Photo: Renault Sport/DPPI
Oliver Rowland produced some fine overtaking to record his first win for Manor MP in this weekend?s opening Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race at Spa Francorchamps.
The Racing Steps Foundation driver started from fifth on the grid but charged into the lead on lap four thanks to overtakes on Oscar Tunjo and fellow Brit and pole man Jake Dennis.
Dennis had initially got away well before Rowland came through. From then on he was relatively untroubled, creating a comfortable gap between himself and Tunjo who was later passed by the Tech 1 car of Pierre Gasly.
Further back, Prema Powerteam wildcard and Alps double race winner Antonio Fuoco was busy, joining the top ten from twelfth on the grid. He enjoyed battling with team-mate Luca Ghiotto for sixth place, the pair exchanging track position numerously before Ghiotto eventually was forced to stop due to an electrical issue.
Nyck de Vries and Guilherme Silva collided on lap seven while Gasly climbed to second, passing Tunjo as Dennis lacked the pace he showed to achieve pole and continued to slip as far down as sixth with Andrea Pizzitola making a late charge to fourth place.
William Vermont who started third, dropped down to seventh as Esteban Ocon finished in eighth. Stefan Wackerbauer achieved a top ten finish and Fortec?s Mikko Pakari finished comfortably ahead of Matthieu Vaxiviere who had to settle for eleventh.
|1||Oliver Rowland||Manor MP Motorsport||12 laps in 27:49.460|
|2||Pierre Gasly||Tech 1 Racing||+1.711|
|3||Oscar Tunjo||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+5.194|
|4||Andrea Pizzitola||ART Junior Team||+8.324|
|5||Antonio Fuoco||Prema Powerteam||+9.242|
|6||Jake Dennis||Fortec Motorsports||+10.271|
|7||William Vermont||ARTA Engineering||+10.989|
|8||Esteban Ocon||ART Junior Team||+11.393|
|9||Stefan Wackerbauer||Interwetten.com Racing||+14.388|
|10||Mikko Pakari||Fortec Motorsports||+15.693|
|11||Matthieu Vaxiviere||Tech 1 Racing||+21.841|
|12||Victor Franzoni||Koiranen GP||+22.021|
|13||Levin Amweg||Jenzer Motorsport||+23.381|
|15||Bruno Bonifacio||Prema Powerteam||+24.645|
|17||Gregor Ramsay||Euronova Racing||+26.703|
|18||Kevin Jorg||Jenzer Motorsport||+27.827|
|19||Gustav Malja||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+28.153|
|20||Marcos Siebert||Jenzer Motorsport||+31.125|
|21||Ukyo Sasahara||Euronova Racing||+33.993|
|22||Hans Villemi||Atech Reid GP||+37.860|
|23||Javier Merlo||Manor MP Motorsport||+42.257|
|24||Leo Roussel||ARTA Engineering||+43.278|
|25||Francisco Amado||Euronova Racing||+57.030|
|26||Joffrey De Narda||ARTA Engineering||+57.302|
|27||Alex Bosak||Atech Reid GP||+58.359|
|28||Alejandro Abogado||Interwetten.com Racing||+1:08.357|
|29||Egor Orudzhev||Tech 1 Racing||+1:43.600|
|30||Simon Tirman||ARTA Engineering||+1:49.788|
|31||Luca Ghiotto||Prema Powerteam||+1 lap|
|32||Konstantin Tereschenko||Interwetten.com Racing||+1 lap|
|Steijn Schothorst||Josef Kaufmann Racing||7 laps|
|Guilherme Silva||Koiranen GP||6 laps|
|Nyck De Vries||Koiranen GP||6 laps|
|Aurelien Panis||RC Formula||5 laps|
|Ignazio D’Agosto||KTR||4 laps|
|Benjamin Bailly||RC Formula||3 laps|
|Alex Baron||ART Junior Team||3 laps|