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PaddockScout Roundup: GP2 and GP3 Monza

by Peter Allen

GP2: Vandoorne wins again, Palmer extends lead with superb recovery

GP2 Monza

Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service

Stoffel Vandoorne claimed his third win in GP2 and his second in a feature race – at Monza. The McLaren junior scored his second straight pole position, and this time held on to take victory. In the sprint race, a stall at the start restricted him to 13th place. Nonetheless, his pole and win were enough to move him closer to the top two in the standings.

Jolyon Palmer recovered from being excluded from qualifying to win the sprint race and extend his lead in the championship. Fourth fastest in qualifying, he didn’t have the required amount of fuel remaining in his car after the session, forcing him to start the feature race from the back. He came through to finish eighth, putting him on reverse grid pole for the sprint and setting up his third win of the campaign, and his first since Monaco.

Rival Felipe Nasr failed to capitalise on Palmer’s problem, gaining just one place from where he started in the feature race and finishing sixth. He would then repeat that result in the sprint race after a poor start from third on the grid. That leaves him 41 points behind Palmer, almost entirely undoing the work he did at Spa to cut the gap from 43 to 32.

Arthur Pic was on the pace all weekend, chasing Vandoorne home in second place in the feature race and following that with seventh in the sprint. Mitch Evans completed the podium on Saturday, but retired on Sunday after contact. Stefano Coletti came from ninth to second in the sprint race, ahead of fellow Monaco man Stephane Richelmi, who had been fourth on Saturday. Andre Negrao has now scored points in the last four races after a pair of fifths at Monza. After his Spa win, Raffaele Marciello had another tough weekend at home, with races affected by incidents.

GP2 Series Round 9/11 ? Monza, Italy
Race 1
Report: Vandoorne converts pole into victory in Monza GP2 feature race
1st: Stoffel Vandoorne 2nd: Arthur Pic 3rd: Mitch Evans
Race 2
Report: Palmer wins Monza sprint race to extend GP2 points lead
1st: Jolyon Palmer 2nd: Stefano Coletti 3rd: Stephane Richelmi
Championship standings
1 Jolyon Palmer 231 pts
2 Felipe Nasr 190 pts
3 Stoffel Vandoorne 164 pts
4 Johnny Cecotto 128 pts
5 Mitch Evans 125 pts
6 Stefano Coletti 114 pts
Next round: Sochi (11-12 October)

GP3: Eriksson and Stoneman win, Lynn pulls away from Stanaway

GP3 Monza

Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service

Jimmy Eriksson scored his second GP3 victory in the opening race at Monza from pole position, just as he did at Silverstone. Finsihing eighth in race two, the Swede has moved back up to third in the standings after three low-scoring weekends, but is 58 points off the lead. Dean Stoneman got his third win of the campaign in race two after a great start from fourth on the grid, having finished fifth in race one.

Alex Lynn finished back in sixth in race one after a trip across the inside of the first chicane at the start dropped him back to eighth. In race two he battled with Stoneman for the win before settling for second. He is now 50 points ahead of rival Richie Stanaway, who suffered an off of his own on the first lap of race one, leaving him ninth, and then suffered a an engine failure while on for points in race two.

Dino Zamparelli suffered his fourth second-place finish in the space of six races after failing to beat Eriksson to the win in race one, and finished back in ninth in race two. Marvin Kirchhofer completed the podium after a strong race, and impressively managed to repeat that feat on Sunday. Emil Bernstorff continued his consistent run with two fourths.

GP3 Series Round 7/9 ? Monza, Italy
Race 1
Report: Eriksson holds off Zamparelli to win first Monza race
1st: Jimmy Eriksson 2nd: Dino Zamparelli 3rd: Marvin Kirchhofer
Race 2
Report: Stoneman beats Lynn to race two win at Monza
1st: Dean Stoneman 2nd: Alex Lynn 3rd: Marvin Kirchhofer
Championship standings
1 Alex Lynn 173 pts
2 Richie Stanaway 123 pts
3 Jimmy Eriksson 115 pts
4 Emil Bernstorff 111 pts
5 Marvin Kirchhofer 107 pts
6 Nick Yelloly 102 pts
Next round: Sochi (11-12 October)

Euroformula Open: Stuvik nears title with another double at Spa

Sandy Stuvik

Photo: Fotospeedy

Sandy Stuvik pulled away from the opposition in Euroformula Open with his third and fourth wins on the bounce at Spa. The Thai driver was dominant at the classic Belgian venue, winning both races from pole with margins of around 13 seconds. The second year driver is now 45 points clear with two weekends remaining.

