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Morris wins race two, Deletraz takes points lead

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Chris Schotanus / Formula Renault 2.0 NEC

Photo: Chris Schotanus / Formula Renault 2.0 NEC

Fortec Motorsports driver Seb Morris notched up his second victory of the 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC season in race two of the round at Assen.

The Welshman started the race from pole but lost out to teammate Ben Barnicoat over the opening lap. However, the Northamptonshire-based squad’s hopes of a 1-2 were immediately denied when Barnicoat’s engine gave up on the second lap, allowing Morris to retake the lead.

From that point on, it was a straightforward race for Morris, who had the pace on the rest of the field and gradually increased his gap to his rivals, eventually pulling seven seconds clear of anybody else.

Behind him, Josef Kaufmann Racing’s Ryan Tveter made a fantastic start from eighth on the grid to take third on lap one and then inherited second. He maintained position until the checkered flag, finishing two seconds ahead of teammate Louis Deletraz to claim his first podium in the series.

The Swiss driver appeared content with third, which, coupled with Barnicoat’s retirement, promoted him to the lead of the standings.

Ukyo Sasahara took fourth, ahead of Gustav Malja and Stefan Riener. Championship contender Steijn Schothorst finished seventh, while Callan O’Keeffe overtook Martin Kodric on the penultimate lap to secure eighth. Local driver Roy Geerts rounded out the top ten.

It was AVF’s Matthew Graham who took eighth on the road, but the Brit was, just as his French squadmate Jules Gounon, black-flagged due to an unserved drive-through penalty for not respecting yellow flags.

In the standings, Deletraz leads Schothorst by one point, with Barnicoat a further three down. Malja sits as best of the rest with 147 points to the leaders’ 184, 183 and 180.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Seb Morris Fortec Motorsports 16 laps in 25:56.584
2 Ryan Tveter Josef Kaufmann Racing +7.585
3 Louis Deletraz Josef Kaufmann Racing +9.918
4 Ukyo Sasahara Euronova Racing +11.476
5 Gustav Malja Josef Kaufmann Racing +16.388
6 Stefan Riener Speedfish-Racing +17.010
7 Steijn Schothorst Manor MP Motorsport +17.421
8 Callan O’Keeffe ART Junior Team +19.948
9 Martin Kodric Fortec Motorsports +22.687
10 Roy Geerts AVF +23.687
11 Jake Hughes Mark Burdett Motorsport +29.039
12 Raoul Owens Mark Burdett Motorsport +31.121
13 Philip Hamprecht Inter Europol +51.433
14 Robin Hansson Fragus BR Motorsport +55.246
15 Gregor Ramsay KTR +55.433
16 Julio Moreno Manor MP Motorsport +1:04.723
17 Michele La Rosa Euronova Racing +1:13.942
18 Harri Salminen PositiOne Motorsport +1:18.703
19 Inigo Bikuna AVF +1:24.032
Not classified
Alexander Albon KTR +9 laps
Josef Zaruba AVF +11 laps
Ben Barnicoat Fortec Motorsports +14 laps
EX Matthew Graham AVF +19.426
EX Jules Gounon AVF +58.384