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Petecof holds off Leclerc to win FREC race two at Paul Ricard

by Elliot Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Gianluca Petecof extended his Formula Regional European Championship points lead with victory in the second race at Paul Ricard.

The Brazilian, who still does not have the budget to complete the full season, had to fend off pressure from fellow Ferrari junior and Prema team-mate Arthur Leclerc throughout the race, but the Monegasque’s attempted overtakes usually ended up with wheelspin and a loss of momentum going into the next corner.

Their gap to the battle for third place was minimal until the final few minutes, when successive fastest laps enabled KIC Motorsport’s Juri Vips to try a move on Van Amersfoort Racing’s Pierre-Louis Chovet.

He couldn’t complete a pass in the twisty final sector until the last corner, where they ran side-by-side (and off-track) through to end of the first sector on the next ap where Vips finally completed the move. In the process he had dropped three seconds to the lead Prema drivers though, meaning he had to make do with a third place finish.

Oliver Rasmussen had an early tussle with Patrik Pasma before an unopposed run to fifth in the third Prema car, with Pasma similarly lonely in taking sixth for KIC Motorsport.

Single-seater returnee Facu Regalia came seventh in the second VAR entry, with Gillian Henrion improving in eighth place for his family-run team.

Jamie Chadwick’s set-up issues continued, and she was in ninth place before jumping over the kerbs at the Minstral chicane with two laps to go, losing her front wing and then clattering into DR Formula’s Emidio Pesce as he tried to pass the Prema driver. Both ended up crashing into the barriers running down the straight, joining KIC’s Konsta Lappalainen in the list of retirees.

The crash between Chadwick and Pesce promoted Monolite Racing’s Andrea Cola to a points finish in ninth.

 

Race results (17 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Gianluca Petecof Prema 33m41.933s
2 Arthur Leclerc Prema +1.213s
3 Juri Vips KIC Motorsport +4.348s
4 Pierre-Louis Chovet Van Amersfoort Racing +6.725s
5 Oliver Rasmussen Prema +7.306s
6 Patrik Pasma KIC Motorsport +14.567s
7 Facu Regalia Van Amersfoort Racing +21.205s
8 Gillian Henrion Gillian Track Events +27.324s
9 Andrea Cola Monolite Racing +1m10.895s
Ret Emidio Pesce DR Formula
Ret Jamie Chadwick Prema
Ret Konsta Lappalainen KIC Motorsport
Fastest lap: Vips, 1m58.042s

Championship standings:
1 Petecof 98   2 Leclerc 86   3 Rasmussen 73   4 Pasma 58   5 Chovet 53   6 Vips 47   7 Chadwick 28   8 Henrion 15   9 Cola 14   10 Regalia 12