Gabriele Mini holds off Dino Beganovic to take his second win in the 2022 Formula Regional European Championship.
The race ended with a sprint to the flag after a late safety car was brought out by a crash further down the field.
Beganovic kept the pressure on poleman Mini but wasn’t able to make a move, and the championship leader finished 0.287 seconds behind.
The stop-start second race of the weekend at Paul Ricard began with an opening lap safety car interruption following a multi-car collision that took out Victor Bernier, Maceo Capietto and Owen Tangavelou.
By this point, Beganovic had already taken second from Gabriel Bortoleto and was close behind Mini.
Mini got the better restart, but Beganovic soon recovered. The two led a train of drivers where anybody who attempted a move came under pressure from those behind. Beganovic briefly got alongside Mini, only to fall back and come under attack from Kas Haverkort who couldn’t make the move stick and was then challenged by Bortoleto.
The string of battles at the front of the order was paused when Pietro delli Guanti, Joshua Dufek and Esteban Masson tried to go three-wide at the chicane. The trio made contact with one another and two cars were left stranded on track.
It was a lengthy safety car period, but the track was green for a short dash to the flag, which Mini ultimately won.
Haverkort took third ahead of Paul Aron and Hadrien David, who made up two positions in the final two laps.
Bortoleto dropped back to sixth, finishing just ahead of the battling Mikhael Belov, Mari Boya and Lorenzo Fluxa.
At the tail end of the top 10, Roman Bilinski held off Tim Tramnitz and Sebastian Montoya in a tight battle for the rookie classification win.
|1||Gabriele Mini||ART Grand Prix||14 laps|
|3||Kas Haverkort||Van Amersfoort Racing||+0.950s|
|5||Hadrien David||R-ace GP||+2.457s|
|6||Gabriel Bortoleto||R-ace GP||+2.885s|
|7||Michael Belov||MP Motorsport||+3.486s|
|8||Mari Boya||ART Grand Prix||+3.850s|
|9||Lorenzo Fluxa||R-ace GP||+4.286s|
|14||Laurens van Hoepen||ART Grand Prix||+7.321s|
|15||Pietro Delli Guanti||R-P-M||+8.049s|
|17||Santiago Ramos||KIC Motorsport||+9.270s|
|18||Francesco Braschi||KIC Motorsport||+9.976s|
|20||Sami Meguetounif||MP Motorsport||+11.986s|
|22||Pietro Armanni||Monolite Racing||+12.919s|
|23||Matias Zagazeta||G4 Racing||+13.422s|
|25||Axel Gnos||G4 Racing||+14.118s|
|26||Joshua Dufek||Van Amersfoort Racing||+14.300s|
|27||Hamda Al Qubaisi||Prema||+14.781s|
|28||Piotr Wisnicki||KIC Motorsport||+15.211s|
|29||Nicolas Baptiste||FA Racing by MP||+15.506s|
|30||Cenyu Han||Monolite Racing||+1 lap|
|Ret||Esteban Masson||FA Racing by MP|
|Ret||Owen Tangavelou||G4 Racing|
|Ret||Victor Bernier||FA Racing by MP|
|Ret||Maceo Capietto||Monolite Racing|
|Ret||Levente Revesz||Van Amersfoort Racing|
|Fastest lap: Aron, 2m00.002s