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Saucy crowned FREC champion at Mugello as Aron gets first win

by Ida Wood

Photo: FRECA

Paul Aron bagged his first Formula Regional European Championship win in race one at Mugello, as Gregoire Saucy clinched the title.

ART Grand Prix driver Saucy was crowned with three races to spare by finishing fifth, after taking eight wins and eight poles this season so far.

Aron and Prema team-mate Dino Beganovic started on the front row of the race, but Beganovic was punted out at the opening corner in an incident involving MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Mari Boya.

That incident led to the safety car being called out for the early laps, and it was G4 Racing’s Michael Belov who led the restart after passing Aron on lap one before the safety car boards were shown.

Aron didn’t let him get away though, and passed him all the way around the outside of turn one. From there he maintained a gap of half a second to a second over the Russian until the safety car was called out again due to DR Formula’s Emidio Pesce and KIC Motorsport driver Nico Gohler coming together on the run to the opening corner.

The field were let free for one more lap of racing, and Aron nailed the restart to win. David Vidales, who made up four places on lap one, finished third while Arden’s William Alatalo passed ART Grand Prix’s Saucy on the last lap for fourth.

That result was still enough for the Swiss to become champion though, as all of his rivals finished outside of the points.

Gabriel Bortoleto (FA Racing) and Pietro Delli Guanti (Monolite) fought hard for sixth and seventh, with outgoing champion Gianluca Petecof (KIC) just behind them after passing the fading Gabriele Mini late on.

KIC’s Jasin Ferati had a scary mid-race spin but somehow wasn’t collected by anybody, while Arden’s Nicola Marinangeli almost had a last-lap crash when he ran wide.

Race results (14 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Paul Aron Prema 33m08.940s
2 Michael Belov G4 Racing +0.223s
3 David Vidales Prema +1.594s
4 William Alatalo Arden +1.980s
5 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix +2.843s
6 Gabriel Bortoleto FA Racing by MP +3.266s
7 Pietro Delli Guanti Monolite Racing +3.886s
8 Gianluca Petecof KIC Motorsport +4.303s
9 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix +4.632s
10 Kas Haverkort MP Motorsport +4.988s
11 Zane Maloney R-ace GP +5.306s
12 Isack Hadjar R-ace GP +5.360s
13 Ido Cohen JD Motorsport +6.067s
14 Alex Quinn Arden +6.250s
15 Oliver Goethe MP Motorsport +6.854s
16 Patrik Pasma ART Grand Prix +6.886s
17 Andrea Rosso FA Racing by MP +7.107s
18 Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing +7.544s
19 Lorenzo Fluxa Van Amersfoort Racing +8.076s
20 Jose Garfias Monolite Racing +8.721s
21 Eduardo Barrichello JD Motorsport +9.903s
22 Sami Meguetounif R-ace GP +10.622s
23 Hadrien David R-ace GP +10.959s
24 Tommy Smith JD Motorsport +11.436s
25 Dilano van’t Hoff MP Motorsport +11.925s
26 Axel Gnos G4 Racing +12.423s
27 Arias Deukmedjian FA Racing by MP +12.941s
28 Alexandre Bardinon FA Racing by MP +13.099s
29 Lena Buhler R-ace GP +13.717s
30 Nicola Marinangeli Arden +23.626s
Ret Emidio Pesce DR Formula
Ret Nico Gohler KIC Motorsport
Ret Jasin Ferati KIC Motorsport
Ret Dino Beganovic Prema
Ret Mari Boya Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport
Fastest lap: Belov, 1m44.011s

Championship standings
Saucy 249   2 David 161   3 Maloney 151   4 Aron 146   5 Hadjar 123   6 Colapinto 116   7 Mini 112   8 Quinn 104   9 Vidales 101   10 Alatalo 89