to break the?tow to Sargeant as the American battled with Ye for second place.

Sargeant managed to just hold on to make it a R-ace GP 1-2, finishing less than half a second ahead of Ye.

Christian Lundgaard, who had taken the championship lead by a single point with victory in race one, started third but found himself on the wrong side of the slipstream and slipped down the order to finish eighth.

He dropped to fourth on the first lap, then spent the first half of the race battling with JD Motorsport’s Thomas Maxwell.

The pair swapped positions a number of times, with the battle allowing Maxwell’s team-mate Lorenzo Colombo and Lundgaard’s fellow Renault Formula 1 juniors Max Fewtrell and Arthur Rougier to close the gap.

Maxwell eventually managed to break the tow to Lundgaard, with the MP Motorsport driver coming under pressure from behind.

Rougier was next to get past in a move that took two drivers at once, with Colombo and then Fewtrell finding a way through.

Colombo beat Rougier to fifth, and with Fewtrell relegating Lundgaard to eighth, it means Ye now leads the standings by 10 points.

Arden’s Oscar Piastri and Ye’s team-mate Richard Verschoor completed the top 10.

Drama hit the first corner of the race when Arden team-mates Sami Taoufik and Nikita Volegov came together. Volegov barrel-rolled into the run off area, but his car landed the right side up and he was able to get out without assistance.

The incident brought out the safety car, which prompted more disappointment for Neil Verhagen, who was handed a drive through penalty for not respecting the safety car procedure.

On the final corner of the race Raul Guzman and Alexander Smolyar collided, leading to Guzman trundling slowly to the finish line down in 23rd place.

Phil Hill took maximum Northern European Cup points with an 18th place finish, meaning he now leads the standings.

Douried Ghattas and Gabriel Gandula finished 20th and 21st, and are now second and third in the standings. Logan Sargeant has dropped to fourth as a result of being entered for Eurocup points at Spa-Francorchamps instead.


Race results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Victor Martins R-ace GP 12 laps
2 Logan Sargeant R-ace GP +1.825s
3 Yifei Ye Josef Kaufmann Racing +2.296s
4 Thomas Maxwell JD Motorsport +5.459s
5 Lorenzo Colombo JD Motorsport +7.792s
6 Arthur Rougier Fortec Motorsports +8.708s
7 Max Fewtrell R-ace GP +9.003s
8 Christian Lundgaard MP Motorsport +10.287s
9 Oscar Piastri Arden +10.894s
10 Richard Verschoor Josef Kaufmann Racing +11.418s
11 Frank Bird Tech 1 Racing +11.943s
12 Eliseo Martinez AVF +12.747s
13 Charles Milesi R-ace GP +13.437s
14 Xavier Lloveras AVF +19.397s
15 Najiy Razak JD Motorsport +21.195s
16 Alexander Smolyar Tech 1 Racing +22.852s
17 Christian Munoz AVF +23.278s
18 Phil Hill Anders Motorsport +23.998s
19 Vladimir Tziortzis Fortec Motorsports +24.341s
20 Douried Ghattas Anders Motorsport +32.118s
21 Gabriel Gandula R-ace GP +34.653s
22 Neil Verhagen Tech 1 Racing +38.795s
23 Raul Guzman Fortec Motorsports +39.224s
Ret Jarno Opmeer MP Motorsport
Ret Alex Peroni MP Motorsport
Ret Axel Matus AVF
Ret Sami Taoufik Arden
Ret Nikita Volegov Arden
Fastest Lap: Martins, 2m20.881s

Eurocup standings
?Ye 157? ?2?Lundgaard 147? ?3?Martins 127? ?4?Fewtrell 125.5? ?5?Sargeant 100? ?6?Colombo 94.5 ??7?Milesi 83.5? ?8?Peroni 65? ?9 Piastri 53? ?10?Maxwell 46

Northern European Cup standings
1?Hill 102? ?2?Ghattas 96? ?3?Gandula 88? ?4?Sargeant 87? ?5 Martins 83? ?6?Peroni 60? ?7?Thomas Neubauer 58? ?8?Milesi 57? ?9 Bird 52? ?10 Lundgaard 48