South African racer Callan O’Keeffe celebrated his maiden Formula Renault NEC victory at Assen with a confident performance from pole position.
The first lap of the race saw the safety car come out as a result of an incident which forced championship leader Steijn Schothorst into retirement.
When the action continued, O’Keeffe carried on in the lead and was closely trailed by the trio of Ben Barnicoat, Gustav Malja and Seb Morris.?
However, the top four remained unchanged for the rest of the race – Barnicoat and Malja completed the podium, while Morris was fourth.
Series returnee Alex Albon secured fifth place while Josef Kaufmann’s Ryan Tveter picked up sixth.
Matthew Graham took seventh, ahead of Louis Deletraz, who had to settle with eighth despite having started on the front row. Euronova’s Ukyo Sasahara and Speedfish-Racing’s Stefan Riener completed the top ten.
As a result of Schothorst’s retirement and Barnicoat’s podium, the British karting graduate now leads the championship by eleven points.
|1||Callan O’Keeffe||ART Junior Team||14 laps in 25:34.821|
|2||Ben Barnicoat||Fortec Motorsports||+1.003|
|3||Gustav Malja||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+1.770|
|4||Seb Morris||Fortec Motorsports||+2.257|
|6||Ryan Tveter||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+11.048|
|8||Louis Deletraz||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+12.516|
|13||Robin Hansson||Fragus BR Motorsport||+17.571|
|16||Jake Hughes||Mark Burdett Motorsport||+22.649|
|17||Julio Moreno||Manor MP||+29.805|
|18||Martin Kodric||Fortec Motorsports||+29.878|
|19||Philip Hamprecht||Inter Europol||+33.195|
|22||Michele La Rosa||Euronova||+52.052|
|Raoul Owens||Mark Burdett Motorsport||+8 laps|
|Steijn Schothorst||Manor MP||+14 laps|