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Oscar Piastri defeats Patrik Pasma in Formula Renault Eurocup battle at Nurburgring

by Ida Wood

Photo: Renault Sport / DPPI

Oscar Piastri broke down a race-long defence by Patrik Pasma to take Formula Renault Eurocup victory in the first race at the Nurburgring.

Championship leader Piastri took pole, but a poor start meant Arden’s Pasma was able to drive around the outside of him for the lead at Turn 1 on the opening lap.

From there, Pasma held off Piastri for lap after lap until Piastri had a strong enough slipstream to move to the outside of the leader at Turn 1 towards the end of the race.

Pasma used up all of the available road and more in defence, but Piastri was still able to get past and immediately pulled away up front.

The second Arden car of Alex Quinn, making his single-seater return, had occupied third until Pasma backed up the front group and he was overtaken by Piastri’s R-ace GP team-mate Alexander Smolyar.

Piastri’s title rivals all qualified down the order, but all made up multiple positions on a chaotic first lap that led to a safety car. MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins progressed to fifth, but his team-mate Lorenzo Colombo ended up retiring and losing ground in the title fight.

FA Racing by Drivex scaled down to one car for the Nurburgring, with Alex Karkosik occupying the seat and making his championship debut. He appeared down on power at times but finished 14th.


Race results (16 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Oscar Piastri R-ace GP n
2 Patrik Pasma Arden +2.794s
3 Alexander Smolyar R-ace GP +3.428s
4 Alex Quinn Arden +3.799s
5 Victor Martins MP Motorsport +4.148s
6 Caio Collet R-ace GP +4.602s
7 Kush Maini M2 Competition +10.939s
8 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport +11.342s
9 Xavier Lloveras Global Racing Service +15.975s
10 Ugo de Wilde JD Motorsport +16.010s
11 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +16.347s
12 Joao Vieira JD Motorsport +16.721s
13 Frank Bird Arden +18.241s
14 Alex Karkosik FA Racing by Drivex +36.386s
15 Federico Malvestiti Bhaitech +2 laps
Ret Leonardo Lorandi JD Motorsport +
Ret Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport +
Ret Patrick Schott M2 Competition +37.822s
19 Alessio Deledda Global Racing Service +43.698s
20 Franco Colapinto FA Racing by Drivex +1m12.845s
21 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport +1m29.336s
Fastest lap: Smolyar, 1m57.526s

Championship Standings
?Piastri 172? ?2 Martins 157? ?3?Smolyar 141? ?4?Colombo 134? ?5 Collet 107? ?6?Maini 60? ?7?de Wilde 56? ?8?Vieira 55? ?9?Lorandi 42? ?10?Pasma 41