His nearest rival Alex Palou was second in race one after fighting for the lead early on, while in race two he finished back in fifth. Artur Janosz finished race one in 14th, a lap down, after an incorrect gamble on wet tyres in mixed conditions, but bounced back to take second in race two.

Dzhon Simonyan scored his first podium with third in race one, while Yu Kanamaru claimed his third top-three finish in race two. European F3 driver Alex Toril took a fourth and a seventh on his return to the series.

Euroformula Open Round 6/8 ? Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Race 1
Report: Stuvik is victorious in challenging EF Open Saturday race
1st: Sandy Stuvik 2nd: Alex Palou 3rd: Dzhon Simonyan
Race 2
Report: Stuvik reigns supreme in second Euroformula Open race at Spa
1st: Sandy Stuvik 2nd: Artur Janosz 3rd: Yu Kanamaru
Championship standings
1 Sandy Stuvik 241 pts
2 Alex Palou 196 pts
3 Artur Janosz 179 pts
4 Yu Kanamaru 93 pts
5 Yarin Stern 84 pts
6 Konstantin Tereshchenko 63 pts
Next round: Monza (27-28 September)

Formula Renault 2.0 Alps: De Vries secures title in style

Alps Mugello

Photo: Fast Lane Promotion

Nyck de Vries wrapped up the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps crown with a double victory at Mugello – his fourth such feat from six rounds. The McLaren protege was never headed during the two races after taking a pair of pole positions, and his victory in the first race was enough to put him out of reach.

After a double of his own at the last round at Monza two months ago, rookie Charles Leclerc was forced to settle for second in both races as he now looks to cement P2 in the standings. His rival for that position Matevos Isaakyan was only seventh in race one, before taking third in race two. There are 19 points between them with one round remaining.

Eurocup regular Bruno Bonifacio took a third and a fourth, while fellow Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi was fourth in race one, ahead of?George Russell, and then eighth behind the Briton in race two.

Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Round 6/7 ? Mugello, Italy
Race 1
Report: De Vries wins straightforward Mugello race, clinches Alps title
1st: Nyck de Vries 2nd: Charles Leclerc 3rd: Bruno Bonifacio
Race 2
Report: De Vries wins again in red-flagged race two
1st: Nyck de Vries 2nd: Charles Leclerc 3rd: Matevos Isaakyan
Championship standings
1 Nyck de Vries 250 pts
2 Charles Leclerc 166 pts
3 Matevos Isaakyan 147 pts
4 George Russell 101 pts
5 Simon Gachet 68 pts
6 Alessio Rovera 65 pts
Next round: Jerez (4-5 October)

French F4: Hirsiger takes his turn at Magny-Cours

French F4

Photo: Auto Sport Academy

Felix Hirsiger became the fourth driver in as many rounds to win both main races in a French F4 weekend at Magny-Cours. The Anglo-Swiss driver took his maiden single-seater win in the first race from pole keeping Lasse Sorensen at bay, was sixth in the reverse grid second race, and then won race three after a last lap challenge from Joseph Mawson. Hirsiger is up to second in the points, 38 behind Sorensen with three rounds remaining.

After his second place in race one, Sorensen went on to finish eighth in race two and then third in race three. Dorian Boccolacci completed the race one podium, but then retired from race two and finished back in 12th in race two. The Lotus F1 junior is therefore now 52 points off Sorensen and nine ahead of Australian driver Mawson, who progressed from fourth, to third and then second during the weekend.

Denis Bulatov repeated his Pau reverse grid win in race two, with Valentin Hasse-Clot in second.

French F4 Championship Round 4/7 ? Magny-Cours, France
Race 1
Report: Hirsiger fends off Sorensen to take maiden French F4 win
1st: Felix Hirsiger 2nd: Lasse Sorensen 3rd: Dorian Boccolacci
Race 2
Denis Bulatov takes second reverse-grid win of season at Magny-Cours
1st: Denis Bulatov 2nd: Valentin Hasse-Clot 3rd: Joseph Mawson
Race 3
Report: Hirsiger doubles up at Magny-Cours
1st: Felix Hirsiger 2nd: Joseph Mawson 3rd: Lasse Sorensen
Championship standings
1 Lasse Sorensen 195 pts
2 Felix Hirsiger 157 pts
3 Dorian Boccolacci 143 pts
4 Joseph Mawson 136 pts
5 Denis Bulatov 106 pts
6 Paul Hokfelt 67 pts
Next round: Nogaro (27-28 September)

Formula Ford GB: Kruger wins twice but loses ground to Scott

Jayde Kruger

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Jayde Kruger scored another two Formula Ford GB wins at Rockingham but actually saw the gap to rival Harrison Scott increase after retiring from race two. A third straight victory in the opening race drew him level on points with Scott, but a fuel pump then took him out of race two and dropped him to 24 points adrift. The race three win cut that gap back down to 17.

