ART Grand Prix’s Gregoire Saucy won the first Formula Regional European Championship race of the weekend at Paul Ricard from pole position.
The 30-minute race was cut short by two minutes before it got underway, as Monaco winner Isack Hadjar had an issue on the grid, prompting a second formation lap.
Saucy made a decent start to assert himself into the lead, but the safety car was brought out before the end of lap one.
Van Amersfoort Racing’s Mari Boya had run wide at Turn 5 and dropped back through the order as he took to an alternative route.
When he was back on track, he found himself racing team-mate Lorenzo Fluxa down the Mistral Straight, but a third car came along and squeezed the team-mates into each other, eliminating both.
With 17 minutes on the clock, racing resumed and Saucy was able to gradually open up a gap to R-ace GP’s Hadrien David.
The gap was around three seconds when, with two minutes to go, the safety car was called upon again for team-mates colliding.
G4 Racing’s Axel Gnos and Alessandro Famularo were squabbling over 21st place when Gnos locked up and tagged Famularo.
This meant the race ended behind the safety car, with the top six unchanged from qualifying as little overtaking occurred.
This meant JD Motorsport wildcard debutant Michael Belov finished third, but the 15 points for the position were awarded to ART GP’s Gabriele Mini in fourth.
R-ace’s other Monaco winner Zane Maloney was fifth, ahead of KIC Motorsport’s Patrik Pasma. Arden’s Alex Quinn made up a position, as did MP’s Kas Haverkort (who scored his first points of 2021) ahead of Thomas ten Brinke.
Arden’s William Alatalo came 10th, while Prema’s Dino Beganovic rounded out the point scorers in 11th.
There was some scrapping further back, with the most dramatic being G4’s Belen Garcia running wide and breaking her front wing. R-ace’s Hadjar did get going from the pitlane and ended the race in 22nd.
MP Motorsport’s Oliver Goethe and Monolite Racing’s Piedro Delli Guanti are under investigation for overtaking under the first safety car period, but they finished outside of the points.
|1||Gregoire Saucy||ART Grand Prix||14 laps|
|2||Hadrien David||R-ace GP||+0.329s|
|3||Michael Belov||JD Motorsport||+1.070s|
|4||Gabriele Mini||ART Grand Prix||+1.486s|
|5||Zane Maloney||R-ace GP||+2.347s|
|6||Patrik Pasma||KIC Motorsport||+2.885s|
|8||Kas Haverkort||MP Motorsport||+4.138s|
|9||Thomas ten Brinke||ART Grand Prix||+4.807s|
|13||Franco Colapinto||MP Motorsport||+8.883s|
|14||Andrea Rosso||FA Racing by MP||+8.943s|
|16||Elias Seppanen||KIC Motorsport||+10.883s|
|17||Oliver Goethe||MP Motorsport||+11.590s|
|18||Pietro Delli Guanti||Monolite Racing||+12.117s|
|19||Gabriel Bortoleto||FA Racing by MP||+12.579s|
|20||Eduardo Barrichello||JD Motorsport||+13.783s|
|21||Francesco Pizzi||Van Amersfoort Racing||+14.217s|
|22||Isack Hadjar||R-ace GP||+14.752s|
|23||Jasin Ferati||Monolite Racing||+15.592s|
|24||Tommy Smith||JD Motorsport||+16.428s|
|25||Emidio Pesce||DR Formula||+18.185s|
|27||Alexandre Bardinon||FA Racing by MP||+23.875s|
|28||Nico Gohler||KIC Motorsport||+24.032s|
|29||Brad Benavides||DR Formula||+24.508s|
|30||Lena Buhler||R-ace GP||+24.845s|
|31||Belen Garcia||G4 Racing||+26.136s|
|Ret||Axel Gnos||G4 Racing|
|Ret||Alessandro Famularo||G4 Racing|
|Ret||Mari Boya||Van Amersfoort Racing|
|Ret||Lorenzo Fluxa||Van Amersfoort Racing|
|Fastest lap: Saucy, 1m59.306s