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Saucy controls second FREC race at Paul Ricard to extend points lead

by Ida Wood

Photo: FRECA

Gregoire Saucy brought his Formula Regional European Championship lead back up to 23 points with victory in race two at Paul Ricard.

The Swiss driver won the opening race of the weekend but was then disqualified for a washer used the wrong way around, and he rebounded on Sunday morning by comfortably taking pole.

That pace advantage extended into the race, and he was given a gift at the start when R-ace GP’s Hadrien David has trouble and he had to start from the pitlane rather than the front row alongside Saucy.

David’s absence did however give more room to Saucy’s ART Grand Prix team-mate Gabriele Mini off the line, and he drew alongside Saucy into the first corner. That challenge lasted a single sector, then it appeared Mini faced car problems of his own at the end of the opening lap as his straightline speed was significantly down on his rivals and he dropped to fourth.

Mini lost further places around the lap before going to pitlane to retire, while JD Motorsport’s Michael Belov and Arden’s William Alatalo rose into second and third. Belov, on his first FREC weekend, established himself in second place while Alatalo soon came under pressure from R-ace’s Isack Hadjar.

While Saucy and Belov’s places were settled fairly quickly, the battle for third raged on the entire race with Hadjar frequently trying to go around the outside of Signes but could never quite get his nose ahead.

FA Racing’s Andrea Rosso ran in their mirrors until he had to start defending from R-ace’s Zane Maloney, although fifth place seemed to be secured when the safety car came out with a few minutes to go as Arden’s Nicola Marinangeli spun out.

However the safety car returned to the pits to leave one lap of green flag action, and Rosso had to work hard to keep fifth while Saucy romped to victory.

David made up 14 places in the opening four laps, made up another seven in the next few laps and was running in 12th when the safety car came out. He passed Prema’s Dino Beganovic for 11th at the restart, then barged past ART GP’s Thomas ten Brinke with a few corners to go to finish 10th.

Race results

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 16 laps
2 Michael Belov JD Motorsport +0.739s
3 William Alatalo Arden +1.358s
4 Isack Hadjar R-ace GP +1.663s
5 Andrea Rosso FA Racing by MP +2.502s
6 Zane Maloney R-ace GP +2.956s
7 Patrik Pasma KIC Motorsport +3.406s
8 David Vidales Prema +3.954s
9 Paul Aron Prema +4.265s
10 Hadrien David R-ace GP +5.290s
11 Thomas ten Brinke ART Grand Prix +5.702s
12 Dino Beganovic Prema +6.513s
13 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport +6.675s
14 Pietro Delli Guanti Monolite Racing +7.019s
15 Elias Seppanen KIC Motorsport +7.063s
16 Kas Haverkort MP Motorsport +7.472s
17 Oliver Goethe MP Motorsport +7.771s
18 Tommy Smith JD Motorsport +9.332s
19 Alessandro Famularo G4 Racing +10.234s
20 Lorenzo Fluxa Van Amersfoort Racing +10.760s
21 Brad Benavides DR Formula +11.166s
22 Alex Quinn Arden +11.409s
23 Emidio Pesce DR Formula +12.204s
24 Alexandre Bardinon FA Racing by MP +12.900s
25 Belen Garcia G4 Racing +13.222s
26 Axel Gnos G4 Racing +14.194s
27 Nico Gohler KIC Motorsport +14.842s
28 Gabriel Bortoleto FA Racing by MP +14.939s
29 Eduardo Barrichello JD Motorsport +16.370s
30 Lena Buhler R-ace GP +16.805s
31 Mari Boya Van Amersfoort Racing +19.592s
Ret Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Nicola Marinangeli Arden
Ret Jasin Ferati Monolite Racing
Ret Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix
Fastest lap: Belov, 1m58.994s

Championship standings
Saucy 110   2 Maloney 87   3 Hadjar 85   4 David 81   5 Quinn 78   6 Aron 76   7 Alatalo 58   8 Mini 56   9 Vidales 52   10 Pasma 45