Scott continued his recent run of consistency, taking his third, fourth and fifth consecutive third place finishes. Ashley Sutton was second in the opening two races, but then missed the third after overheating his engine. Max Marshall was fourth in race one, took his second win in race two, and then beat Scott to second place in race three.

Ricky Collard continued his recent form with fifth and fourth in the opening two races, but was then forced out of race three with a cockpit fire. Louise Richardson had already passed him early on to take a fine fourth, after a sixth and fifth from the earlier races.

Formula Ford GB Round 8/10 ? Rockingham, UK
Race 1
Report: Kruger wins first Rockingham race to tie on points with Scott
1st: Jayde Kruger 2nd: Ashley Sutton 3rd: Harrison Scott
Race 2
Report: Max Marshall wins race two at Rockingham, Kruger retires
1st: Max Marshall 2nd: Ashley Sutton 3rd: Harrison Scott
Race 3
Report: Jayde Kruger bounces back to win Rockingham finale
1st: Jayde Kruger 2nd: Max Marshall 3rd: Harrison Scott
Championship standings
1 Harrison Scott 582 pts
2 Jayde Kruger 565 pts
3 Max Marshall 491 pts
4 Juan Rosso 459 pts
5 James Abbott 437 pts
6 Ashley Sutton 435 pts
Next round: Silverstone (27-28 September)

Formula Renault 1.6 Nordic: Aron wins both races at Solvalla

Ralf Aron

Photo: STCC

Ralf Aron claimed victory in the two Formula Renault 1.6 Nordic races at Solvalla. The Estonian led race one comfortably after jumping from third to first at the start, while he dominated race two from pole position.

Kevin Aabol took a second and a third from the two races, climbing to second in the standings and closing the gap to leader Joonas Lappalainen to 24 points with one round remaining. Lappalainen was finished back in eighth in race one after serving a drive-through for a jump start, and finished in the same position in race two.

Robert Svensson completed the podium behind Aron and Aabol in race one and then finished fourth in race two, while Pontus Fredricsson took second in race two after coming fourth in race one.

Formula Renault 1.6 Nordic Round 6/7 ? Solvalla, Sweden
Report: Aron sweeps FR1.6 Nordic round at Solvalla
Race 1
1st: Ralf Aron 2nd: Kevin Aabol 3rd: Robert Svensson
Race 2
1st: Ralf Aron 2nd: Pontus Fredricsson 3rd: Kevin Aabol
Championship standings
1 Joonas Lappalainen 213 pts
2 Kevin Aabol 189 pts
3 Lukas Sundahl 171 pts
4 Pontus Fredricsson 163 pts
5 Robert Svensson 146 pts
6 Ilmari Korpivaara 105 pts
Next round: Mantorp Park (19-20 September)

F3 Brazil: Piquet and Baptista secure respective titles with a win each

Pedro Piquet

Photo: Duda Bairros/Vicar

Pedro Piquet wrapped up the F3 Brazil title with two rounds to spare at Velopark. The 16-year-old took his eighth win from 11 races in the opener, and fifth in race two (third in the main class) after a drive-through for not respecting yellow flags was enough for him to secure the crown, as he is 79 points ahead with only 60 available.

His Cesario team-mate Vitor Baptista wrapped up the Light class for older cars with an outright victory in race two, after Renan Guerra slowed with a differential problem late on. For the first time, Baptista failed to win his class in race one, retiring with a battery problem.

In race one, Lukas Moraes and Matheus Leist made the podium behind Piquet – the latter taking the Light class win in Baptista’s absence. Leonardo Souza took third in race two behind Baptista and Guerra.

F3 Brazil Round 6/8 ? Velopark, Brazil
Race 1
1st: Pedro Piquet 2nd: Lukas Moraes 3rd: Matheus Leist
Race 2
1st: Vitor Baptista 2nd: Renan Guerra 3rd: Leonardo Souza
Championship standings
1 Pedro Piquet 163 pts
2 Lukas Moraes 84 pts
3 Bruno Etman 80 pts
4 Renan Guerra 65 pts
5 Raphael Raucci 57 pts
6 Arthur Fortunato 54 pts
Next round: Curitiba (18-19 October)

Star Driver: Sandy Stuvik

This wasn’t the first time that Stuvik has won both races in a Euroformula Open round this year, and it’s arguably not a surprise as a driver who finished second in the 2013 standings, but the Thai driver was absolutely dominant at Spa, winning both races by over ten seconds and giving himself a decent margin at the head of the championship with two rounds to go.

Sandy Stuvik

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